Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

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Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby lammy » Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:39 am

Just wanted to know what you hate worse on your bike rides/commutes?
I can now cope with rain as long as I am prepared ie: chosen my wet bike with mudguards, waterproof rain jacket and overshoes.
..however strong wind 30kmph + drives me insane, I hate it and is it me or do you notice no matter where you live its always against you on the way home!!!!

Worse case senario (and this has happend a few times), you get up to a wonderful sunny morning, choose your nice bike and commute to work happily and at 4pm wind picks up massively and the rain comes down hard just as your about to set off home!! Argghh
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby mikgit » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:03 pm

Wind, wind sux the big one... where I used to live there was no tailwind, you got a headwind riding out...then miraculously you got a headwind coming home...grrrr.
Rain, if it starts raining when I'm out fine, but if its raining when I go to leave, makes me grumpy...but not as much as wind.
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby g-boaf » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:21 pm

Wind is worse. It always seems to be a headwind. Rain isn't nice either - but it's not as bad as wind.
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby Bob_TAS » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:25 pm

+1 for wind.

Once those roaring forties set in of an afternoon, the 7.5km relatively flat commute home turns into a hill climb out of Hades.

Rain is lovely to ride in, though the slicks can be fun at times.
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby simonn » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:40 pm

But wind doesn't dirty the drive train and wear it out.
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby trailgumby » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:42 pm

Definitely wind. Especially as it swirls around the high-ride residential apartments along Spit Road. Can move you around a couple of feet within the lane when you're barrelling along at 40-50km/hr along there. Not the most comfortable experience during the evening peak. :x

Worse when it's combined with rain. Makes seeing where you're going difficult, and seeing the traffic to be able to negotiate it safely nearly impossible.

That's when I head to the footpath and/or backstreets.
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby MarkG » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:49 pm

I dislike the rain more.
Wind makes you stronger and is your friend.
Rain dirties your bike, your kit, your shoes and turns everything to caca!
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby slidetaker » Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:08 pm

Dislike rain more.....steel bike and Brooks saddle here...
For wind, I either drop the speed right down or get into aero position if I am up for it....
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby toolonglegs » Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:08 pm

Love wind, don't mind rain for races but prefer training in the dry! ... I only have problems when cold is added in... Yesterday I felt like a bit of a tit on the start line in full on winter gloves, beanie & full length leg warmers... An hour or so later I was so glad I had, howling wind and sleet for 2 hours, watch guys ride off the road because they couldn't use their hands!.
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby jasonc » Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:26 pm

simonn wrote:But wind doesn't dirty the drive train and wear it out.

+1.

wind is a pain in the butt, but I prefer it to having the clean the bike all the time.
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby Fresh » Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:26 pm

Wind sux, unless it is a tailwind but invariably it's always a head or cross wind.

Rain is OK, cools you down but descending can become a bit hairy.
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby Lukeyboy » Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:31 pm

Commute: Rain is worse.
Out for a afternoon crusise with the missus: Wind and or rain.
Out for a ride: HTFU you wuss :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby CXCommuter » Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:12 pm

simonn wrote:But wind doesn't dirty the drive train and wear it out.


Helps me with upgradeitis. Prefer riding in the rain (without wind) as it reminds of being a kid slamming the back brakes on. Wind I hate except I do realise it makes me stronger. What I really hate is the winter storms, 30+ km/h winds (always headwinds) combined with horizontally driven rain and sleet. These always seem to hit in the afternoon after a beautiful Perth Winters day so completely uprepared.
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby Xplora » Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:52 pm

Wind. Yes, drivetrain hates the water more, but basic riding is more pleasant in the rain than the wind. Rain is simply water that hasn't been processed into sweat...
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby simonn » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:05 pm

Xplora wrote:Rain is simply water that hasn't been processed into sweat...


Wind is simply energy that has not been transformed into muscle :wink: :P
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby birdbrain » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:27 pm

Not particularly thrilled about rain. Wind can be a pain at times but you don't have to clean anything at the end of your ride.
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby il padrone » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:29 pm

Wind that puts you into gear4 on a downhill and blows you to a stop on a gentle climb.

Had this on our mountain climb to Ponto Mandrazzi, a couple of days ago :(
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby Lizzy » Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:16 pm

Yep, wind. Especially in combination with rain, rain in and of itself I can take.

Add a blowing-dogs-off-chains wind to rain and you get the icky slap-slap-slap of your rainjacket against your arms with all the cold condensed sweat on the inside, yum ...
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby VRE » Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:19 pm

il padrone wrote:Wind that puts you into gear4 on a downhill and blows you to a stop on a gentle climb.

Had this on our mountain climb to Ponto Mandrazzi, a couple of days ago :(

And I bet you're hating every moment of those mountains, you lucky, lucky b@stard! :D
I hope you'll give us a ride report when you return?

As for the OP's question: I like riding in all conditions, because even the bad weather gives me something to remember and talk about to other people :) .
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby rogan » Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:07 pm

il padrone wrote:Wind that puts you into gear4 on a downhill and blows you to a stop on a gentle climb.

Had this on our mountain climb to Ponto Mandrazzi, a couple of days ago :(


You should have gone the other way and nailed some strava segments...

Which brings me to my contribution. With the advent of strava, wind is most definitely my friend. For HTFU purposes in one direction. But also for segment hunting in the other direction. Wind overall does not make my ride significantly more dangerous, and only a bit more unpleasant.

Rain. I don't like rain. It is much more dangerous (I keep forgetting my brakes don't work properly), and much more unpleasant. It makes my bike grotty. Plus motorists go nuts in the rain.
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby Mustang » Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:27 pm

Dislike both!!! rain is more dangerous to me.
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby KonaCommuter » Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:28 pm

Wind for me. It always seems to be a headwind and it's strongest on the days I've got the hump and just want to get home.


One day I was out for a recreational ride and I was thinking "Wow, it's all really coming together. My speed is decent and I'm not even working that hard. Yeah, I'm getting real good now". Then I turned around for the return leg :cry:
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby Baldy » Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:03 pm

The answer for me depends on the temperature.

If I lived north of Sydney or in the west it would be wind.
But I live near Hobart so it's rain.

Its annoying more than anything, I have a bike and gear that can handle anything Hobart has to offer. The only weak point is between the saddle and the handlebars :)

Anyway wind is the stravapests best friend
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby pacra » Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:30 pm

Wind
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Re: Whats worse for you Rain or Wind?

Postby Ozkaban » Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:34 pm

Wind for me.

I have never minded rain. It's less fun on a bike, completely fine when running but I just hate wind...
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