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post #1 of 6 Old 08-08-2008, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Any tips for dealing with wind?

I'm being blown about on the straights, I usually try to counter it very gently, but I sometimes get shifted a foot or so in the direction the wind is blowing.

This morning I had started to lean into a corner when I lost a wind break (trees) and it felt like the wind was trying to stand me up, I ran wide in the corner, I kept pushing the bike down and just missed the outside white line by a few inches. I was blindsided, will pay more attention to windbreaks from now on.

I realize one of the the best things to do is practice, which is when I'm about to go and do right now, but some words of wisdom would be very welcome

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-08-2008, 05:07 PM
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Wind can certainly be treacherous, I've been blown about as well. Don't know any tricks other than to try and anticipate when a windblock is approaching, or an open area where the wind will be even stronger and be prepared in advance.

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Pay attention to the landscape; I look at tree tops for clues on wind velocity and direction.

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I used to live on Treasure Island (no s**t) in the SF Bay. I learned to ride on a CB400T and that thing got pushed all over on a windy day! Once, there was a light rain in the AM going to work. I swear, the tire was pointing 2 or 3 degrees off of my trajectory! Scared the heck out of me, but I learned to cope real fast since there's no shoulder on the Bay Bridge.

So I guess my advice woud be (is), expect the unexpected and learn to let the bike dance beneath you if need be, at least for a short time.

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I used to live on Treasure Island (no s**t) in the SF Bay. I learned to ride on a CB400T and that thing got pushed all over on a windy day! Once, there was a light rain in the AM going to work. I swear, the tire was pointing 2 or 3 degrees off of my trajectory! Scared the heck out of me, but I learned to cope real fast since there's no shoulder on the Bay Bridge.

So I guess my advice woud be (is), expect the unexpected and learn to let the bike dance beneath you if need be, at least for a short time.
Wow that sounds scary

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post #6 of 6 Old 08-09-2008, 07:06 AM
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more bike-dance means less fatigue. it's an art.

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