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How much wind is too much? (Very windy this week around here)

Old 10-16-12, 01:55 PM
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When hurrican Isaac hit landfall the very next day i bike to work got there in about 30 minutes. On the way home now that was a different story! i got home in about a hour and half and had to take the rest of the week off lol.

Wind is in the eye of the beholder.
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Old 10-16-12, 02:25 PM
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Just noticed that a 'Fire Weather Watch' has been issued for my area, so I checked the Accuweather powered ForecastFox extension... wind is out of the South at 18mph. Looks like I'm walking to the store.
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Old 10-16-12, 05:27 PM
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We have small craft advisories here, and I think they should apply to us some days.
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Old 10-16-12, 08:32 PM
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I commute in Oklahoma City, which top 25 windiest cities in the US. We usually have a prevailing south wind, which means an easy 14 mile morning commute and a good workout on my 14 mile evening commute. I quit enjoying my ride when the headwind has a sustained speed above 25 mph. I'll usually gear down and spin. I have very comfortable drop handlebars on my commuter bike. I frequently ride most of my evening commute in the drops, to get out of the wind as much as possible.
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Old 10-16-12, 10:53 PM
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Here in Indiana we get wind all the time. Right now seems to be the windy season. last weekend I rode in with 15-20 mph headwinds. Once at work the winds changed direction and I was in a crosswind at 25-40 mph and gust that blew my front tire around. I don't like the wind but what can you do. This kind of wind is seasonal there is a 5-10 mph wind all the time here.
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Old 10-17-12, 03:52 AM
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I ride in typhoon winds going uphills 26 mile round trip...thanks Okinawa. I just see it as training, and usually once you start after your warmed up and done panting its not so bad.

Just have to be careful and take up more of the lane if you can, that gust will blow you around.
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Old 10-17-12, 06:54 AM
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If I let a headwind bother me I wouldn't ride all winter. I would probably drive if there were more than 30 MPH winds predicted, but 10 or 20 I just ride.
8 to 10 MPH is kind of normal around here, and it's always a headwind on the way home. I don't get a tailwind on the way in because there is rarely wind in the morning, it picks up in the afternoon.
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Old 10-17-12, 06:59 AM
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Wind forecast for Oklahoma today has North winds sustained at 25 to 35mph with gusts over 40. Should be an interesting ride home this evening.
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Old 10-17-12, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by sternzeit View Post
Wind forecast for Oklahoma today has North winds sustained at 25 to 35mph with gusts over 40. Should be an interesting ride home this evening.
My evening commute was a breeze!

For me, today was a round trip tailwind day. The midday wind shift in Okla. City worked to my advantage. Nothing beats cruising at 20-25 mph without breaking a sweat!
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Old 10-17-12, 05:51 PM
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The wind for this afternoon's ride home was 60 gusting to 80kph (37-50mph). The few unsheltered spots had my speed down to 12kph, but for most of the ride I was doing around 17kph. I got pushed around a lot, but did my best to keep the pace slow and steady.
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I didn't realize how challenging a 15-20 mph headwind would be until this afternoon.
It felt like the whole trip was up hill.
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Old 10-17-12, 08:18 PM
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I had the pleasure of a 20mph headwind on the way home tonight which was causing the driving rain coupled with it to sting a bit.
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Old 10-17-12, 09:33 PM
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On Cycle Oregon 2009, day 1 we hit 31 knot (1 knot = 1.15mph) headwinds. I had to pedal to do downhill.

It's only too windy if you are being blown backwards uphill while still pedaling.
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Old 10-18-12, 01:12 AM
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None. When Isaac hit there were 35mph headwinds (I believe) which was crazy. I tried to 'hunker' down in the drops to make myself more aerodynamic but it didn't help. Some gusts were so strong that it pushed me. Often times I get trolled. I figure that I'd ride in to the headwinds, and on my way back I'd get tailwinds to push me.. but no.. it switches directions so I ride back in headwinds as well.
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Old 10-18-12, 02:52 AM
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Originally Posted by dramiscram View Post

For you how much wind is too much?
Usually 35MPH winds are where I consider taking the bus in to work instead. I ride a heavy old converted MTB for my commuter, with a fairly upright posture on some "W" shaped bars and a very high stem. Most days I can get away with my 18L Zimbale saddlebag so my luggage's wind resistance isn't too bad. I try and ferry in several days worth of clothes in my Ortliebs on the front rack on the least windy days of the forecast. The good news is with all the hills around here much of my commute is partly sheltered.
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Old 10-18-12, 09:55 AM
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Only once it was too strong, blown over in a snow bank. Drop bars help some, at 6'4" and 235 lbs, I'm not what you would call aerodynamic. Headwind is like a hill without a soul. Just gear down and suffer.
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Old 10-18-12, 10:19 AM
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Headwind is like a hill without a soul. Just gear down and suffer.
That's very well said!
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Old 10-18-12, 10:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
Only once it was too strong, blown over in a snow bank. Drop bars help some, at 6'4" and 235 lbs, I'm not what you would call aerodynamic. Headwind is like a hill without a soul. Just gear down and suffer.
That is an awesome way to say it. I tend to look at headwinds that way as well. Treat them like a hill and just gruel it out. 9 it es out of 10 my ride home is with a headwind in one direction then a cross wind in another direction, I head North then West on my ride home. Not sure if it is because I wore myself out kicking into the headwind but I tend to be more tired in the crossing leg.

Check my sig and you'll know what I think of winds.
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Old 10-28-12, 10:13 PM
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Originally Posted by dramiscram View Post
For you how much wind is too much? Am I too soft?
I'd say it's a function of wind times time.

My commute home is in to 25-ish MPH winds, with the last mile or two on a gradually steepening incline. Like you, my commute home takes about 20 mins longer than my commute to work (or 65 to 70 mins vs 40 to 45 mins).

In comparison, I rode the Davis Livestrong this summer - 65 miles, mostly flat, with a near consistent 15 MPH headwind (I'm guessing), regardless of what directing I was riding (which was irritating) which took about 5 hours.

So, with the Livestrong ride, the fact that I had to ride 5 to 6 times longer, made it almost too much, even though it was lighter winds that what I'm accustomed to on a daily basis.
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Old 10-28-12, 10:57 PM
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Originally Posted by dramiscram View Post
I'm wondering if I'm getting soft. We've had 15-20 mph SW wind (20-30 km/h) this week(with gust of wind up to 45-50 mph), This mean a big tailwind for me in the morning but a big headwind on the way back home at night. I take almost 20 min. more to cover the same distance on my way home. I can deal with rain, snow, hot and cold but the wind is affecting me a lot. I go 2/3 of my 54kms RT commute on a rural road along the Yamaska river, surrounded by soya fields so nothing there to break the wind.

For you how much wind is too much? Am I too soft?
Actually, I'm more concerned with crosswinds. They can be a royal PITA to deal with.
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Old 10-31-12, 02:07 PM
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As long as it doesn't cross the line into dangerous I'm fine with wind. Builds character. I live on the western edge of Seattle. There's always wind of one kind or another coming off Puget Sound.

Just get in the drops and slog through.
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Old 10-31-12, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by marqueemoon View Post
Builds character.
Just get in the drops and slog through.
Yeah, right...
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Old 10-31-12, 03:25 PM
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Yes, really. With wind there is certainly a line between annoying and outright dangerous, but there isn't anything you can DO about it. The choice is ride or don't ride, and if you choose to ride the best thing you can do is not make your bike and body a sail. This is a major reason drop bars exist. In addition to presenting less of your body to the wind you move your center of gravity lower for more stability and have the most powerful position for braking in the event things take a more dangerous turn.
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Old 10-31-12, 03:48 PM
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I think we had a bit too much wind in NYC this week...
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30-40mph headwinds and crosswinds make it a real struggle to keep the bike in a straight line and nearly impossible to gain any kind speed or distance, that is when I call it quits. I'll still ride, but not too far.
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