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Tips against WIND?

Old 08-27-08, 08:58 PM
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Tips against WIND?

Two days in a row, I've gotten my butt kicked by wind... yesterday I booked it at a 21 mph average through 10 miles... turned the bike around (road construction block) then headed back... the WIND was harsh... struggled (not sure how strong it was but it felt devestating ) I was going at 11-13 mph on the way back and it felt HELLISH.

Today, I biked the opposite way... so I hit the headwind first, did better w/ fresh legs averaged a cool 16mph going towards the beach... then I told myself TIME THE REAP the benefits!!! TAIL WIND ON THE WAY BACK!! BOY WAS I WRONGG!! The wind changed directions on me.... and I hit wind both ways......

I've tried finding the right gear but I really felt LOST and WEAK against the wind... this isn't going to discourage me, I'll still ride ride ride--but is there any advice/techniques that have worked for you guys?
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Get low and narrow.
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Yep. Get your head as low as you can, hands in the drops and elbows bent and inward. Knees to the top tube when coasting.
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psychological warfare.
tuck and use drops.
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Originally Posted by BananaTugger View Post
Get low and narrow.
+1

Don't worry about speed either, it's resistance training. Ride it like you would a very long hill.
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Unless seeing that your speed is 12mph when you're putting out as much power as you would at 26mph inspires you, toggle the speed function off on your computer.

Then be grateful for the pseudo-hill workout. Wind is the climb that never ends.

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Old 08-27-08, 09:11 PM
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Yeah, get small.




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You learned the first rule by yourself. Whenever possible ride into it going out. Especially riding solo plan your rides so you finish with a tailwind.
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Just do it, there is no other option.

I just wish the guys going in the other direction with their backs to the wind didn't look like they were out for a cruise at 20+mph while I'm busting my ass to do 15.
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Originally Posted by RoadToNowhere View Post
Unless seeing that your speed is 12mph when you're putting out as much power as you would at 26mph inspires you, toggle the speed function off on your computer.

Then be grateful for the pseudo-hill workout. Wind is the climb that never ends.

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I like to switch my computer to RPM and current month read out for these windy days
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Don't get caught riding harder than you normally would. You'll peter out and be forced to recover at 10mph. Get aero, find your intended pace, and stick with it. Get comfortable with spinning up between gusts rather than upshifting and bogging down when the wind returns.
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Old 08-27-08, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by AEO View Post
psychological warfare.
tuck and use drops.
The psychological part is hard to accept when you are starting out. I suck at climbing and extended high speed chases, but people like having me around when it's windy.
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I went out on a 40 mile ride on a windy day, and I started out into the wind for the first 10 miles. Route was basically square. Turned right, still a headwind, I said, "oh, that must have been a crosswind, this is more wind than before." Turned 90 degrees 180 degrees from starting direction, wind almost stopped me. Occasionally on this stretch I would get a tailwind, most of it was a headwind. I think that was due to being in a valley oriented north/south with a strong wind out of the west, wind had to go somewhere. Turned the last 90 degrees back home, finally get my tailwind for about 2 miles and then I hit hills. Some days you just can't win. Best approach is to slog it out and try not to get too whiney with yourself.
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Yeah, getting low and compact is still scary for me, I guess I just gotta keep at it, but when I drop my hands down on the handlebar I feel like I lose sooo much balance
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umm. htfu?
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Yeah, getting low and compact is still scary for me, I guess I just gotta keep at it, but when I drop my hands down on the handlebar I feel like I lose sooo much balance
Go to a High Gear. Stand up to to coast and pedal. It will Increase your Balance.
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Yeah, getting low and compact is still scary for me, I guess I just gotta keep at it, but when I drop my hands down on the handlebar I feel like I lose sooo much balance
You've definitely got to keep a firm grip. With a little practice though, it's pretty easy to ride in the drops. As mentioned, keep your arms in and tuck down. Find a good cadence and just spin away. Wind is definitely good resistance training.
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Originally Posted by Voodoo76 View Post
You learned the first rule by yourself. Whenever possible ride into it going out. Especially riding solo plan your rides so you finish with a tailwind.
Wussy rule. My commute to work usually has NO wind and the return usually has a headwind (up a 5-6% climb for 4 miles of it) all the way home. It makes me stronger.
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Forget speed. Accept that you'll arrive later than you expected to. Find a comfortable, not too slow cadence, choosing your gear accordingly. HTFU.
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Knees to the top tube when coasting.
I was contemplating this on my cruise down from the mountains today. I actually realized insted of more contact points on the bike frame, I am more comfortable with my legs parallel to the frame. It just makes more sense to me. It doesn't make that much of a difference if you're legs aren't as wide as basketballs. I am usually used to putting my knees against the frame while my head is down, but for some reason today it didn't feel right.

Your best bet is definitely to find a good gear and just duck in and htfu. Flexibility is key, it's worth the core work outs.

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^ I don't know if knees to frame really helps. As you said, if anything, it's minimal.
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Just keep cranking.

I have noticed when it is windy, about 3/4 of the people I see riding in the drops are going WITH the wind, not into it. Not sure I understand that entirely.
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it'll be easier next time.
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Just keep cranking.

I have noticed when it is windy, about 3/4 of the people I see riding in the drops are going WITH the wind, not into it. Not sure I understand that entirely.
Unless the tailwind is going faster than you, sitting up doesn't have a real advantage.
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