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What's the best way to shield a rider from the wind in a group (most aero position in the group)?

Yesterday I caught up with a much stronger rider who was struggling with an injury but really wanted to finish. Moral support aside, we tried to get him on my wheel on the flats (which happened to ...
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Windproof jacket for winter riding

where I live winters usually are -15°C to 5°C. For MTB I wear sports base layer and fleece jacket, but problem is wind goes right through making stomach and chest area very red and painful. I have a ...
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Counter-intuitive steering in crosswinds with hands off the bars

It should not be surprising that it is difficult to ride in a straight line with both hands off the handlebars when there is a crosswind. However, I find it most unintuitive, that for example if ...
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Bike modifications against side winds

I am cycling on the highway these days, dealing with tremor of my handlebars or a slight loss of control resulting from either oncoming vehicles or the high winds. I'm wondering how pro cyclists ...
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Rear view ears at speed

How can you hear cars approaching over wind noise? As I transition from a Sunday rider to a commuter I've gotten a good deal faster. This increases the wind noise in my ears, and it's gotten to the ...
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How to know you have tailwind?

I think I missed a lot of opportunities to go faster when cruising and not taking advantage of tailwind. I find that if I put short effort in acceleration, the tailwind will take care most of the ...
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Can it be estimated when it would actually be beneficial to increase drag in tailwind?

Usually the advice for cycling is to try to be as aerodynamic as possible (like, reduce the surface exposed to the air in front of you) in order to decrease drag as it will cost less effort to ...
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What speed of wind gust will cause a cyclist to swerve by 1m or more?

Today's weather forecast for London predicts gusts of 45mph. While there are many factors in determining whether its safe to ride, the possibility of getting blown into oncoming traffic rules out a ...
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Riding into a headwind faster than my top speed - how is it possible?

Recently we've had some pretty strong winds here -- today the weather forecast said 20mph gusting to 30mph, but a few weeks ago the gusts were supposedly over 40mph. The forecast direction was within ...
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At what temperature do you say its too cold to ride a bike? [closed]

It's been a great winter here in DC, its mostly high 30's but the last few days it's low 20's and in at night a little windy?
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Casual, stylish jacket for cycling? [closed]

I've been looking for a commuting jacket for a few months and haven't found anything suitable. Are there any casual-looking jackets with the following features for autumn/winter commuting in a city ...
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Help for wind noise [closed]

Does anyone in the forum have experience with anything that can block the noise of wind that doesn't look like I have fur growing out of my ears?
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Headwind when riding in a loop

I (think) I know the answer to this, but I wanted to get others' takes on it. Riding a loop with no wind, vs. riding the same loop with wind (such that half the loop, you get a headwind vs. tailwind ...
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How to relate wind chill, temperature, and cycling

I'm interested in how wind chill and temperature come into play while cycling. If I rode on one day with the temperature at 15°F (-9°C), but the wind chill was 1F (-17°C), how would that relate to a ...
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Wheel performance in cross wind

I'm looking to buy a pair of Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLE or Mavic Ksyrium SLR. The Cosmic's are 50mm height, Ksyrium 25mm. I'll only be using the wheel for racing. How do they perform in cross wind. I'...
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At what slope will the best bikes keep a constant speed?

At what slope will the best bikers (in terms of aerodynamics) on the best bikes roll at a constant speed at 80 km/h on an asphalt surface on a dry day? The reason for this question is because it gives ...
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Is there a simple way to measure, record, and use wind resistance or tail winds?

Since moving to a new office where my commute is a bit longer I have been obsessively recording my cycle to work hoping to see a gradual improvement. (N.B. I've stored them on Strava but you need to ...
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What subtle factors affect performance in unsubtle ways?

As a non-professional biker who commutes on a bike daily I've been noticing that some factors that I didn't think would make much difference in how fast I go or how quickly I get tired have a much ...
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What is the most efficient way to ride up or down hills, and into or away from wind?

I'm trying to work out how hard I should push myself when riding up or down a hill. Similarly, how hard should I push myself when riding into, or away from, or perpendicular to wind? My aim is to ...
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What would cause variable air resistance on a day with no wind?

I commute to work regularly. I find that on some days when there's no perceivable wind, I feel like there's almost no air resistance at all and it's so easy to ride at speed. It's also relatively ...
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What can I do to keep my knees warm?

It's getting chilly out there and my knees are starting to hurt from my short commute. I tried layered trousers (thick jeans + windstopper on top), but to no avail - my knees still get cold, while my ...
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How to use Windstopper gloves most effectively?

The Cold hands due to cold/wind question had a number of good recommendations, including using gloves with Windstopper branded material. My ski gloves are worn out so I purchased this silk weight ...
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Cold hands due to cold/wind

What is a good way to not have my hands/fingers freeze on bike rides in the cold/wind? I have a pair of gloves, but it doesn't fix the issue. Is there a better way than just to get a really thick pair ...
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Headphones with low wind noise? [closed]

I have some Sennheiser PMX70 headphones that I quite like, in particular because the around-the-neck design allows me to quickly drop them down onto my neck and out of my ears. The one thing that I ...
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Tactics for riding in strong winds

I happen to live in a windy climate. I often find myself riding against strong headwinds and sudden gusts seemingly coming from all directions at once. What are your tactics for riding in such ...