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Windy Trail Ride (Sat1/28)

Old 01-29-12, 12:01 AM
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Windy Trail Ride (Sat1/28)

A windy day on SART. Forecast said 20 mph winds. Tough in some sections but nothing too tough. Gina and I rode alone today so we were just cruising along. I did fight the wind then let Gina set the pace on the way back to the coast just to let her conserve energy while doing her pace. As we got near Imperial I heard a voice, happened to be Ron of Ron and Dixie. Ron riding with a group of guys in a small pace line. They went by so I figured I'd ride along for a little footage then drop back for Gina. Pretty sure they didn't know I was back there. Later we did see Ron 2 more times, alone. He must have been doing like a hundred miles or sumthin'.

On the way back from the coast to the Leaky Fountain, the wind really kicked up for the remainder of the ride. That was the point I had to slow down a bit for Gina. So the last 4 miles was a real good workout for her ha ha!

At the coast we ran into Ray (a frequent flier on SART) and 72 y/o in line skate racer Steve. Steve coming off his 72 mile skate last weekend celebrating his 72 nd birthday, DANG! Also getting ready for a big race in NY and planning to win his age group once again!

Windy but beautiful day. Not too many riders out but still a good ride.


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Better man then i am, i won't ride in the wind.
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Originally Posted by sinclac
Better man then i am, i won't ride in the wind.
Ha ha! Gina actually did very well but the winds were all that bad. We averaged 15, better than I expected figuring Gina would slow down sooner but she hung tough.
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Me too, no wind riding for this clyde. Having problems viewing video, will try later.
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I pussed out... I was sick as a dog but I got up at 6:45, coughed a couple times and went back to bed after emailing my regrets to my ride buddies.

I hate wind though, it's worse than hills.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
I hate wind though, it's worse than hills.
Sorry man, will never agree with this. If it were true, my 9 mph averages up GMR on a 16 mile ride would be more like my 15 mph averages on a windy 42 miler. And a portion of that 15 average was holding back so that Gina could keep my wheel.

Ya really got to come out and do GMR with me.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz
Sorry man, will never agree with this. If it were true, my 9 mph averages up GMR on a 16 mile ride would be more like my 15 mph averages on a windy 42 miler. And a portion of that 15 average was holding back so that Gina could keep my wheel.

Ya really got to come out and do GMR with me.
You are failing to include your average speed DOWN GMR Mssr. Beanz!

The problem I have with wind (from back when I lived at the beach or near enough) is that it frequently blows against you both ways. BOTH WAYS! Hills are reliably one-way.

Maybe if you got Gina a fancy carbon bike she could keep up.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
You are failing to include your average speed DOWN GMR Mssr. Beanz!
Are you sure about that?

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The problem I have with wind is that it frequently blows against you both ways. BOTH WAYS!
Not in my experience. Well not in my 35 or so centuries. The wind always dies down in one direction or the other. Might be true for a 15 mile ride but never both ways continuously, especially on a century.

One thing I tried to capture but didn't show itself in the video is that the part where we roll down the underpass, we were doing 21 down and up the opposite side at 21 mph without pedaling. I did that for a reason, trying to show that there are easy sections even on windy rides (can't tell we weren't pedaling form the video though and I didn't post our conversation on that section, maybe I should have.). We were riding to the beach as we always do and have been for 15 years. I can say, I have never done a ride where the wind blows BOTH ways in my 15 years of riding to and across the beach. Never done less than 30 and several times up to 100, never has the wind been against me the entire ride.

But that is my experience. Maybe yours is different. Maybe you've done double centuries with a 100% headwinds both ways, I dunno.

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Maybe if you got Gina a fancy carbon bike she could keep up.
Are you sure about that?...she's riding Trek OCLV 5.2, I'm riding Trek TCT 4.7 Her bike is still more expensive than mine (also better components and tires)


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Seems like where ever I pointed my nose the wind was blowing straight at me. But any day riding is a good day. Really wore me out, felt great and am getting my miles back up again.
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We've had some real strong winds lately, they almost brought me to a standstill on my single speed.

I liked the interview with Steve.
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Well, I was trying to stir the pot with the Gina bike comment, looks like you've got me flummoxed at every turn. I'm out of excuses!

Side wind feels like head wind both ways though, IMO.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
Well, I was trying to stir the pot with the Gina bike comment
You will never get me there. Only reason my bike is close to hers in value is the free upgrades (thanks Trek) after breaking my frames. Heck, I'm riding an Armadillo and she asked on the ride why I don't put them on her bike. Cause I give her every advantage to keep up. Heck, I even took the DA wheel off my bike and put it on hers. The better she rides, the more she enjoys it, the better for me.

Her bike is a $3000 bike and I have never "paid" over $1200 for one of mine.





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,.........Side wind feels like head wind both ways though, IMO.
Can't argue with that, "feels" like a head wind.
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Originally Posted by iforgotmename
We've had some real strong winds lately, they almost brought me to a standstill on my single speed.

I liked the interview with Steve.
Yup, those type of winds are fun!

I had more with Steve but couldn't hear him with the wind. He's a low talker. That's why many times I repeat what my subject says, figuring it won't come out on the video. I do this for the low talkers and when the wind is acting up.:
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Originally Posted by Daspydyr
Seems like where ever I pointed my nose the wind was blowing straight at me. But any day riding is a good day. Really wore me out, felt great and am getting my miles back up again.


Ahhh "he come back"!
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