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sheeponabike

What do you call windy?

Hope this is in the right place - couldn't figure where to put it.

I was lurking on another biking board a while ago and a guy was saying he never took the bike out when the weather forecast gave out winds at 20mph! (that's about 30kph) Where I live we regularly get the north west wind blowing between 50 to 80kph, and often from 80 to 100 and even 120kph. So I've made my limit 80 and over. I've been out in the past when it was gusting at 100 or so and head on it's just hard work, in your back it's wonderful but if you get that from the side when you're about to be overtaken by a truck or something then you're in a potential death situation. It's dangerous enough biking on the roads without being blown under a flippin lorry. But not going out when it's blowing 20mph would, I think, be seriously limiting your biking options.
Just wondering what everyone else considers dangerous or not dangerous?

Just thought, I should think Cape probably has to cope with blowy conditions judging by the pics of where he lives.
Bartali

Interesting.

For me ... if its a headwind ... its windy! Smile
berck

I say that if its not a tailwind, its a headwind Smile

Sheep, you have some pretty strong wind there. We pretty much get a constant wind in my area from NW to SW. During the winter months it tends to come from the NE. Ours tends to run anywhere from about 10kph to 50 kph. With all the hills around us, and can really vary, and I've been on 'loop' rides where I never had a tail wind.
CapeRoadie

Yesterday I rode in high wind and rain. I'd say it's "windy" when you're feeling the bike move with every gust.
kellyrocheearly

Cant beat a bit of wind to sort out the men from the boys
headwind

Its windy EVERY time I get on a bike...and right at me.

above 20 mph its certainly a huge drag on my psyche.
CapeRoadie

You must embrace the wind, before it embraces you.
berck

There has been a number of times that the wind switches directions on me on my ride. It'll be in my face on the way out and in my face on the way back. Its times like those I just smile and laugh. Other times and I just yell! Smile
headwind

shes a lazy breeze...cuts right through ya rather than going around...
chasm

Re: What do you call windy?

sheeponabike wrote:
But not going out when it's blowing 20mph would, I think, be seriously limiting your biking options.
Just wondering what everyone else considers dangerous or not dangerous?


A couple of weeks ago I was out on a training ride in a wind which was supposed to be 25mph, according to the weather forecast. That seemed plausible, and I felt safe enough (if a bit overworked) at low levels. But my route took me over the moors and once on the exposed high ground it became clear that the crosswind was a lot stronger than 25mph - I later discovered it had been 50mph. I literally could not keep the bike on the road; leaning into the wind meant that either I veered crazily into the middle of the road as the intensity dropped, or was simply pushed into the ditch as it gusted. After I came off for the third time I abandoned and beat a retreat.

So, more than 20mph, fine. But definitely less than 50mph unless you have a death wish.
sheeponabike

50mph? That's about 80kph isn't it? And that's what i've fixed as my lower limit. More than that and I stay at home! Smile
cyclingtv

sheeponabike wrote:
50mph? That's about 80kph isn't it? And that's what i've fixed
as my lower limit. More than that and I stay at home! Smile
you guy's are either maniacally determined or unwavering fools..

even if it's a racing event.. if its more than a steady 30 kph..
I stay home.. gusts are harder to decide about until you
are out there.. but for gusts I'd say up to 50 kph.. when
the wind is blowing faster than I can ride.. time for home..
at 80kph.. I don't think.. I couldn't ride into it at all..

btw.. stage race in spain today.. was cancelled..
the cause was due to high winds and storms..
CapeRoadie

Today we had a tailwind on the way back from a 40+-mile group ride. Doing 25+ mph on the way back was a breeze!
cyclingtv

CapeRoadie wrote:
Today we had a tailwind on the way back from a 40+-mile group ride. Doing 25+ mph on the way back was a breeze!
it's great feeling when that happens.. in group rides we usually go 90-120 kms..
even to 160 kms.. when wind is a factor we will ride into the wind going out..
then tailwind it home.. nothing feels better than being in a group..
doing 60 kph going home.. makes the tough ride out worth it..
sheeponabike

After a while riding on a fast road with a good tail wind you start to feel as if you're floating. Anyone else experienced this?
kellyrocheearly

yep until you turn for home and get the head wind. Was a bit like that on my ride yesterday
Jackov

All wind radiates from my house. No matter what route I take, the wind is in my face on the way home.
crash48

That would be one of those following head winds. There quite common with riders all over the globe...
CapeRoadie

It's windy when you wake up, open your front door, bend over for the newspaper and find yourself laying in your front yard 20 feet away from the door.

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