By Greg Conderacci
You might think that putting a compass on your bike is bit old-fashioned, considering the miracle of modern GPS devices. But a compass gives you a sense of direction…of the wind.
Have you ever found yourself trying to draft other riders, only to discover you’ve been struggling along on the wrong (windy) side of their rear wheels? In light winds and on routes with a lot of turns, it’s an easy mistake to make.
With a compass, you can take a bearing on the wind (often from watching a flag or some other “weathervane”). So, for example, if the wind is from the northwest, you know you want to be on the southeast side of the rider in front of you.
The compass doesn’t weigh much, there’s no battery, and, if your GPS dies, it doesn’t take your sense of direction with it.
Greg Conderacci is a marketing consultant and a former Wall Street Journal reporter, non-profit entrepreneur, and investment bank chief marketing officer. In Getting UP!, he brings you the same skills he teaches at a top graduate school and Fortune 500 companies. Lots of people promise better performance … Greg proves it. Using his energy techniques, in 2015 he rode a bicycle across America in just 18 days — averaging 150 miles a day.