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Surprised by wind.

Old 12-07-10, 09:37 AM
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Surprised by wind.

I can't get over how much more the wind affects me when riding a bicycle as opposed to walking or riding a motorcycle. Gusts that I would never notice in those situations can blow me off track or all but stop me dead in the peddlebike. These thought cam to me as I read another thread about a rain poncho being "non-aero". Sounds silly but its very true. I had the tucked-in hood of my windbreaker snap into the "deployed" position on me once. Scared the heck out of me and almost broke my neck!
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Old 12-07-10, 09:52 AM
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I hear ya, sometimes i get to used to riding with my panniers loaded and when i ride unloaded in the wind it almost always takes me by surprise.
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In a car or on a motorcycle, normal cruising at highway speed uses maybe 1/4 of your available power. So if you start up a minor hill or hit the headwind, you give it more gas, have more power, your gas mileage goes to heck, but you don't slow down. On the bike, you're pretty much using 100% of your available power (available over the duration planned, not maximum power) so when you hit the headwind, you slow down.
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I've taken my cycle-computer and pushed it forward and out of sight more than a few times during long stretches into a stiff wind.

Cranking along and having it taunt me with that 13-15 mph display just motivates me to overdo it and eventually bonk later on.
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