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Old 09-09-01, 07:06 PM   #1
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Omnidirectioal Headwinds

Who knows the feared, ruthless and cruel Omnidirectional headwind?

Ride with a tailwind
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Old 09-09-01, 07:24 PM   #2
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I refuse to admit that I know this fellow...

Actually, the "venturi effect" produces a powerful "unidirectional wind" between certain buildings downtown...

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Old 09-09-01, 07:36 PM   #3
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I know the Omni-directional headwind all too well. I have fought many a noble battle against him, but I have yet to emerge the victor.

Ah, tis well to fight another day though. I must now retire to ponder the reason why campfire smoke always blows in your face. I sense a powerful conection between the two.

One day I will have them beaten. One day.
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Old 09-09-01, 08:18 PM   #4
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I also know the omni-climb. I can't count all the times I swore I must be going slightly uphill when the road looked perfectly flat!
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In Green Bay!?!

I could have sworn hills (even really subtle ones) didn't exist in that part of the country. I have been able to find one hill in Appleton, and it's not even in Appleton (it's in Sherwood, more or less).

Ah well, maybe those in Green Bay are more fortunate (I have yet to ride there, but all in good time).
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The only thing in the world I love more than a good headwind is a good solid hill, and maybe a good solid downpour. I think a long ride with nothing but a tailwind would get boring.
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Yes, I do so love the feeling of having to hammer the pedals downhill because of the fear of slowing so much that I might loose balance if I just coast.

'Course the fat-tire heavy mountain bike I'm ridin' doesn't exactly make me an official speed demon either.
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Anyone ride the bike path along the beach in LA?
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Yes, I do so love the feeling of having to hammer the pedals downhill because of the fear of slowing so much that I might loose balance if I just coast.
Yes, sometimes here the wind is so bad I feel like standing still going downhill on a steep incline.
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I rode the LA beach path (santa monica/venice) in June. It was a nice change from Griffith Park, where I was baked alive.
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I was also baked in the ovenlike neighborhoods of the valley, so the beach winds were great.
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It always seems like the wind is in my face on the LA bike path. I am moving to Sacramento soon and I swear I will miss that bike path the most. It is a great place to ride.
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Today stopped at a traffic light, I practially got knocked over by a gusting cross-wind (though I would have sworn that just minutes before it had been a head wind). Oh, yeah. My husband did get knocked off his bike, though he managed to land on his feet. They don't call Chicago the windy city for nothing.
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Lightboy: you think Green Bay has no hills, try North Holland! The biggest hill I ever see is the cycle bridge over the new Route 205. There are only so many ways to fit that into my daily rides.

But this is also a great place for the ubiquitous headwind. Very flat, about 20 Km from the North Sea, and often along the dikes, where on one side there are many meters of water with no wind breaks at all.

My wife and I often laugh (yeah, right) about the headwinds. But while we only have our city bikes, there is no topping them out!

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This fellow has been my constant companion the last few days. The wind here has been from the northeast. Since my commute is southeastward AM and northwestward PM, I have a quartering headwind most of each ride with a dash of straight on. If I'm lucky I get a couple of blocks of tailwind at one point.
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AH HA!, I knew I wasn't the only victim!!!!
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About Chicago, the "Windy City." Many folks are not aware that there is another reason for being called the "Windy City." I quote:

"Chicago is the Windy City, an homage both to its weather and to the bragging that went on when Chicago was competing for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition."

Thought you might be interested!
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