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Old 04-13-24, 07:48 PM
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This was fun. So glad to be one of the happy fools getting their bikes sandblasted on this ride.

The real fun starts at 10:30 or so.

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I actually got out for a ride in this windy mess today.
The wife wanted to get some exercise, so with her on her Marin, I escorted her around the neighborhood for 3 miles.

After getting her back home, I decided to do a solo ride. I don't have any safe east/west rides from my home, so did my usual north/south route.
It was fun going north, and a good workout coming back south. Ended up with 15 miles.
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Originally Posted by missinglink
I actually got out for a ride in this windy mess today.
The wife wanted to get some exercise, so with her on her Marin, I escorted her around the neighborhood for 3 miles.

After getting her back home, I decided to do a solo ride. I don't have any safe east/west rides from my home, so did my usual north/south route.
It was fun going north, and a good workout coming back south. Ended up with 15 miles.
That sounds like where I rode yesterday. The Trinity River really funnels the wind.
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Even when planning ahead the wind can catch ya off guard. I have been in several head wind anomalies doing the Galveston Texas Island Rides. Some how the wind always ends up in your face...
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Originally Posted by zandoval
Even when planning ahead the wind can catch ya off guard. I have been in several head wind anomalies doing the Galveston Texas Island Rides. Some how the wind always ends up in your face...
And inclines into the wind are just not right!
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As I said previously, I'm use to the wind, because it's always a factor here next to the ocean. However, there are times, such as yesterday, when I can and do plan my route according to the wind.

I usually like a headwind going out and a tailwind coming back. Yesterday, I planned a ride with a cross-head wind going out and a cross-tail coming back, but the cross-tail turned into a full on cross wind and at times a cross-head wind. Normally, that wouldn't be an issue, but when you expect a tailwind and get a headwind....it's just demoralizing.

I should be use to these unexpected changes in wind, but sometimes it really gets to me



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I ride every day these days regardless of the weather, but I ride singletrack trails for my daily rides. When I have been on tour I have ridden in open country in some crazy winds and never took a day off. Sometimes it was tough going, but all part of the game. I may have chosen the time of day to avoid the worst of the wind at times especially in places like Kansas or Wyoming.

Back in my commuting days I'd ride regardless of the wind. Ice or snow might stop, me though.

Other times in my life I may have been more or less motivated and that would affect my decisions.
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When the canopy overgrows the rail trail it makes a tunnel, and a tailwind is an air cannon. It's great fun; high mph for very low watts. Green hyperloop 😜
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Old 04-15-24, 09:12 PM
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despite the terrain - the gusts were a real PITA this past weekend
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I rode over the weekend with 25-30 mph gusts and sustained 20 mph winds. I'd go a bit higher, but at some point it stops being fun. Anybody remember this video?
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals
I rode over the weekend with 25-30 mph gusts and sustained 20 mph winds. I'd go a bit higher, but at some point it stops being fun. Anybody remember this video?
https://youtu.be/tocuyJ1Fu7U
I remember that and another that was standing in flood water up to his waist- in a roadside ditch.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
Before deciding to go out and ride when it's windy, check out how much power you'll need to maintain 17 mph into a headwind on a road bike, in the drops:

Throw a long climb on top of a headwind and you have a real wiener.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
Throw a long climb on top of a headwind and you have a real wiener.
How about several climbs into the wind?
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Originally Posted by pepperbelly
How about several climbs into the wind?
Let me know how THAT goes!
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Originally Posted by rsbob
Let me know how THAT goes!
I didn’t like it very much but some guys 40 years younger rode by me really fast. It was on a trail next to the Trinity river. The river runs north and south and has several elevation changes. Nothing big but a lot of them. I rode the last half of a 15 mile rode into a 20mph wind with higher gusts. I found out just how far out of shape I was at about mile 12.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
Let me know how THAT goes!
It sucks. It's worse if you aren't on pavement.




About a 25mph wind...not gusts but constant...all the way from the beginning to the high point. When we turned around, one of the guys I was riding with asked when we got the e-bikes?
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
It sucks. It's worse if you aren't on pavement.


About a 25mph wind...not gusts but constant...all the way from the beginning to the high point. When we turned around, one of the guys I was riding with asked when we got the e-bikes?
Seriously. Sounds grueling and un-fun.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
Seriously. Sounds grueling and un-fun.
A lot more fun once we started running downhill and with the wind.
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What really bugs me is while I was struggling against the wind some mid 20s guys blew by me like they didn’t notice it.
I’m starting to not like young people. 😎
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Originally Posted by pepperbelly
What really bugs me is while I was struggling against the wind some mid 20s guys blew by me like they didn’t notice it.
I’m starting to not like young people. 😎
One of my many "mid-life crisis" realizations, when it started to be crystal clear that I wasn't a young pup anymore.

Yeah, well. Beats the alternative.

Looking on the bright side -- the younger pups "don't notice" it, while we get a better workout at reduced speeds. Everybody's content.
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