8 Easy Cycling Tips To Get You Riding Faster & Stronger In Wind

Updated: Nov 24

Getting faster in cycling - that's like the #1 goal of most cyclists and triathlete we know. That usually entails increasing average mph speeds, charging up hills without sucking wind, and keeping up with the pace line in a group ride. Check Mrs. Jackson out leading the pack⤵️

Black Female Cyclist in Pace Line Cycling Group Ride

What you ride and where you ride matters as well.

This includes your bike. A road bike with drop handlebars and skinny wheels will typically go faster than a flat-bar hybrid bike with chunky rubber tires or an off-road mountain bike.

Where you ride also matters because hillier terrain, as well as riding into a headwind or in wet or tricky urban conditions, will always reduce your average speed compared to riding on smooth, paved roads and trails.

Looking to up your bike game or want to become a better cyclist? Read on...

8 Simple Cycling Strategies To Get Faster & Stronger

Cycling in Wind & Rain

  • Be careful in gusty winds and in rain. Mind your wheels and adjust tire pressure accordingly.

  • Deep section rims in windy conditions increases falling and control loss

  • Rainy conditions - lower your tire pressure by 10-15psi ( think 80-85 psi for safety)

  • Wind Direction - If the wind is strong and you have a choice, have the ride start heading into the wind for as far as you can go. Then turn around and relax on the trip home.

Cycling with Headwind

  • Lower your chest when going into the wind and take advantage of the drops to lower your chest even further.

  • Increase your cadence/pedal stroke to decrease getting stuck/hit with gusts

  • Treat it like it's a hill and use target to keep you motivated and pedaling

Cycling with Tailwind