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Road Cycling It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 06-10-13, 07:47 AM   #51
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Wind on the prarie in Kansas sucks. This year's Dirty Kanza, there was a mid 20's headwind for a solid 100 miles. And there's just nothing to block it, no trees, no buildings. It blows hard enough the power lines sing. (hence the line in Wichita lineman) Very demoralizing in the middle of a 204 mile ride.
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I have a few ideas for riding in windy conditions.

1. As much as possible, I ride out into the wind. Work hard on the way out, relax on the way in. Feels nice!
2. Aero as much as you can.
3. compact 11/28 When it gets really bad, just spin it up, grit your teeth, and remind yourself...I do this because I LOVE IT!
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Did a 31 mile ride in 20 MPH winds, gusting at about 28 MPH. Headwind on the way out only a little bit of a tailwind back.
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I tell my daughter for either running or riding.For every head wind there's a tail wind,for every uphill there is a downhill,and I adjust my run or rides to take on the head wind starting out when I'm not as tired and the little push from behind when I'm headed home.
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I tell my daughter for either running or riding.For every head wind there's a tail wind,for every uphill there is a downhill,and I adjust my run or rides to take on the head wind starting out when I'm not as tired and the little push from behind when I'm headed home.
Problem is that when you consider force vectors, most winds are effective headwinds, so there's only a tailwind for about half of all headwinds.
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I traditionally make my ride an out and back ride. Do this as much as I can. Therefore I start my ride into the wind, turn around and enjoy the tail wind on the way home.

Good example was todays ride. Via Strava, my ride out was a 15 mph avg speed with steady 18 mph wind with up to 28 mph gusts according to my Wind Speed App.

Ride home was 17.9 mph avg with the same wind conditions and route.

If I do any kind of loop route I just enjoy the conditions.
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Headwinds....when else can you get a 30mi ride in 20??
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I went out today in a very heavy wind and with a head cold. I hadn't been on my bike since Saturday and I was really itching to go for a ride so I put my wind fears in their place and just -- what is it you guys say? -- HTFU. Because I was a bit congested, I wanted to avoid doing too many hills as I wasn't sure I could get enough breath in and out. I did have about a small (500-foot) climb at the beginning that I've done before -- the first half is a pretty gentle slope and then after a flat, there's a brief but steep finish. Today, it was also into a 20-22 mph wind. It totally kicked my ass and the head cold didn't help -- my HR got up to 218 at one point. I had to stop at the top and take a really long breather.

The middle part of the ride is a nice descent but I was "crossing" the wind and it was blowing me all over the place. I tried to follow the advice here, kept my touch light on the hoods and tried to "ride the gusts". For the most part it was fine until I was crossing a one-lane bridge and this dude in a pickup decided he just had to pass me on the bridge. (Jeez, it's like a block long, can't you freaking follow me across instead of trying to knock me into the creek?). After that, I turned for home with a tailwind that was just beautiful. Felt like I was flying. Man, that was a great feeling. And the best part: there was not one single car the last 7 miles or so -- I rode the entire time in the middle of this lovely two-lane that snakes through picturesque wine country and the only vehicles I saw were other cyclists. That was really fun. Weeeeeee.
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Headwinds are never as bad as a crosswinds. With crosswinds, keep low, and DO NOT lean into the wind. It's a common mistake on bicycles and motorcycles that can lead to disaster, if you over compensate and the wind dies off, you're likely to go down....hard. The winds would have to be very strong to actually blow your bike out from under you, so it's a matter of keeping a low center of gravity and low profile on the bike.

Where I live, we have a lot of both types blowing at the same time. Normally my brother and I ride close enough to see the Gulf of Mexico the majority of our ride so we get the ocean "breeze". We also live in an area with a large "corner" shaped peninsula, where the wind usually comes out of the west. So on normal summer days we have both a headwind and crosswind, both blowing off he ocean. An ocean "breeze" here is around 15MPH sustained and gusts as high as 30MPH some days. Even though I'm new to road cycling, I've been riding motorcycles for a long time, and I've found that the same concept of a low profile greatly increases stability when dealing with both types of wind at the same time.
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I went out today in a very heavy wind and with a head cold. I hadn't been on my bike since Saturday and I was really itching to go for a ride so I put my wind fears in their place and just -- what is it you guys say? -- HTFU. Because I was a bit congested, I wanted to avoid doing too many hills as I wasn't sure I could get enough breath in and out. I did have about a small (500-foot) climb at the beginning that I've done before -- the first half is a pretty gentle slope and then after a flat, there's a brief but steep finish. Today, it was also into a 20-22 mph wind. It totally kicked my ass and the head cold didn't help -- my HR got up to 218 at one point. I had to stop at the top and take a really long breather.

The middle part of the ride is a nice descent but I was "crossing" the wind and it was blowing me all over the place. I tried to follow the advice here, kept my touch light on the hoods and tried to "ride the gusts". For the most part it was fine until I was crossing a one-lane bridge and this dude in a pickup decided he just had to pass me on the bridge. (Jeez, it's like a block long, can't you freaking follow me across instead of trying to knock me into the creek?). After that, I turned for home with a tailwind that was just beautiful. Felt like I was flying. Man, that was a great feeling. And the best part: there was not one single car the last 7 miles or so -- I rode the entire time in the middle of this lovely two-lane that snakes through picturesque wine country and the only vehicles I saw were other cyclists. That was really fun. Weeeeeee.
I'm impressed you were doing a serious ride in this wind today! Where was your route if you don't mind me asking? I'm located in Healdsburg as well.
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