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Old 02-28-09, 11:44 AM
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You know it's windy when...

...you get pushed along at a constant 18+mph without pedaling.

Going into the wind, when it gusted, I would have to stand in my 39-25 to avoid falling into single digit speeds. With the wind at my back, I was zipping along at 30+mph with my HR at 120bpm. I decided to see how fast the tailwind would take me without pedaling, so on a long stretch of flat ground, I slowed to 10mph then sat up (no hands) to catch as much wind as possible and see how fast the tailwind would push me. The tailwind accelerated me to a max of 18.4mph, and kept me at about 17.8-18.0mph consistently.

All of this was after I dropped off the back of a group ride that was just no fun because a handful of really strong guys were at the front just destroying the group in the strong crosswinds. Plus it was dangerous - people were swerving everywhere, even having trouble staying on the road in some cases.

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Old 02-28-09, 11:48 AM
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Wow that is some pretty fast wind. lol
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yeah we had some pretty strong winds come thru last night...40mph winds and gusting to 50+
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I just finsihed my 6 year old son's baseball practice and it was kind of interesting. The ball flies and rolls all over the place. I am heading out for a quick ride and hope I can stay upright. The winds are a constant 15-20 with some gusts in the 30's. The winds are from the north so I think I'll pick a mostly east/west route. At least the sun has come out now.
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We were suppose to have a little sailboat race at the Austin Yacht Club today. The clubs anemometer reported a gust at 42 knts. That's 48 mph.

I remember reading here in a thread that if you had no head wind then you were not pedaling hard enough. I think I'm just gonna lay on the couch today.
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Who needs hills or mountains when you've got the breathe of god blowing in your face. That' ridiculous. One more reason I love California, winds like that are very rare.
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i'll admit to having gone out in huge winds, loved the tailwind and just kept going and going. Turn around and call for a ride home lol.
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Same weather here in austin today. 1.5 hours out, 0.5 hours back.
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So there I am going down a 10% exposed hill and have to pedal to keep the speed up to 10mph.

Head and tailwinds are not a problem- they either speed you up or slow you down- but gusting 30 mph cross winds are a No-No
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About a month ago I recall some incredibly nasty headwinds that slowed me to 12-15mph on a 20% decline, the entire way down.

Without wind, that decline is so steep that my hands hurt from holding the brakes so hard, and I'm still going a good 25+mph!
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Originally Posted by nafun
Same weather here in austin today. 1.5 hours out, 0.5 hours back.
I dunno how you people ride in wind like that today. I hate it. I was looking at the bikers on 620 going out to the lake and it looked painful. Of course, sailing would have been painful. At least they canceled that.

You do it like I try to and that is start by going into the wind in the beginning and then let it carry me home.
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He is an aggie so you have to take what he sais with a grain of salt.
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Originally Posted by Bluetick
He is an aggie so you have to take what he sais with a grain of salt.
They do teach spelling and grammar here, however.

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I don't think I've ever ridden in a wind less than 15mph since I've been in ND.

I'll tell you it makes for some interesting airplane landings.
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Originally Posted by sac02
They do teach spelling and grammar here, however.

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My company has a huge group that rides in the MS 150. I could get you in it quicker than a corp boy can kiss his boy friend.
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Old 02-28-09, 11:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Bluetick
My company has a huge group that rides in the MS 150. I could get you in it quicker than a corp boy can kiss his boy friend.
Thank you for the offer, but I actually took over someone's spot just a few days ago; I hadn't gotten around to changing my sig yet. And doesn't the stereotype dictate that the corps boys make fun of the Austin boys' sexual proclitities?

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