Lots of posts today about the wind and I don't think I've seen any about tailwinds :P
So, what is the best way to deal with headwinds?, stay low on the drops and keep aero, spin a low gear and hope for the best, or do as I did today and sit behind a big bloke and bludge all the way home.
I saw four guys on new looking bikes riding/walking up the bike path towards Hallett Cove this arvo as I was walking the dog, it was blowing a gale, I'm guessing those shiny new bikes will end up in the shed soon. The struggle painted on their faces was heart breaking.
Did anyone get a tailwind today? We copped a headwind both ways to OH.
Hehe the winds hardly touch the ground when deep inside the Wirrabara Forest... :)
Headwinds are hills training without having to get into the hills!........
Head down, spin the legs and enjoy the burn.
Yep Love it too...
Just like hitting the red lights. That way you get to accelerate up to speed again. All good training in my book :)
Belair NP, Sturt Valley, Mark Oliphant CP, Scott Ck, Bradbury, Mylor - the hills blocked the wind - just normal up and down. Lots of debris to dodge on the roads, and one branch that hit my arm before I escaped the city.
cant say i noticed any headwinds today !! maybe coz i was in the car.
Friday, riding down The Parade was like riding up, riding up The parade was like riding down :-)
There's always something a little bit wrong with having to pedal downhill ...
yes, experienced em today along Milang-Finniss- Currency creek = murder with WINDS, damn you weather GODS
Riding from Salisbury to Croydon this morning - stinkin' head wind all the way and most of on exposed roads. Yes, I was on the Hillbrick so my 'headwind gear' is to go onto the drops and for once, this wasn't enough. Ave speed was only 20km/hr which, with my gearing, equates to a cadence of 60. Not fun (or overly good for you). After watching my son's match at Croydon, I got him to give me a lift home - I could have ridden it but sometimes, it's better not to risk injury ... and just imagine how much fun Expressway Hill would have been after fighting that head wind for another 25km just to get to the base of it.
For those that don't know, my Hillbrick is fixed gear and I've geared her at 66 gear inches which is fairly low relative to a lot of riders - those who don't like spinning and run gearing of 80 gear inches or more are running real risks on rides like today's. Yesterday, on the ride out to Salisbury, (55km from home) also featured a lot of head or quartering winds but it wasn't as bad and I was able to keep my cadence around 90 or more, much more efficient and I arrived without any real weariness - I was quite impressed with that, I expected to be knackered.
On a geared bike, you go into a lower gear, spin like blazes and feel like you're going nowhere.
On fixed gear, you go onto the drops and concentrate on your technique and can usuallly maintain a decent speed ... up to a point when all them clickity gearity thingamebobs start to make a certain manic sense.
Bah humbug, I'm off to devour an easter egg.