Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-22-09, 10:03 AM   #1
Wogster
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Wogster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Toronto (again) Ontario, Canada
Bikes: Norco Bushpilot (out of commission), Raleigh Delta
Posts: 6,941
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wind

Okay how windy does it need to be before you say fagedaboudit?

This should be a poll, but I can't create one...

20km/h -> 12MPH
25km/h -> 16MPH
30km/h -> 19MPH
35km/h -> 22MPH
40km/h -> 25MPH
50km/h -> 30MPH
60km/h -> 37MPH
70km/h -> 43MPH
70+
Wogster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-09, 10:23 AM   #2
gus69
Senior Member
 
gus69's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Køge; Denmark
Bikes: only 8 or 9 at present.
Posts: 67
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I would say around 60 km/h unless it's tail wind.
I feel it's to dangerous with the nasty gusts that comes when it blows above that.
gus69 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-09, 10:25 AM   #3
CACycling
Senior Member
 
CACycling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Oxnard, CA
Bikes: '08 Fuji Roubaix RC; '07 Schwinn Le Tour GS; '92 Diamond Back Ascent EX
Posts: 4,565
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've left on rides with 25 MPH sustained winds and 35 MPH gusts but that's about my limit.
CACycling is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-09, 10:35 AM   #4
jboyd
Senior Member
 
jboyd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Southern Illinois
Bikes: Giant "Rainier"
Posts: 784
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Depends on whether it is a Headwind or a Tailwind

Headwind: About 20mph and I am done. It's hard enough propelling me. Add additional resistance beyond hills and I'll go home.

Tailwind: Well, I don't think I have ever had one of those, so I can't say.
jboyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-09, 11:13 AM   #5
b_young
Support JDRF
 
b_young's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Arkansas
Bikes: Specialized Sirrus, Specialized Roubaix Elite
Posts: 874
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
25 mph.
b_young is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-09, 11:27 AM   #6
CliftonGK1
Senior Member
 
CliftonGK1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Columbus, OH
Bikes: '08 Surly Cross-Check, 2011 Redline Conquest Pro, 2012 Spesh FSR Comp EVO, 2015 Trek Domane 6.2 disc
Posts: 11,380
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
25mph sustained and I would probably abandon my ride plans.
45 - 50mph gusts and unless I'm at work and have no other way to get home, I won't go out and ride. I don't like getting blindsided by a strong crosswind and feeling like I'm going to get blown into traffic (or the drainage culvert).
CliftonGK1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-09, 12:02 PM   #7
Tom Stormcrowe
Out fishing with Annie on his lap, a cigar in one hand and a ginger ale in the other, watching the sunset.
 
Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Florida
Bikes: Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
Posts: 16,121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've been out in winds up to 70 MPH, but I was looking hard for shelter at the time........

__________________
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant
Tom Stormcrowe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-09, 12:16 PM   #8
stark23x
BikeNewbie
 
stark23x's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Hamden, CT USA
Bikes: 2009 Giant Defy 3, 1983 Trek 850, 2008 Schwinn Sidewinder
Posts: 132
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
25mph. Today is sustained 15 with gusts to 25, and every time it gusted I wanted to kill myself and *then* cry.

And this was on flats! However...while going out was a nightmare, coming home was awe_freaking_some.
stark23x is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-09, 12:24 PM   #9
JoelS
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Near Sacramento
Bikes:
Posts: 4,890
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I did a century one day with sustained 35mph winds and gusts over 50. It was actually a lot of fun once I accepted that there was no shelter from the wind and I'd just have to deal with it.
__________________
-------

Some sort of pithy irrelevant one-liner should go here.
JoelS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-09, 01:20 PM   #10
snowman40
Senior Member
 
snowman40's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Orange County, CA
Bikes: Fuji
Posts: 1,144
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
depends on debris/dust.

I've been out when Santa Ana's were going 20-30 in the morning and pushed me to work. Luckily, they had died down to 15 in the evening. I have driven in 30-40 and that was scary enough for me to not ride my bike when it is blowing that hard.
snowman40 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-09, 03:05 PM   #11
shmily_dana
Senior Member
 
shmily_dana's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 181
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've riden into 20-25mph winds. The whole time I was thinking "I'll have a great tail wind going home...I can't wait!". Then I head back and realize that the winds have died, I get a normal ride back. Or the winds have changed direction, and I have to fight them again.

My favorite strategy when it is windy is to ride a pretzel loop (instead out and back to somewhere). That way I have head winds for a while, cross winds, tail winds, cross winds again, and then back to head winds.
shmily_dana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-09, 03:09 PM   #12
racethenation
Senior Member
 
racethenation's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Bikes: 2007 Schwinn Fastback Race
Posts: 244
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Side gusts are my big concern. I don't like any strong wind, but when it is gusting from the side, I am always afraid an ill timed gust will put me into traffic. Otherwise, I don't have a specific number, but when it tops 25-30 mph, I have to really want to go ride.
racethenation is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-09, 04:36 PM   #13
Jeff Wills
Insane Bicycle Mechanic
 
Jeff Wills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: other Vancouver
Bikes:
Posts: 7,906
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by CACycling View Post
I've left on rides with 25 MPH sustained winds and 35 MPH gusts but that's about my limit.
Same here. Every once in a while the wind comes howling out of the Columbia Gorge past the town of Troutdale, Oregon. Fortunately, there's a route that avoids the headwind (mostly) and allows you to sneak up on the flow from the side. With that kind of tailwind, the ride home is a breeze.
__________________
Jeff Wills

Comcast nuked my web page. It will return soon..
Jeff Wills is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-09, 06:43 PM   #14
Rhodabike
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Potashville
Bikes: Reynolds 531P road bike, Rocky Mountain Metropolis, Rocky Mountain Sherpa 10, Look 566
Posts: 1,080
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It's hard to avoid wind here, but I'd have to say 50 kph. The 1987 provincial 40k time trial champs were held in Lethbridge (two hours south of here) in winds 80 kph gusting to 100 at times. Those of us who finished felt like having tee-shirts printed up to boast that we'd survived it.
Rhodabike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-09, 07:12 PM   #15
donalson
just pedal
 
donalson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Kemah, TX (greater Houston area)
Bikes: Surly Disc Trucker, Klein stage comp, trek 560
Posts: 904
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm in FL... it's windy... recall one day I was headed north just struggling... I was PUSHING to go 12mph down hill... saw some guy on a huffy headed the other direction pedaling along (knees up to his chest kinda riding) just flying... I finaly got my 10 miles north and turned around... HOLY CRAP that was fun rolling 20+ all the way home

my big issue is gusting shear wind... I'm always scared it'll blow me into traffic... or completely off the road
donalson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-09, 07:24 PM   #16
dlester
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Marysville, WA
Bikes: Trek Portland/Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo/LeMond Versailles
Posts: 463
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have never 'not' ridden due to wind, but I was joking to myself on Saturday that I needed to put some of the weight back on. I caught a side gust that moved me two feet over, and I had to lean way into the gust to keep from falling over.

That kind of thing wasn't a problem when I had 100 extra pounds.
dlester is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-09, 08:02 PM   #17
Waxbytes
Senior Member
 
Waxbytes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 517
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
For me it's about enthusiasm. If I feel like riding the wind has never stopped me, if I'm looking for an excuse to not go out the slightest flutter of a leaf is too windy.
Waxbytes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-09, 08:28 PM   #18
Wogster
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Wogster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Toronto (again) Ontario, Canada
Bikes: Norco Bushpilot (out of commission), Raleigh Delta
Posts: 6,941
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Being the sly kitty that started this thread,

Head wind, I ain't gonna like it but been out at 35km/h....
Cross wind about 25km/h is about it, too easy to get blown into traffic or the ditch....
Tail wind, what's a tail wind?
Wogster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-09, 09:23 PM   #19
StephenH
Uber Goober
 
StephenH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
Bikes:
Posts: 11,224
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
So far, it hasn't been windy enough that I didn't ride in it.

Admittedly, that probably means 25 mph max.

One factor is whether you're just riding, or actually going somewhere. If you're just out for a ride, ride into the wind until you get tired, then turn around. In that case, as long as you don't get blown over, run out of gears, or get hypothermia, you're good.
__________________
"be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."
StephenH is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:50 PM.