Klein QP, Fuji touring, Surly Cross Check, BCH City bike
Just got back from a really windy ride. Near the coast, circling the canyons, the wind was terrbile. Walked down some of the worst corners of the canyons. But later , I rested my bike adjacent a park bench to take some photo's of the stormy sea. Even tho the bike was on about a 30 degree pitch, the wind started to pick it up. i cought it before it appeared it was gonna tumble over in the opposite direction. With winds averaging 30 mph, those gusts must have been over 50. / Tried to find the best position to stabilize the bike , while riding. Never sure how to handle a bike in strong winds. I decided the bike seemed more stable in a totally aero position with my mouth almost touching the handlebars.
a bunch of them, most made by me, a couple made by others
Originally Posted by StephenH
Okay, I had just wondered.
Last time I rode when it was fairly windy, I noticed when I was riding with the wind, I couldn't feel much of anything- meaning the wind speed must have been pretty close to 15 mph, but I would have figured a lot more when riding into it. I didn't think to check the weather report that day, though, to see what they were reporting.
If you ride 15 mph into a 15 mph headwind you are experiencing the wind resistance of riding at 30 mph in still air.
If it's windy enough that (reasonable) people are staying off the roads in their cars, then I'd most likely stay home, too.
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