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Headwind on my entire ride. How is it possible?

Old 06-07-10, 07:55 PM
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Headwind on my entire ride. How is it possible?

Where are the meteorologists? I want Sky8 on the case!

BTW, just lowered my handlebars and I started to get a mild stabbing pain underneath of my right shoulder blade. When I say underneath I mean, in the middle but inside closer to my chest.

Any correlation?

Did I sleep funny on it last night? (always on 1/2 on my side 1/2 on my back)

Have I been impregnated with a demon seed?

A reverse heart-attack?
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Old 06-07-10, 08:06 PM
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Yes.
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Old 06-07-10, 08:07 PM
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It happens Fredly.
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Old 06-07-10, 08:11 PM
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Old 06-07-10, 08:14 PM
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That's why they usually say to change your fit in small increments...if you did it really well, it will take weeks if not a few months for the knot to work out.

As for the wind, did you start the ride thinking, man...I'm really cruising at the start of this ride?
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Old 06-07-10, 08:19 PM
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Originally Posted by JFlurett View Post
Have I been impregnated with a demon seed?
More like a speed demon. You FELT and headwind the entire way because you were going so damn fast.
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Old 06-07-10, 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by sakonnetclip View Post

As for the wind, did you start the ride thinking, man...I'm really cruising at the start of this ride?
No, I started by cursing at the wind.

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More like a speed demon. You FELT and headwind the entire way because you were going so damn fast.
Are you suggesting that due to my speed an alien will soon be bursting from my shoulder blade?

Someone please be around to remind me not to do that again.
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I had the same feeling on my last ride. Seemed like no matter which way I was riding the wind was always blasting me head-on. Still had a good time though, right?
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Old 06-08-10, 06:40 PM
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When you ride into the wind you have a headwind. So I conclude you rode into the wind on your entire ride.

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Old 06-08-10, 06:45 PM
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its frustrating. its like that feeling of, "man, are my brakes rubbing?? this feels awful!" only to look down and see the pads perfectly clear of the wheels.
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Old 06-08-10, 06:54 PM
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Ah the 360 degree headwind. So special.
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Originally Posted by JFlurett View Post
Headwind on my entire ride. How is it possible?
I recently submitted patent paperwork for the full-ride headwind.

My lawyers will be contacting you shortly.
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Old 06-08-10, 07:34 PM
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You must have passed me going the other way. I had a tail wind all the way.
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I often choose my route and time of riding to get the 360 tailwind (old, fat and lazy). Sites like accuweather often give a fairly good estimate of wind direction broken down by time of day. Add a little local knowledge of the effect of geography on the wind on the ground and you're home free. Unless you don't have enough route/timing freedom, like I used to deal with in the Sacramento area for my commute (headwinds 99% of the time), or when riding from CA to Spokane one summer (all wind originates in Spokane, WA, thank goodness for the tandem).
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Old 06-09-10, 01:12 AM
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Originally Posted by JFlurett View Post
Are you suggesting that due to my speed an alien will soon be bursting from my shoulder blade?
Someone please be around to remind me not to do that again.
Well, that's one thing I dont have to worry about.

Being slow does have some benefits.
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Old 06-09-10, 01:31 AM
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No complaining until you've ridden in a completely flat area:

That's 6m above sea level, iirc
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I'm down on flood plains by the sea and often get headwinds throughout a ride. Unfortunally the local TT course is circular and you can pretty much guarantee that if there is a headwind going one direstion there'll be one the other as well.
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Headwinds suck! Oh... wait a minute.
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
I often choose my route and time of riding to get the 360 tailwind (old, fat and lazy). Sites like accuweather often give a fairly good estimate of wind direction broken down by time of day. Add a little local knowledge of the effect of geography on the wind on the ground and you're home free. Unless you don't have enough route/timing freedom, like I used to deal with in the Sacramento area for my commute (headwinds 99% of the time), or when riding from CA to Spokane one summer (all wind originates in Spokane, WA, thank goodness for the tandem).
I thought it was Redmond.

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Originally Posted by halfspeed View Post
I thought it was Redmond.


What a colossal tool.
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...big head?
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Yeah, I start out with a headwind, I say to myself... great! I'll have a tailwind on the way home. Only to see I have a headwind goin' home... doh!

While getting a 'fit' at my LBS (which you should do if you haven't), I asked why so many have their handlebars so low. He said more its more for pictures. He may have been kidding, but the statement was more like, you put the bars where they should be for your and your back.
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