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Riding fixed into the wind.(6 posts)

Riding fixed into the wind.dzrider
May 2, 2003 6:36 AM
Any tips? I rode 18 miles into a pretty good headwind Wednesday night. The flags were straight out and pointing right at me. Somebody should have warned me how mentally difficult it is to ride along and feel my legs going slower and slower and no alternative but to stand and try to get them back up to speed one more time. In a little over an hour my head was in the kind of place it goes on the third afternoon of a long tour.
The downside of fixed riding..Dave Hickey
May 2, 2003 7:20 AM
Headwinds are the worst. A couple of tips..

1. Ride in the drops- It really helps cutting the drag.
2. Pick your course carefully. I try to pick a zigzag course when there are strong headwinds.
Pain is good=fast and stronger rider nmjvr-oclv
May 2, 2003 7:58 AM
re: Riding fixed into the wind.timmmmmmmy
May 3, 2003 4:43 AM
dzrider Wrote: "In a little over an hour my head was in the kind of place it goes on the third afternoon of a long tour."

Ain't it great? Fixes concentrate the entire riding experience. Headwinds are stiffer, hills are steeper and, of course, the good times are better. And it all feels great! I ride in the hills of Colorado. Anything up to about 7% and I am ok. I may only be turning 50 rpm (hardly efficient) but it is an amazing workout.
"Ain't it great" Didn't see it that way at the time.dzrider
May 5, 2003 4:01 AM
Thanks for adjusting my perspective.
low and longDougSloan
May 5, 2003 6:50 AM
I get down low in the drops to cut the wind and move back on the saddle a bit to relax the knee angle, which helps to save the knees at a hard 50 rpms.

Doug