Biking in the AV


The joys and challenges of riding in the Antelope Valley

Biking in the Wind

May 25th, 2011 at 17:06

My Caffe Racer friend Fred asked me to write something about biking in the wind. As anyone who lives in the Antelope Valley knows, the wind is an ever-present reality. Since we aren’t likely to find a way to avoid it, we might as well figure out ways to deal with it.

I did a little bit of research on the web and found a plethora of websites with cycling-in-the-wind tips.

When you have time, check out what each has to say.

Overall, they agree on several things you can do to make your windy ride more comfortable.

  • Get aero – Lower your head, elbows and knees in.
  • Don’t worry about how fast you are going.
  • Don’t wear loose clothing.
  • Start out into the wind, so you’ll have a headwind on the way back.
  • Start riding earlier in the day before the winds get really strong.
  • When you are riding with others, take turns pulling at the front, and shelter behind other riders if you can.
  • Use trees, shrubs, houses, or buildings as shelter.
  • Keep a positive attitude and stay mindful of the present moment.

Interestingly, the sites give differing advice on what gear you should be in. According to some of them, you should change to a bigger gear and push through it. The others say that you should use an easier gear, as that will be protect your knees.

Flags flying over the bank on May 24, 2011

Over the past two days, I’ve tried to use some of this advice on my rides. I think getting into a more aerodynamic position is easier on a road bike than it is on my folding bike, since I’m much more upright on the folder. I did, however, lean over as much as possible, kept my elbows and knees tucked inward. The most aero position seemed to be with my hands on the bar ends, as I could lean over further that way.


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