Monday, May 25, 2009

Wind




I am feeling very conflicted about wind. I used to windsurf quite a lot, and in those days I loved every and any kind of wind, because I knew I could use it one way or another. These days, however, I find myself both blessing and cursing the wind as it helps me or hurts me while riding my bike. Here in London Ontario (where windsurfing won't be happening, by the way) the prevailing winds are West or Northwest, it seems to me, with some nice variations in Spring and Fall. As such, as I ride eastward to work in the morning I most often enjoy a tailwind, and on my way home I can usually count on lower speeds and more work as I battle a headwind. Wind is the primary reason that I have drop bars on my bike... I spend most of my time with my hands on the brake hoods, but it is good to be able to really hunker down when riding into the wind.


In thinking about wind I have come up with a hypothetical that I would like to conduct a poll on. Here it is:


In Cycling Heaven, The Wind is...

After creating the first poll, I realized that there was a "that depends" element needing to be addressed. So, keeping in mind your first answer...



In Cycling Heaven, the Wind is...


I am hoping that the results will be nicely varied, just as people are. If you answered c) and e), respectively, please get treatment. You are a certifiable masochist, in my professional opinion as a velopseudopsychiologist. Please come in to my office, and we will use the over-worked vent holes near the front of your bicycle helmet to access your skull, drill some nice holes and let those demons out, just like I have to do twice a year for my most regular patient...







I'm winded. See you next time...


R A N T W I C K
P.S. I now realize the second poll is flawed, since the first offers "dead calm". Those of you who answered a) on the first poll are kind of stuck on the second; sorry about that.

5 comments:

nick said...

I went for a variable strength crosswind. Now that I think about it, the only good thing with that situation is that I think it's funny watching people try to deal with it. That might not be good enough for cycling heaven, and with an attitude like that I probably wouldn't get there in the first place.

Rantwick said...

No wrong answers here, Nick. Thanks for voting!

ChipSeal said...

Here In Dallas, when there was a strong north or south wind, I would use our light rail system for the headwind leg of my ride so that I could have a 100% (nearly) tailwind ride.

I often give a "tailwinds to you" blessing to my friends.

ChipSeal said...
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Rantwick said...

ChipSeal - your "Tailwinds!" signature on some of your online stuff was part of how I started percolating on whether I would like to ride in an all-tailwind reality...

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