Cycling and wind ....

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John Hunter
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Cycling and wind ....

Postby John Hunter » 18 Nov 2009, 11:38am

No ..... not a thread about the weather (although I didn't cyclmute today coz of the gales) but one about this question ....

Does cycling long distances give you wind? Since I started doing the full commute to and from work last June (about 23 miles) I have had wind, the kind of which I have never had in my entire life!!!!!!
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Re: Cycling and wind ....

Postby iandriver » 18 Nov 2009, 11:50am

Well, exercise certainly gets the system working, all of it in my experience, especially the gently rocking motion (no pun intended) of cycling. Has the extra exercise led you to change your diet?
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Re: Cycling and wind ....

Postby Si » 18 Nov 2009, 11:52am

are you eating extra roughage to power you for the commute?

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Re: Cycling and wind ....

Postby speedsixdave » 18 Nov 2009, 12:09pm

It gives me wind too! You are not alone! I asked that very same question on here a few years ago and was met with an agonising silence.

Having said that I have no good advice, and no solution. It doesn't get me every time, and only ( I think) on the road bike, on which I am more bent over and stretched out. I expect the crunching up of the guts is partly to blame.

Thinking about it now, it's not been so bad recently. I've had a bad back which has resulted - in cycling terms - in raising the bars and shortening the reach on all my bikes. Mebbe this has resulted in less wind? I have no proper evidence.

Would you be prepared to lose that low aero position for the sake of your belly? DO you ride drops?

Best of luck with it!
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Re: Cycling and wind ....

Postby thekelticfringe » 18 Nov 2009, 12:12pm

I did a three day ride which covered about 80 miles a day for three days consecutively. I ate more than usual, particularly breakfast, and did try to concentrate on slow burn carbs - so brown pasta, jacket potatoes, baked beans ( :D ) dried fruit, that kind of stuff - and yup, sure enough, wind-assisted for considerable periods of the ride!

No problem on my normal (14 miles each way) commute though.
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Re: Cycling and wind ....

Postby gilesjuk » 18 Nov 2009, 12:54pm

Swallowing air when drinking from a bottle can cause wind.

If it's only happening when riding then it will be something you're eating combined with the above. Some people are lactose intolerant and get lots of wind.

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Re: Cycling and wind ....

Postby james01 » 18 Nov 2009, 12:59pm

For heavens sake don't tell the motoring lobby about this, they'll accuse us of increasing global warning :shock:

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Re: Cycling and wind ....

Postby John Hunter » 19 Nov 2009, 10:14am

Our staple diet at home is pasta and lentils ..... cheap and cheerful. I also have a couple of pieces of fruit each day.

I think it is the processes of breaking this food down to fuel the cycle that causes it!!!!!

Either that or I'm rotting from the inside out!!!!
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Re: Cycling and wind ....

Postby reohn2 » 19 Nov 2009, 10:43am

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Re: Cycling and wind ....

Postby herzog » 19 Nov 2009, 12:59pm

Is this not the cycling equivalent of a KERS button in F1?

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Re: Cycling and wind ....

Postby Jonty » 19 Nov 2009, 6:58pm

I call it switching on my turbo charger.
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Re: Cycling and wind ....

Postby AlanD » 20 Nov 2009, 12:52pm

Think of it as rocket propulsion PRRRRP

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Re: Cycling and wind ....

Postby MaxHeadroom » 20 Nov 2009, 10:37pm

Yep, the more I cycle the fitter I get, the fitter I get the more wind assistance I produce :D. It got so bad I even asked my doctor about it and he said it was very common. Apparently people who do a lot of long haul flights and have high stress jobs use tough fitness regimes to help them cope with the stresses of air travel and this is a common problem for them too. I was told there is medication to reduce the fragrance but not the volume.

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Re: Cycling and wind ....

Postby thekelticfringe » 21 Nov 2009, 9:44pm

John Hunter wrote:Our staple diet at home is pasta and lentils ..... cheap and cheerful. I also have a couple of pieces of fruit each day.


Well then - there you go! Get a steak down you :mrgreen:
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Re: Cycling and wind ....

Postby sharpy » 22 Nov 2009, 12:14am

John Hunter wrote:Our staple diet at home is pasta and lentils ..... cheap and cheerful. I also have a couple of pieces of fruit each day.

I think it is the processes of breaking this food down to fuel the cycle that causes it!!!!!

Either that or I'm rotting from the inside out!!!!


John,
I seem to remember that you were always a little vocal in the 'personal wind' area. Swapping from a Gi to bike will not cure this particualr affliction :D
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