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So when do you think it is too windy?

Old 10-08-11, 07:14 PM
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So when do you think it is too windy?

I rode this afternoon in 32 mph wind - not gusts solid wind. Now I HTFU just fine, but this was pretty close to my limit. At one point, due to a massive gust while I was attempting to turn - the wind stopped my turn...twice. Made me laugh.

So when is it too windy for you?
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Old 10-08-11, 07:30 PM
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I would say MAX... 30's with gusts up to 40. any more and I wouldn't go.
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Old 10-08-11, 07:32 PM
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Being relatively light at 120lbs, 25-30 max. Otherwise I get blown into oncoming traffic.
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Well, for me it is not so much the wind only, but when you throw in something else like rain or cold. Yesterday and today are examples. Yesterday, it was black clouds everywhere, 20-25 MPH winds w/gusts into the 30's. I went out to ride just fine only to be encountered by torrential rain 10 min into it on top of all that. Rode for an hr instead of the 2 I had planned, but it felt like 3 hr instead. Today has been torrential rain all day with 25-30 MPH winds and gusts into the mid/high 40's. I stayed home. Too much debri on the roads, flooded streets left and right, and no visibility for drivers to avoid you. Not to mention you can see chit 3 feet in front of you. Tomorrow, the same is expected, but the moment I see it is not going to be raining, I may squeeze a little ride.
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Old 10-08-11, 07:49 PM
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20... i am a wuz.
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Old 10-08-11, 07:58 PM
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First note that official wind speeds are taken by the NWS at the airport, where it's wide open. Speeds in town will be greatly diminished. Out here in wheat country, farmers purposely knock down trees so they can plant fence post to fence post. Leave the city limits here, and the wind is typically howling. This is Kansas. If you're going to ride, you're going to ride in wind. Often big wind.
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i don't really have any sense of actual wind speed...but basically, if it's windy enough that i don't feel safe along the side of the road (feel like i might get blown over into a car), that's when i stop.

really, though, this is when it's too windy (saw it posted in a similar thread a while ago):

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Old 10-08-11, 08:13 PM
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Originally Posted by kbro1986 View Post
I would say MAX... 30's with gusts up to 40. any more and I wouldn't go.
^^^^this^^^^^
My weight= 210 lbs.
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Old 10-08-11, 08:18 PM
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I feel pretty much the same way as the above poster...if I don't feel safe about blowing into traffic, I don't ride. I have no idea where that number is. My past couple of rides have been gusting 15-20.
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I know we like to pretend we're all macho and ride in all weather.....but yeah, low 20's I can handle. Much more than that and I'm not going to bother.
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Originally Posted by climber7 View Post
i don't really have any sense of actual wind speed...but basically, if it's windy enough that i don't feel safe along the side of the road (feel like i might get blown over into a car), that's when i stop.

really, though, this is when it's too windy (saw it posted in a similar thread a while ago):

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wow....his bike is actually blowing away. that's got to be 50-55mph winds.

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Old 10-08-11, 08:27 PM
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It depends on if it's open country as mentioned earlier, or whether it's a head/tail wind vs a cross wind, and the difference between the sustained speed and gusts. Around here in the Twin Cities, it's sheltered enough so I'll go out with gusts up to 50. Anything more than that usually indicates a storm of some sort, and I've been out in a couple too many of those. On a North Dakota ride, we had head/cross winds once of 35 gusting to 55, which would blow us into the oncoming lane. Fortunately, the road was parallel I94 so there was no traffic. The last twelve miles took me two hours in my granny gear. If it'd been a busy road, I'd have sagged.
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Man thats wild!
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Early in the season an organized ride turned windy and I came across a group of riders, some of whom I knew, and we decided to team up to fight the winds back in. Granted we were all novice, we were all pushing pretty good and taking consistent turns.

http://youtu.be/9nbxW7qLOoM

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Old 10-08-11, 08:34 PM
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I'm in the same area as the OP and chose not to ride today. Not only was wind horrendous but the forecast was for rain.

Being on on a 40 mile long peninsula, we usually have wind but today was just too much.
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I'm in the same area as the OP and chose not to ride today. Not only was wind horrendous but the forecast was for rain.

Being on on a 40 mile long peninsula, we usually have wind but today was just too much.
Lol, yes...on a ride down Longboat and Siesta Keys I didn't take that into consideration. I left and was making really good time, the riding was easy and fast. I took it to be the flat terrain and rode a good deal further than I normally would. Turned around and found out that I had a 15MPH tailwind the whole way down the keys...sure did suck getting back to the truck.
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On a ride last Tuesday the wind picked up from 10mph to 20 mph with gust up to 32mph. At first, it was fun since I had a tailwind and moving fast. But after a couple turns latter with some violent cross-winds, I had second thoughts and turned around. On a hill I can normally cost down at 28mph, I had to pedal hard just to reach 16mph and the flats felt like I was climbing hills or in an all out sprint. No thanks, that's just to much work. Call me a wuzz, but I'd rather ride in wind less then 20 and preferably no more the 10mph.
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Originally Posted by climber7 View Post
i don't really have any sense of actual wind speed...but basically, if it's windy enough that i don't feel safe along the side of the road (feel like i might get blown over into a car), that's when i stop.

really, though, this is when it's too windy (saw it posted in a similar thread a while ago):


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i was out that day, as well.

it was bad (beaufort scale 6-7), but not as bad as it looks on the video.
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Yesterday was crazy around here. I didn't ride because I needed a part and had a wedding to go to. I'm actually glad because that would have been a pain. Talked to friends that went out on the normal Saturday rides and they said when you got to the bridge headed to Pass A Grille, the wind damn near knocked them over.
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Old 10-09-11, 05:49 AM
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its blowing pretty hard out now...possible rain...debating canceling...pretty sure i just need coffee and to HTFU
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I'm in prairie country West of Chicago, so wind is always a factor on rides - as we say here, the wind is our hills. I would say around 30 mph is the upper limit (as measured by The Weather Channel), as long as it's a fairly steady wind. When you throw in gusts of 40-50, it's crazy to ride on the road, so we'll switch to protected trails instead, of which we have many miles. I do all routes for our rides and we always head into wind and return with a tail wind. Some of our most epic rides have been heads/tails rides with winds 25-30 mph. There is nothing quite like a 25 mile straight road with that kind of wind at your back. Doing high wind rides in the Spring also toughens you up for the rest of the season. A 15 or 20 mph wind this time of year doesn't even phase me.
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Anything over 60 mph, gusts or steady, and I stay in.
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I've been out in winds over 50mph a few times over the years. In one case, several normally busy roads were closed and practically all of the very few people I encountered on my commute home tried to talk me into accepting a ride. In another case, I had a 60mph tailwind. I was freely spinning in 53/12 with panniers. There's no way I'd consider doing that on a regular basis, and there's a decent possibility I'll never do it again (presuming I get an opportunity).

Even if winds are basically "straight," they still can change in a fraction of a second. Geographic features, structures, etc cause eddies that create surprise blasts. Large trees come down, and flying debris is an issue. You can get tossed 10' sideways just like that, so definitely don't attempt unless the cars are very few and going at a snail's pace. You have to lean really hard if the wind comes from the side, so if it suddenly changes direction, it's very destabilizing.

Even the tailwind is not as cool as it sounds. You get loads of speed, but winds that high are not smooth even when they are straight. Small variations in direction make handling difficult -- certainly harder than a mountain descent because you can't anticipate what is tossing you about.

Highest winds I'd be willing to ride in regularly would be mid 20's. Something in the 30's wouldn't be bad on rare occasion.
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Gusts bother me more than a steady wind. I have a couple of routes through wooded areas I use on windy days. A couple of other routes take me across busy bridges. I avoid those if the wind is gusty.
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Originally Posted by Stannian View Post
Early in the season an organized ride turned windy and I came across a group of riders, some of whom I knew, and we decided to team up to fight the winds back in. Granted we were all novice, we were all pushing pretty good and taking consistent turns.

http://youtu.be/9nbxW7qLOoM
A novice mistake is not taking wind direction into account. On a windy day, regardless of what the "plan" was, you should revise your route to finish with the wind behind you. This is especially important if you are solo. It avoids the dreaded "death march" home.

Or better yet have someone drive you upwind a couple hours
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