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Old 01-29-08, 08:26 AM   #1
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North Texas - 25mph sustained, 50mph gusts

Someone motivate me to go pretend I'm a sailboat on wheels today.
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Old 01-29-08, 08:47 AM   #2
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Well I drove today instead of riding 20 miles each way into a solid head wind but first thing I am doing when I get home is getting on the bike and heading out. Since I'll be able to turn around at anytime if needed it'll be a good old time.
I think I'll take the road bike though. The xtracycle with the built in 2'x3' sail around the back wheel would be more fun then I could handle.
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Old 01-29-08, 10:00 AM   #3
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1. After riding on a day like today, a 15mph wind will feel like nothing more than a nice breeze.

2. Big wind means easy climbing repeats.

3. I saw plenty of 10 year-olds riding to school this morning.
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Old 01-29-08, 10:36 AM   #4
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Riding home late last night was a bit slow and challenging.

I kept repeating my old sig-line to myself:
"Wind is like traffic to a cycling commuter. Don't get frustrated. You can't fight it. Just down-shift and relax."
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Old 01-29-08, 10:40 AM   #5
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It seemed a long ride home last night....I drove today, but will be riding dirt tonight....tomorrow I'll be back on the commute.
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Feels like a windy one again today
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Going home last night was ok. I think the tailwind did more harm then good since I didn't have any kind of breeze when riding plus it was pretty hot.
Be careful out there though. I have heard from a couple folks that in flower mound and lewisville the wind has knocked down fences, light poles and trees causing lots of traffic problems mid day. I think it is only supposed to get even windier tonight? Power at my building has shut down at least twice today.
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Well, despite my whining I got out and rode at lunch through the backroads of Lucas (Winningkoff, orr, etc, towards Mckinney). Outgoing north I was hitting 30 - 35 mph vibrating along the chipseal. Coming back i was averaging 8 - 10. Intentionally cut it 10 miles shorter than normal since I needed to get back to work and knew the return leg would take longer.

My legs are beat. On the leg home against the wind even down hill it seemed I needed to stand to keep the bike moving forward.

But I rode, next windiy day will be easier.
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Old 01-29-08, 03:01 PM   #9
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You guys are braver than me. Last time I rode in winds like this it was all I could do to not be blown over.
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Power was out at my apartment when my wife got home this afternoon. Seems to be back up now. (N.Dallas/Richardson area)

Might head out briefly just to say I did it tonight, depending on how cool it is when I get home. Right now it's 50 and falling.
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We lost power over here in Coppell earlier too. Not sure if it was the construction or wind.
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You guys are braver than me. Last time I rode in winds like this it was all I could do to not be blown over.

Felt like I was leaning into a curve all day even on the straights.
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Old 01-29-08, 05:39 PM   #13
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I'll be commuting again tonight. Looks like it might be calmer by then, good thing. Last night was kind of a beating.
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Didn't even attempt riding. The fires south/southeast of Benbrook turned my normal 40 minute drive into 2 hours getting home. Winds won't be dying off by much over the next couple days.
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