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post #1 of 10 Old 04-21-2008, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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What a ride I had yesterday. I went for a quick trip up in to the foothills, and got blown around something fierce! The worst part was that it was gusty, so I'd lean over a bit to counter a gust, then I'd have to correct back to stay in the lane. I didn't even go a hundred miles, but my shoulders are a little sore today. The good news is that I got better than 50 mpg on that tank o' gas...nice!

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I love it when people find the silver linings. The wind here has been ferocious lately and I know what you are talking about. But at least we are improving upper body strength.
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I think the wind is a bigger concern than global warming. To me it really seems windy'er than it's been before and it should be investigated.

Maybe the Strom is just more susceptible than my Concours was?

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Wind sure does get your attention quick enough. We get wind every afternoon and it can be very frightening at first. I finally learned to relax on the bike and things really improved. Squamish may sound like a real brain dead name for a town but not to the Natives. Loosely translated it means Mother of the Wind. And believe me, sometimes it can be a real mother.

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...The wind here has been ferocious lately and I know what you are talking about...
Man, ain't that the truth. Seems like the windest spring we've had in a while. I was coming back from Arkansas yesterday on I-40, it definitely got my attention.

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What a ride I had yesterday. I went for a quick trip up in to the foothills, and got blown around something fierce! The worst part was that it was gusty, so I'd lean over a bit to counter a gust, then I'd have to correct back to stay in the lane. I didn't even go a hundred miles, but my shoulders are a little sore today. The good news is that I got better than 50 mpg on that tank o' gas...nice!
I can confirm the wind here in colorado. I too went riding yesterday in the foothills.
I left Denver and went through Golden, Boulder, Nederlands, Estes, Lions and back to Denver. A good ride but definitley windy in some areas.

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A group of us went for a ride Saturday here in Utah. It was so windy that you couldn't see the mountains because of all the dust. I had to wipe off my GPS every 20 minutes else it would dust up, haha. I thought NM was dusty until I moved to Utah!

Riding across the wind sucked. I haven't ridden in wind that hard in a long while, and it was gusty. I had a few moments where the front end suddenly became unbearably light, and I reconsidered my earlier post of not getting blown off the road due to wind for a bit

It was just as nerve racking at 30mph as it was at 70, so we finally just ended up going fast and dealing with it.
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They only say its breezy here until there are sustained winds over 30 MPH, which means gusts can be over 50...Anyway, if you don't have one already - get a fork brace. Not too expensive, easy to install and it makes a major difference in the wind and in dealing with simis.
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They only say its breezy here until there are sustained winds over 30 MPH, which means gusts can be over 50...Anyway, if you don't have one already - get a fork brace. Not too expensive, easy to install and it makes a major difference in the wind and in dealing with simis.

Good advice. I wish I could find a good deal on a fork brace.

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Good advice. I wish I could find a good deal on a fork brace.
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