I admit I try to avoid riding in heavy winds. But where I live and ride in Sonoma Wine Country, we have seasons where the wind gets heavy and it's days and days of it. It's 15-17 and often higher. I went out and it was blowing pretty hard (19 mph). I was meeting a friend so I couldn't bail even though I'm a chicken and wanted to go back home. :-D The first 9-10 miles was on rollers and it was straight into the wind so it was just a matter of working harder than usual. That I can do. But the second half was through a crosswind and every few minutes, it would kick up and blow across the road. I felt like it was going to knock me over. The downhills were especially scary.
Is there a technique to help me ride in that kind of wind or is it basically hold on for dear life and keep your balance best you can? And just 'cause I'm curious, do y'all have a cut off as to when the winds are just too heavy for you to ride in?