open topic, for anything cycling related.
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
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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+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.
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.
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.
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!
Proudly "a hater of academics with helmet cams"
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!.
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.
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
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.
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 ...
“Lexa”: 2012 Trek Lexa S; “Bluey”: 2006 Trek 7.0FX
And I bet you're hating every moment of those mountains, you lucky, lucky b@stard!
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 .
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.
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
2012 Oppy A4
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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