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Old 05-09-05, 01:26 PM
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Wind!!!!!

I hate it! Does anyone have any ideas about what to do about riding in it?
Around here in Clovis, NM, there always seems to be a breeze (10-15 knots) blowing with gusts up to 30 or 35...
I hate that I have to almost kill myself to get to work which is only 5 miles away! I know, newbie whining...

It still sucks!
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I rode a decent amount over the winter to have better legs for the spring winds here. I'm not that far away from you and have ridden more this year in the wind than in years past because I had better fitness going into the windy season. If you live around here, you have to get used to it, which means riding in it more. It'll still suck, but you'll get better at dealing with it.

At least when I was growing up and riding in Oklahoma there were some trees to slow it down occasionally.
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YES, wind sucks, and I estimate I spend at least 75% of my riding time going INTO the wind. Don't know why - it just works out that way. I just got back from a little ride at lunch, and fought 20+ mph winds all the way out. For some reason, coming back over the same route, the wind just doesn't seem to give back as much as it takes out of me.

Looking for the silver lining, try this - when you're going into a stiff breeze, try getting as aerodynamic as possible - get your head and elbows down, grab as low as you can on the bars - hoods or drops - you'll see how much difference the aerodynamic position makes, which not only helps you cut through the wind, but is a good lesson to learn in general.
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Drop into lower gears and spin through it. It's tough at first, but the more you do it, the more proficient you'll become at it.

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I tell myself it is mother nature's way of giving a flatlander hill training. Learn to love the drops and spin. It does get a little old...I overheard a couple commenting to each other on a century, a few weeks back, that no matter which way the road turned there was still a head wind. I had noticed that myself...
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get a riding buddy and learn how to run a good paceline. then each of you can take turns battling that blasted wind
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I'm working on the drops, but I still feel that I had to B!tcH about it...
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Originally Posted by sh_wn
I hate it! Does anyone have any ideas about what to do about riding in it?
Around here in Clovis, NM, there always seems to be a breeze (10-15 knots) blowing with gusts up to 30 or 35...
I hate that I have to almost kill myself to get to work which is only 5 miles away! I know, newbie whining...

It still sucks!
The wind doesn't suck it blows!
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Originally Posted by sh_wn
I hate it! Does anyone have any ideas about what to do about riding in it?
Around here in Clovis, NM, there always seems to be a breeze (10-15 knots) blowing with gusts up to 30 or 35...
I hate that I have to almost kill myself to get to work which is only 5 miles away! I know, newbie whining...

It still sucks!
Fight against the wind and it is your enemy. Accept the wind and it is your friend.
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I guess I am just lucky I have a small hat size, I wear a small helmet. Makes me more aero.
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Ever do like me and coast uphill?
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Originally Posted by sh_wn
I hate it! Does anyone have any ideas about what to do about riding in it?
Around here in Clovis, NM, there always seems to be a breeze (10-15 knots) blowing with gusts up to 30 or 35...
I hate that I have to almost kill myself to get to work which is only 5 miles away! I know, newbie whining...

It still sucks!
Depends on what I am doing. If I am on my sailboat then I love it. If I'm on my bike then I hate it.
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makes you tough.

Think of these as CBRs. Character Building Rides.
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Old 05-09-05, 06:18 PM
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You know I just got back from a ride and compared my time today (really windy) vs. my early morning ride yesterday with no wind and even though I rode harder today the time was the same. Kinda tough on a newbie.
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Originally Posted by PenguinDeD
Fight against the wind and it is your enemy. Accept the wind and it is your friend.
Here is your answer. It is like a set of Chinese handcuffs. Just relax and spin and before you know it you are out of it. I have ridden a lot of miles into strong wind. Some of this wind was even below 0 degrees F. Put your mind on something else. Spin your pedals and look at occasionally look at the ground beneath your bike. If it is moving, so are you. Enjoy the ride.
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Suck it up. And then marvel at your progress once you ride with no wind!

And for me personally, dont mash. I focus on a good spin, and it usually makes it easier.
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PenguinDeD has it right.

Start your ride going into the wind so that, with any luck, you can return with a headwind.

Savor the fact that you are getting stronger with each pedal stroke.

Become one with the wind
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Originally Posted by Adgooroo
YES, wind sucks, and I estimate I spend at least 75% of my riding time going INTO the wind. Don't know why - it just works out that way.
I rode the first 50 miles of a century yesterday directly into 10-20mph winds. So I'm cursing the whole time (cursing the wind... what a lunatic), but I'm thinking, "hey, at least I'll have a brisk tailwind the whole way back". Get to mile 50, turn around, and I have a GREAT tail wind... the world is my oyster... for 20 miles.

Then the wind decides to shift.

For the last 30 miles, I'm once again, riding directly into a head wind. I'm thinking, "can this be real? Is somebody messing with me?" As I watch leaves blow directly down the path in my direction. Frustrating indeed.
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You got it backwards, wind doesn't blow, it sucks, really.
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there are two things to remember. #1 is to get into a rhythm, in the best gear possible. #2 is that i feel that it is just as important, if not more important to get narrow rather than to get low. by that i mean, knees brushing the top tube, elbows tucked in. getting low is practical if you are very flexible, and don't stick your chest out as a sail, but it isn't really necessary to get so low that you can't breath properly.

it becomes a mental exercise as much as a physical one. don't get too hung up on MPH, focus on your exertion.
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This was one of my biggest concerns when I started out on this.... The wind blows here everyday usually pretty strong... I think that having it blow west to east when I'm going north and south it helps a bit... but on those days like today when I'm going straight into it... I know I'm not in my best shape but...
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And turn off the computer. Few things demoralize me on a bicycle more than pedaling my a$$ off to make 9 mph on a flat road.
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