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Old 04-11-11, 12:32 PM
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So, about that wind...

I keep forgetting every year, perhaps I'm blocking it out, but does the north Texas wind ever die down? It's been pretty brutal as of late. Usually 15, gusting to 25 or so. Is this a spring thing or does it stay this windy all summer?
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Old 04-11-11, 02:44 PM
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Eventually... Spring is bad in Texas but at least it's warm. When the heat kicks up, the wind will die down.

DALLAS-FORT WORTH, TX
Month MPH
Jan 11.0
Feb 11.7
March 12.6
April 12.4
May 11.1
June 10.6
July 9.8
August 8.9
September 9.3
October 9.7
November 10.7
December 10.8

Yearly Avg 10.7

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Old 04-11-11, 03:02 PM
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yeah this is about the worst of it... as we head into May it'll be tapering down to a steadier 10-15... and I can't wait.
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I am so ready for it to die down. I would rather ride when it is 100 with little to no wind than at 85 with a 25mph (gusting to 35) wind. Normally I just hit the trails on my mtb whe it is this windy, but lately I just don't have the time to load the bike up and drive there.
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My ride today with another...

Winds always blow a little there.
In San Antonio the winds are still to none.

My ride with another was not good!
Did not like the way I rode. I can understand a little. I take a lane and do not ride in the gutters. He would not ride in traffic. My eyes are bad and I can not see very well. I could not pass the vission part if the driving test. He stopped and I went around him almost hit him. I do not know why he stopped. He is very safe and sometimes that will cause an accident. He rides his bike like he is flying a large commerical jet. I just ride for fun and blow a few stop signs if no others around. I am hopeing to do a ride on Saturday with others in a group.
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I rode Saturday and it was super windy. I hope it goes away soon also.
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Pretty much all of my miles are commuting miles these days (need to start a weekend group ride), so it's a rough way to start the morning. It's usually just off enough to become a headwind on the longest stretch. Some times I'm doing great just to keep it at 16 or more miles an hour. 14 up inclines. I'll be glad when things settle down and I can suffer with better average speeds.
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Finally started up commuting today. The wind was non-existent for the ride into work but let me note that I left the house at 4:30 a.m. so as to not have so much traffic to deal with. By the time I get ready to come home this afternoon I am sure the wind will make up for what I missed this morning
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Last weekend (April 9 & 10), I participated in the Almost Austin to Near Fort Worth Ride and my average was quite high, since the south winds basically blew me home. We took Amtrak to Taylor, Texas and rode back. About 25 of us from the Fort Worth Bicycling Association made the trip. It was a very easy two days of cycling.
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If I understand right, a local group just finished a trip where they took Amtrak south and then rode bikes back north with a tailwind. And I think there's been some 1-way brevets generated with a similar idea in mind.
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If you ride after work in the evenings, the wind usually dies down quite a bit after 6:15-6:30 in the DFW area. If you ride heading north to start out you'll usually have a nice tail wind, with a diminishing headwind on your return.

Usually by the second weekend of May it dies down quite a bit.

I don't mind it so much because it keeps people from riding at White Rock Lake and I have more room.
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Yesterday it was like a brick wall. On the polar oposite, its great today.
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It is a great day to ride today that is for sure. Winds here are mainly out of the east at 8-12mph, nothing compared with what they have been.
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Saturday, I rode a 200k. Wind was bad, great time going out, rough coming back.
Today, I rode with the local club. No wind. Made my best time ever on one of their rides. So maybe that wind did some good.
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If its a North or South wind, I ride a route that is primarily East and West and vice versa for East and West winds. I personally would rather deal with cross wind rather than direct head wind.
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Spring in TX is always the windiest time of year. Summer is better, and fall usually isn't too bad either.

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If I understand right, a local group just finished a trip where they took Amtrak south and then rode bikes back north with a tailwind. And I think there's been some 1-way brevets generated with a similar idea in mind.
Thats ... thats ... CHEATING!

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If its a North or South wind, I ride a route that is primarily East and West and vice versa for East and West winds. I personally would rather deal with cross wind rather than direct head wind.
I'm opposite. I try to go early into the wind when the wind speeds are lower, then come home with the (stronger) wind at my back. To me crosswinds feel like a headwind both ways!
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After this mornings ride into work I am here to testify that they are alive and well. I saw the weather before I left the house and with 20 MPH winds out of the south it made fore a painful ride in this morning. Supposed to be higher by the time I head home this afternoon.
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We have wind warnings for the next 3 days. Wind was so bad yesterday that I swear I struggled to maintain 13-15MPH on a road I usually just cruise along at 20. I took today off from sprints because I couldn't stand it anymore and had to give myself a day to let the wind win...then when I went to work, I noticed that it died. But only because I wasn't riding today.


Wind evil. It taunts me.
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Yeah, it's bad. I don't ever recall anything like this. Great thread. But keep in mind, this summer there will be days where the wind will be barely blowing if at all, and it will be HOT, which means a lot more breaks, at least for me.

One of my most common rides is Austin to Lockhart and back. Takes me 4 hours to get there and 2 to get back.
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Don't worry so much about the wind, just get out and ride in it. You can't fight the wind so settle into a tempo and pour on the miles. You'll be all the stronger for it and then when there isn't any wind you will feel great on the same routes. Like many sports most of it is mental. Sure it hurts and it isn't easy, but stick it out and work on your breathing, cadence and other things. I just see it as an opportunity to get stronger.
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Old 05-08-11, 04:41 PM
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really, north central guys *****ing about wind??? come to the south plains/panhandle you'll see some wind.
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Old 05-09-11, 12:42 PM
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I'm working on an unsupported ride across Texas. It'll probably be a couple of years before I'm ready to try it. The planned route is either Brownsville to Texline in the Spring, or Texline to Brownsville in the Fall. Either way, we should have tailwinds for almost 1000 miles.
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