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Old 04-09-17, 04:12 PM
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It is a PITA

Ok now it is April and not so cold but here in Illinois but the wind is nuts. It looks like all week next week 15-25 mph winds and today they are gusting to 30. I tell you I would much rather put on my gloves, gortex, and running pants and ride with much less wind and it be 35 degrees. I will take cold over wind any day.

Ok I have my complaint for today. I think I will stick to the running shoes until this passes. I may even opt for the treadmill to avoid the wind running. It slowed me today running into it............no bike.
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days like that are gym days for me
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Old 04-09-17, 04:30 PM
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Windy up here on the 45th of northern Michigan....but it's a knockout 78deg right now.
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any trails thru the woods? someone recommend that to me last fall & trees help a great deal
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Pack up a change of clothes and your credit card and just ride down wind until it changes. It might bring you full circle and back home in a week or so, or if you run out of continent, you can fly home.
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I'm here in Dallas, TX where we get our share of wind. The way I look at it, wind will make you stronger. So on a windy day where you would otherwise stay indoors and be a girlyman, go out and ride straight into the wind, with the idea in mind that you are going to fight until you can't fight anymore. Dont' worry if you only go 5, 10, 15... miles, let the wind be your enemy. Then turn around, hoist the spinnaker and haul a$$ back to the house. The ride into the wind will probably take double the effort and it will make you stronger in less time than on a calm day.
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Here's an alternative for those windy days... get a friend or your significant other to drive you and your bike "X" number of miles into the wind and drop you off. Ride back one way with the tail wind of your life.

I did that last year. My wife drove me about 30 miles down the road. I rode back, and at the end of the ride, my average was a little over 21 mph on my heavy bike. It was a blast.

And, for an editorial comment, I wish the weather dudes who call those days "breezy" would have to ride a bicycle INTO 20 or 30 miles of "breezy". I think they'd use a new adjective to describe those conditions.
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Plenty of wind up here in Minnesota. The first 15 miles of Saturday's ride was straight into a steady 20 MPH wind (plus gusts). And it was on gravel. Later there was a solid 10 miles of even greater cross winds. There were times on dicy gravel descents when those cross winds challenged my (limited) technical skills.

Just remember, the wind is ALWAYS your friend. It's just a friend that doles out more than its share of tough love.
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Old 04-09-17, 09:54 PM
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Old 04-09-17, 09:55 PM
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Originally Posted by doctor j View Post
Here's an alternative for those windy days... get a friend or your significant other to drive you and your bike "X" number of miles into the wind and drop you off. Ride back one way with the tail wind of your life.

I did that last year. My wife drove me about 30 miles down the road. I rode back, and at the end of the ride, my average was a little over 21 mph on my heavy bike. It was a blast.
That's not my personal style, but I can see the appeal.

There are hammer heads around here (and surely everywhere else) who take advantage of very high wind days . Sample post from a couple of months ago on a local club page, "Anyone want to go segment hunting tomorrow? Up to 50 mile-an-hour gusts out of the west..." That's how those seemingly super-human Strava KOMs are done.
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Old 04-10-17, 04:55 AM
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Originally Posted by doctor j View Post
Here's an alternative for those windy days... get a friend or your significant other to drive you and your bike "X" number of miles into the wind and drop you off. Ride back one way with the tail wind of your life.

I did that last year. My wife drove me about 30 miles down the road. I rode back, and at the end of the ride, my average was a little over 21 mph on my heavy bike. It was a blast.

And, for an editorial comment, I wish the weather dudes who call those days "breezy" would have to ride a bicycle INTO 20 or 30 miles of "breezy". I think they'd use a new adjective to describe those conditions.
On a good day, my average is usually anywhere between 13mph to 14mph. I like your idea of having someone take me down the road so as to have a massive tailwind (yes, I'm a "wind wienie" LOL!!) and to hit a 21mph average, or more, coming home. I bet it surely would be a blast.




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Old 04-10-17, 05:27 AM
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MUPs through wooded areas alleviate this problem.
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Old 04-10-17, 05:52 AM
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It has been pretty wind here in North Florida recently also. I have found that if I get out early , it is usually at lesser speeds. Of course, there have been days that the wind is over 15 mph and it seems like it is going against me no matter what way I ride. It just likes to make the ride more challenging.

At least I can still get out and ride. That is the most important part.
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Originally Posted by Baldy1953 View Post
It has been pretty wind here in North Florida recently also. I have found that if I get out early , it is usually at lesser speeds. Of course, there have been days that the wind is over 15 mph and it seems like it is going against me no matter what way I ride. It just likes to make the ride more challenging.

At least I can still get out and ride. That is the most important part.
Yes, but a windy early spring day in Florida is different than a windy early spring day up north
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Originally Posted by deacon mark View Post
Ok now it is April and not so cold but here in Illinois but the wind is nuts. It looks like all week next week 15-25 mph winds and today they are gusting to 30. I tell you I would much rather put on my gloves, gortex, and running pants and ride with much less wind and it be 35 degrees. I will take cold over wind any day.

Ok I have my complaint for today. I think I will stick to the running shoes until this passes. I may even opt for the treadmill to avoid the wind running. It slowed me today running into it............no bike.
Where in Illinois? It's been windy in Southern Illinois near St. Louis, but we keep riding anyway.
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All last week we here in the Lou had to put up with some pretty stiff winds and of course they were rarely tailwinds... how the hell does that work out? Even just standing at a stoplight was a challenge to keep from falling over. There were stretches where riding into the wind and maintaining 6mph felt like it took as much effort as maintaining 25mph on a normal day, it sucked royally but was a good workout.
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I'd take cold and crisp but calm over windy any day of the week.
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Originally Posted by deacon mark View Post
Ok now it is April and not so cold but here in Illinois but the wind is nuts. It looks like all week next week 15-25 mph winds and today they are gusting to 30. I tell you I would much rather put on my gloves, gortex, and running pants and ride with much less wind and it be 35 degrees. I will take cold over wind any day.

Ok I have my complaint for today. I think I will stick to the running shoes until this passes. I may even opt for the treadmill to avoid the wind running. It slowed me today running into it............no bike.
The no-so-great-state of Ill. All the taxes of California, no view and crummy weather. I ditched paying for all those no-show jobs in 2013, since then the taxes on my Palatine house went from $13,000 per year to $21,000 per year. The Madigans have a lot of patrons to pay....

Went for a 25miler today, sunny and 50* on the Front Range, (and my property taxes are $900/yr )
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In the Spring, one of my alternative exercises for cycling is yardwork. Lot's of that to be done with the forest close by.
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I thought about commuting yesterday - but the forecast winds of '20-25, gusting to 35' promptly removed that thought from my mind. I'm old and out-of-shape as it is, so battling those kinds of winds on my first day of commuting for the year (12.5mi each way) was out of the question. BTW, it would have been almost a direct headwind on the commute home - in heavy rush hour traffic.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
any trails thru the woods? someone recommend that to me last fall & trees help a great deal
Most of the trails are flooded as well.
Ever been to one of those "mystery places" where balls appear to roll uphill. Illinois is like that (in oh so many ways) - no matter which direction you ride, you have a headwind.
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Another north central Floridian here. If you look in the "did you ride" section you will see virtually all of my posts referencing the very persistent windy conditions here since early Feb. It's my fourth year here, and I don't recall it ever this crazy windy.

I'm not a wind wimp, per se, and I do get out regardless, but it is psychologically wearing on me. 15+ mph most days, and mostly into the winds on the return. Worse yet, much of my riding is in open fields, so nowhere to take shelter. At least we can ride all winter long. Bring on the heat and humidity, already!
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In the Spring, one of my alternative exercises for cycling is yardwork. Lot's of that to be done with the forest close by.
+1 & w late snow for us, we're behind schedule. did some raking last weekend. got some top soil & seed to put out
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Originally Posted by deacon mark View Post
Ok now it is April and not so cold but here in Illinois but the wind is nuts. It looks like all week next week 15-25 mph winds and today they are gusting to 30. I tell you I would much rather put on my gloves, gortex, and running pants and ride with much less wind and it be 35 degrees. I will take cold over wind any day.

Ok I have my complaint for today. I think I will stick to the running shoes until this passes. I may even opt for the treadmill to avoid the wind running. It slowed me today running into it............no bike.
Welcome to Florida! Except for the temperatures, the winds you're having now have been with us since mid November. It's been worse since the end of January, start of February.
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I have been having the same gripe for the last few weeks . . . then I tried Zwift yesterday - OMG I'm never gonna dread riding inside again, it's freaking awesome!
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