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    High Wind Advisory. . . Do you ride?

    I don't think anyone really enjoys riding in windy conditions, but I imagine there are those (maybe many) who venture out even while aware of predictions for wind (other conditions favorable).

    If the reports say 10-15 mi/hr that will probably stop me. Am I a wuss?

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    Sorry...but yup, you're a wuss.

    Unless that 15mph wind is in 15F temps, THEN I can understand it!

    No amount of wind will stop me from riding (I commute to work) when the temps are 30+, but I start paying attention below that. Although, yesterday was 20F with 15mph winds, and I rode. It hurt, but I rode.

    Last year, there was a 5F day with 25mph winds gusting to 40; my commute at that time was 9 miles one way, and I rode; PAINFUL is the word for THAT!

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    Depends on where I am riding, but IMHO winds under 25mph don't constitute a wind advisory I have ridden into 30mph headwinds...it sucks when you have to pedal downhill in your lowest gear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    Depends on where I am riding, but IMHO winds under 25mph don't constitute a wind advisory I have ridden into 30mph headwinds...it sucks when you have to pedal downhill in your lowest gear
    Yup, been there, done that. I can list a lot more enjoyable things to do of course. Worst I've been in was 30-35mph headwind with frequent gusts to 55mph. Took a few days for my legs to recover!

    Supposed to be 20degrees tomorrow, 25-35mph gusts to 50 here

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    I went to the store on an apparently windy day. I coasted for a mile and a half. The return trip probably would have been quicker if I'd gotten off and pushed the bike.
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    I actually had a pretty windy day last week and decided to man up and give a go. Oh boy that was scary. The cross winds felt like they were gonna push me into traffic. I got maybe a 20 mile ride out of it but it felt like 50. It was kind of fun though

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    Mostly winds up to 15 will not keep me home but 25 might. Head winds and tail winds aren’t the problem it is the side winds. With some of the wheels with flat spokes it can be a real challenge when the sudden gust hits and you feel like you may end up in a ditch. I have gone out when they predicted winds. I have cut rides short when they materialized. Just to be honest.

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    I won't ride if there is a good chance that the wind will pick me up and drop me off somewhere that's not Kansas. Hasn't happened so far.

    Seriously, I guess we just don't get winds that are very strong all that often. I know I can handle 35 mph with no loss of control, even when it's gusting from all the different directions. It's tough but manageable. If it's 35 mph coupled with snowy and icy roads, then I might wuss out. But I've yet to encounter that combo.

    I wouldn't go on a century on a day like that (unless it was all tailwind, heh :-)), but there truly are very few locally occurring weather phenomena that would make my short 5-mile commute or my under-10K errand runs impossible, and if it's doable, then I'm doing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chephy View Post
    I wouldn't go on a century on a day like that (unless it was all tailwind, heh :-)), but there truly are very few locally occurring weather phenomena that would make my short 5-mile commute or my under-10K errand runs impossible, and if it's doable, then I'm doing it.
    Think I got the T shirt for a century ride like that. Trained all year for a 100 miler offroad and it was a beautifull day at 6am. Plenty of water about but the wind was strong at about 30mph from the SW but we were going from West to East. Then wind strength got up and veered to a cross wind. By mile 60 it was nearly in the face and gusting. We stopped at the 65 mile mark as riders were being blown off their bikes and the wind was going to get stronger and bring rain.

    I'll ride in strong winds although it might be a shorter ride- but Wind and rain- forget about it.
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    We get weather alerts due to gale-force winds. Gale force is roughly over 30mph. It can be really dangerous because the gales are not contant, you get sudden gusts. Windblown debris such as branches can get caught in your wheels. Overtaking traffic can act as a sudden wind-break.
    I don't ride in gales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jalbri View Post
    ...10-15 mi/hr that will probably stop me. Am I a wuss?
    I rode 90 miles in that yesterday; it's not that bad. I was getting 12-13 mph one way, and 22-23 the other. However, the wind was rather steady, which is much better than gusts. If you are training for brevets or centuries, it's a good opportunity to see if you can handle it. After all, you never know what conditions you will encounter on the day of the event.

    If you are only out for enjoyment, and you don't enjoy it, then you don't have to feel guilty for staying home. Depending where you live, though, you may need to get used to it. I live on the coast, and we get 10 mph or more often. In fact, you can get 10 mph headwind both ways on the commute. I just try to embrace the training benefit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chephy View Post
    I won't ride if there is a good chance that the wind will pick me up and drop me off somewhere that's not Kansas. Hasn't happened so far.
    Oh shucks!
    10-15 mph winds is nothing. Not enough to make your knees hurt or have you walk instead. I would much rather ride in the winds than up continuous hills. Don't wuss out, ride against the winds and consider it to be the best work out you will get until they come back around.
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    Just over a year ago, on December 28, 2008 I tried to beat this big blow before it came into town:



    I was at the easternmost point of my loop when I heard a train coming. I was near the railroad mainline, so I didn't think anything of it. Got turned westward, rode 100 yards and it hit--like a train. Granny ring on my triple, big cog, all the way down in the drops, and barely moving.

    Ordinarily, winds here are in the 15-25 MPH range. I wouldn't get any riding in if I only rode when it was under 10 MPH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsl View Post

    I was at the easternmost point of my loop when I heard a train coming. I was near the railroad mainline, so I didn't think anything of it. Got turned westward, rode 100 yards and it hit--like a train. Granny ring on my triple, big cog, all the way down in the drops, and barely moving.

    Guess I gotta toughen up, but that's...not fun?

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    if it's going to be too windy, I won't ride. why torture myself?
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    I rode on the day of the great wind storm in 2006.






    It broke down and uprooted around 1000 trees in Stanley Park.

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    I've ridden in 30 mph winds, but not more than 10 miles, and only a few of them are into the headwind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jalbri View Post
    Guess I gotta toughen up, but that's...not fun?
    I'm not so sure about that. If you are training for something, go for it. If you ride for fun, and it isn't fun. . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    Think I got the T shirt for a century ride like that.
    I feel your pain. I went for a long ride in winds like that once (not quite a century, but close). It was so much fun on the way out! And so much not fun on the way back (the wind picked up in the afternoon, too). The headwind was so strong, we were almost riding backwards. Had to fight for every foot of progress. There were only two of us out, too, so not a whole lot could be arranged as far as pacelines go, and it probably wouldn't have been safe anyway - not with the sideways gusts we were experiencing. I've been cursing under my breath all the way home, with an occasional shouting flare-up ("You goddam *beep* *beep* *beep*ing wind! You *beep*ing loser, I'm gonna *beep*ing rip you up and feed your guts to the dogs, you blasted, cursed, piece of *beep*!")

    It was fun in its own perverse way, but I'm not sure I want to do it again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jalbri View Post
    Guess I gotta toughen up, but that's...not fun?
    All depends, I guess.

    I don't like riding in the wind, but I like sitting around looking out the window and wishing I could ride a whole lot less.

    On those rare days when the current conditions say CALM, I'm all over it.

    That day I rode in gusts to 63 MPH, it was a lot of fun, actually--after I got over the disappointment of not beating the wind back home and the fear that I wouldn't make it. It was early on a Sunday morning of a holiday weekend. For the worst of it I was nice and safe on a MUP. I rode a few miles with it as a crosswind on a nearly deserted 4-lane, before turning with it as a tailwind for the last couple of miles on residential city streets.

    Would I go out in winds like that again? No way.
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    10-15 miles per hour (16-24 km/h) is a gentle breeze. I don't think there would be a high wind advisory issued for something like that, nor would it stop me from cycling ... I'd never ride if that light a wind stopped me! The wind is 16 km/h gusting to 22 km/h right now, the trees are barely moving, and the weather forecast says "light winds".

    I've done centuries and brevets where I've fought against a 50 km/h (30 mph) wind and that's tough ... but doable. I've been caught out in an 80 km/h (50 mph) wind a couple times which got a little scary when the wind blew as a crosswind. I was down to about 6 to 8 km/h in those winds. And I've been in a 160 km/h (100 mph) wind which was rather frightening. That was a microburst.

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    I don't like strong gusts, when riding in traffic. I get very nervous. Alright, I don't like headwinds, period, but just get really twitchy about mixing it in traffic when i might get pushed sideway.

    I did find a sudden headwind as I topped out on a rise, at the same time as coming from behind a line of trees that had been sheltering me, i just stalled, standing on the pedals, wobbling, not going anywhere. Walked a few yards to a bridge I was aiming for, rode across the bridge, nearly colliding with the railings in the process, got on the other side and headed back on the other leg, wheeeeee!

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    I have ridden in winds up to 135km/h without any issues at all. In fact, the night I rode in the 135km/h winds (yes, I ride at night as well), we copped 10 inches of rain, and I loved every minute of it. In fact, my commute home today is supposed to be against winds of 60km/h. We shall see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris L View Post
    I have ridden in winds up to 135km/h without any issues at all. In fact, the night I rode in the 135km/h winds (yes, I ride at night as well), we copped 10 inches of rain, and I loved every minute of it. In fact, my commute home today is supposed to be against winds of 60km/h. We shall see.
    Had to have been a tailwind, right? Don't think any of us would be out riding in a headwind like that! Hell, I don't even think I'd get out of bed if the wind was blowing like that. Then again, what do I know? Here in OK, we watch twisters passing overhead for some cheap entertainment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Had to have been a tailwind, right? Don't think any of us would be out riding in a headwind like that!
    Was a headwind on the way out, and a tailwind on the way home. Riding home with the wind and the rain it felt like someone was standing behind me pouring a bucket of water over me. Still, it was in February, so it was either that or unbearable heat. Given the choice I'll take the wind and rain anytime.
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