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Old 05-20-15, 08:28 PM
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No gonna do that again

So there's a nice 3 mile downhill that I ride regularly at 25-28mph. Today I had a nice tail wind and reached 35mph. Just as i hit a section of washboard ripples, I got hit with a massive crosswind that almost knocked me off the bike.

Needless to say i'll be more careful when I have a tailwind.
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Old 05-20-15, 08:30 PM
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Been there,Done that,NOT FUN!!!
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Old 05-21-15, 04:18 AM
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Yeah, but it's hard not to take advantage of the downhill and tailwind.... Glad you came out of it okay and maintained control.
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Old 05-21-15, 06:26 AM
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Down here, in the south, your entire scenario would have been prefaced with two statements, 1. Hold my beer, and 2. Hey!,watch this..... , followed by the posting of a gruesome YouTube vid with poor resolution and lots of background laughing.

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Old 05-21-15, 06:40 AM
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Yeah that'd leave pucker marks on the saddle. Glad you made it through.
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Old 05-21-15, 08:19 AM
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Yup, been there. Blasting down a hill with smooth pavement, I glanced down at the speedo, 39.9. I looked up in time to see the the smooth pavement came to a sudden halt with bumps and holes and cracks in much older pavement. Not fun.
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Old 05-21-15, 10:41 AM
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Now that I'm older and wiser, ( I hope), there is a growing list of practices I don't do any more.
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Old 05-21-15, 12:10 PM
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Racing wheels, aero rims and bladed spokes??
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Old 05-21-15, 01:27 PM
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Racing wheels, aero rims and bladed spokes??
Zipp 303... glad I didn't go for 404s
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Old 05-21-15, 01:55 PM
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Zipp 303... glad I didn't go for 404s
Bladed spokes are nasty in a crosswind. I love the sound, looks and performance but that sudden puff will make you pay attention.
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Old 05-21-15, 04:10 PM
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Bladed spokes are nasty in a crosswind. I love the sound, looks and performance but that sudden puff will make you pay attention.
I have a set of wheels with seriously bladed spokes. Ksyrium something or others. And they catch wind like a sloop in a gale. No bueno.

As far as speed goes, I pretty much limit myself to 35-40 MPH ... and at that, most of my friends pass me right up. I really dig tight, twisty turns ... but pure speed ... not so much.
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Old 05-22-15, 07:17 AM
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I reckon the faster you go, the less sense you see. . I didn't even see the kerb coming up till I hit it hard. Must've been right funny for the driver alongside. . . doesn't do wonders for your posterior mind. . .
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I have a favorite downhill on my usual weeknight route. It has a curve and I'll regularly hit 33mph. It's very fun.
There is a flattish detour around that hill. If winds have gusts above 20mph or if it's dark, I'm taking the detour.
Normally the gusts happen as I'm going through the curve. I've no desire to have the bike hop sideways at speed.
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