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HardyWeinberg 02-24-09 03:44 PM

if you don't know where the wind is...
... it's behind you. Not sure how many lunchtime grocery runs it will take to pound that into my head...

brockd15 02-24-09 04:34 PM

Didn't take me long; I learned it on just one trip actually.
I had only been riding for a few months on the weekends before I decided I should do a 100 mile ride, which started in Lubbock, TX and went due north to Plainview, then back again. On the way there I couldn't hear the wind in my ears, I was moving along a pretty good clip, and I thought, "man, this is easy. I'm in a lot better shape than I thought I was." I was feeling pretty good about myself until I turned around and realized, that, no, I'm actually not the stud cyclist I had started to think I was. The rest of the ride was straight into a headwind, and it was a long, slow, defeating slog home.

Happened to me again just recently on a 100k, but this time I knew it was coming...not sure if that's better or worse though.

Mr. Underbridge 02-24-09 04:39 PM

Hahaha! Yup. Similar to the old "why is it so quiet?" routine (hint: because you have a 20mph tailwind!)

I don't usually have to deal with that though, since for reasons that escape me winds are always stronger here in the morning for my west-bound commute into the wind, then die down in time for my commute home. Grrr...

caloso 02-24-09 04:47 PM

Here in Nor Cal, we don't have tailwinds. It's either a headwind or I'm having a really good day.

cyclefreaksix 02-24-09 05:53 PM

What's this "tail wind" you speak of??

drjava 02-24-09 07:24 PM

Ahhh, the "tail wind," a mythical phenomenon from ancient times as told through stories on cave walls.

tarwheel 02-24-09 09:44 PM

Ha! I have made the same mistake many times. Once I went on a 50-mile solo ride and was feeling particularly studly because I averaged 20 mph for the first 20 miles. Then I made a turn and realized that I had been riding with a tailwind. The ride back was brutal and I think my final average speed was about 17.5 mph.

citizenerased 02-24-09 10:59 PM

Originally Posted by caloso (Post 8420326)
Here in Nor Cal, we don't have tailwinds. It's either a headwind or I'm having a really good day.

That's what happens to me almost every ride. Around my work there are few places with flags that I can see blowing north all day (tailwind for the ride home) then come 5pm and I hop on the bike to head home, the wind has shifted and is coming from the north :(

It just makes me appreciate those rare nice days :)

Doohickie 02-24-09 11:31 PM

You know, Schwinn has a bike out called the Tailwind. It has an electric assist, so you can make your own tailwind whenever you need it.

robtown 02-25-09 02:21 AM

My first encounter was riding my 10 speed / 27" wheeled bike on the beach. It was glorious until I turned around - and my tires started digging into the sand instead of gliding on top.

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