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that was scary. 45mph then hit by crosswind gust

Old 12-31-15, 04:02 PM
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that was scary. 45mph then hit by crosswind gust

i was just in auto pilot after the climb up the hill but then this happened. well, that woke me up.

even though i gained weight since i stopped cycling as much. im still light enough to get pushed around by the wind.

im more used to dealing with heavy crosswinds on flatter ground, but not so much on downhills.

i didn't crash though and didn't get a flat either, and most importantly, no poop in my pants. so i say that's a good ride.
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Old 12-31-15, 04:26 PM
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Cross winds are the reason all my wheels are low-profile. I live in very hilly country which means high winds, especially on the ridges. Even riding low-profile wheels I get blown about by sudden gusts and passing trucks.
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Old 12-31-15, 04:35 PM
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Descending is a bad time to go autopilot. I learned that the hard way, and I'm glad you were luckier.
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Old 12-31-15, 04:58 PM
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Even when focused, sudden wind gusts can turn a good day bad. It ended well, and that's what matters.
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Old 12-31-15, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Ball Bearing View Post
I live in very hilly country
Could have fooled me. I thought you lived in the flats. Your location shows
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Old 12-31-15, 07:11 PM
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Could have fooled me. I thought you lived in the flats. Your location shows
Western Australia is generally very flat. I just happen to live in one of the exceptional locations.
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Western Australia is generally very flat. I just happen to live in one of the exceptional locations.
I was joking. I haven't been to the western part but I just looked and see quick elevation changes.
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Old 12-31-15, 07:20 PM
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I was joking. I haven't been to the western part but I just looked and see quick elevation changes.
Yeah, Australia is definitely one of the flattest continents on Earth, so your understanding is very true.

During the holiday season - like now - we get an influx of cycling enthusiasts who live in the flatlands seeking a few hills to climb. It's kinda nice to see a few new faces around the place.
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Originally Posted by Ball Bearing View Post
Cross winds are the reason all my wheels are low-profile. I live in very hilly country which means high winds, especially on the ridges. Even riding low-profile wheels I get blown about by sudden gusts and passing trucks.
Me too. I used to have 50mm rims until a gust of wind caught my front wheel, causing me to have a horrific crash. Thankfully changing to low profile (open pros) assisted me in climbing too. Win win.
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Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
Me too. I used to have 50mm rims until a gust of wind caught my front wheel, causing me to have a horrific crash. Thankfully changing to low profile (open pros) assisted me in climbing too. Win win.
Hope you didn't injure yourself in the crash. The other benefit of low-profile wheels is the comfort factor.
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Hope you didn't injure yourself in the crash. The other benefit of low-profile wheels is the comfort factor.
Sadly hospital and knee surgery. My body and nose got messed up a bit, but fully recovered. That was in Japan, not here in OZ.
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Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
Sadly hospital and knee surgery. My body and nose got messed up a bit, but fully recovered. That was in Japan, not here in OZ.
Full recovery is the important bit. Lessons in life are sometimes very expensive. Was the medical treatment in Japan very costly?

The wind here has been extra strong these last couple of days. No way would I ride with anything over 24mm rims. I'll have to see about changing the wheels on my son's 650c bike - they are 30mm deep and it bugs me a little seeing as he is so much lighter than I am. He is currently riding a 24" racing bike with low-profile wheels and the 650c will fit him in a couple of years.
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Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
Me too. I used to have 50mm rims until a gust of wind caught my front wheel, causing me to have a horrific crash. Thankfully changing to low profile (open pros) assisted me in climbing too. Win win.
Wind gusts always cause a surprise. But with experience, you realize it's just like a little nudge that you adjust for. Wheels are a really small part of your overall profile. It takes time to learn to relax, adjust, and not panic.
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when you have that split second heads up, at least getting a lot of your upper body over to the side of the bike helps a lot. I've found that really moving my upper body over (think motorcycle hanging off the side, not quite , but close) is the deal maker with coping with really bad strong gusts. Completely depends on the gusts and how they are, but getting more mass over to the side really helped with me, and Im a light guy so any help is good.
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Early in 2015 during a club ride we experienced strong winds but were mostly protected by trees 'till we came to a stretch of road by open fields where we had the full force. The first blast almost blew me over but served as a reminder to keep a good grip on the bar but to otherwise keep the arms as loose as possible. The worst thing was to tense up and be unable to respond. Any lesson that does not come about with the loss of skin, or worse, is a good lesson.
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Originally Posted by colnago62 View Post
Even when focused, sudden wind gusts can turn a good day bad. It ended well, and that's what matters.
no doubt, but relaxing on the DH is just a bad idea. It very nearly cost me life, but I was lucky that it only broke my neck(C1,2,and 3), and my spinal cord wasn't permanently damaged.

l'm not a whimp on high speed descents, but I'm very aware. Resting, but not mentally relaxed.
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Wow a scary coincidence. I just came back from a brutal ride with head/crosswinds too. Fortunately I was able to regain my balance but had I fell, I think my head would've been run over by a car. Then had to cross a major bridge where wind was a lot stronger due to height and I literally had to lean over like I was cornering to stay upright. I really don't know why I went out today. Looked beautiful looking out my window.
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Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
Me too. I used to have 50mm rims until a gust of wind caught my front wheel, causing me to have a horrific crash. Thankfully changing to low profile (open pros) assisted me in climbing too. Win win.
Don't let the rest of Bike Forums find out. Everyone "needs" 50mm for maximum aero benefit & "speed"
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