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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-22-2013, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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Riding through Iowa

Going to be riding through the state of Iowa this weekend. First distance ride this long in a decade.

2 questions:

1) Never been on a ride through Iowa, but I hear it's really windy and I might need lean angle to go in a straight line.. is this an exaggeration or for real?

2) Aside from stopping frequently, any other tips?

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Are you taking i-80? Going all the way across?

I can't speak for the wind speficically going through the state, but I've had to lean into the wind on the other side of Iowa. It's a bit nerve racking. A steady wind isn't so bad, it's the gusts that will get you. Being an Iowa native, it's probably windier here than it is there.

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Check your bike before your head out.

Tires, chain, fluids, all bolts, etc

Take a tire plug kit and some spare tools
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Don't give a second thought to the wind. Just steer where you want to go. I realize you're new to riding, but don't get nervous about it. It's really nothing to worry about. I've been across Iowa more times than I can count and it's no different than anywhere else in the Midwest.

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Yeah Iowa presents no extraordinary wind problems. If you find yourself in windy conditions though you have to try to relax and not squeeze the grips with a death grip. A word of caution when passing trucks. As you get past the front of the truck be prepared to correct yourself. Depending on your speed and the wind direction the wind pressure can push you around.
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I don't know if this is proper protocol but as I get ready to pass a rig I tuck in a bit. It seems to make a huge difference. I don't get wobbled hardly any.
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Hahaha its really no big deal. Yea it can get a tad windy between Des Moines, IA and Omaha, NE. If you get tired take a break... or just take a break b/c.

Also, don't speed near Iowa City or Des Moines... (B/c 5-O)
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Take back roads. Watch out for tractors and locals. Find a dive and order a pork tenderloin sammich. Say "GO HAWKS" a lot.

If you decide to slab the whole way for some reason - stop before you get to Nebraska. I-80 is a death march from there to CO.


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