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How much wind can you handle?(20 posts)

How much wind can you handle?Humma Hah
Oct 24, 2001 5:34 PM
... and no, I don't mean the hot air I'm always blowing.

This morning, the forecast for tomorrow was calling for 30 mph winds with gusts to 50. I'm thinking a 30 mph headwind would be pretty difficult to make any headway in, especially on the singlespeed. A 50 mph crosswind gust would probably toss me off the road or into traffic.

I may have to ride a dino-burner to work, for the first time in weeks. Bummer!
re: How much wind can you handle?Velocipedio
Oct 24, 2001 6:13 PM
I've ridden -- slowly -- into a 65 km/h headwind with 75 km/h gusts. I didn't enjoy it and I was cooked after about 20 km. The most I can ride in and still enjoy is about 50 km/h.
re: How much wind can you handle?Dutchy
Oct 24, 2001 6:28 PM
25 knots/30mph is my breaking point for a headwind. If you are riding solo in these winds
it isn't fun. I had ~25 knot wind last week and it took 1hr50min to ride 25 miles.
I felt like throwing the bike into a ditch and walking home. The tailwind was great though
25 miles in 1hr 8min.

were I live it has been windy everyday since AUG 1st, 10-20 knots most days
today's forecast 20-30 knots

I feel better about bailing on a recent century now ...Humma Hah
Oct 24, 2001 6:37 PM
I rode MB1's NSA-OCE century recently, and found myself battling a headwind at about 75 miles. I felt like an old man, grinding along at about 10 mph. I took a shortcut (which turned out to be directly into the wind for about 12 miles), and limped into the finish, tail between my legs.

Afterwards, I heard on the radio that the winds had been about 15-20 mph, gusting to 28. Those gusts were practically stopping me cold. They were like hitting cotton bales.
it's not gona killcyclopathic
Oct 25, 2001 2:57 AM
just make you stronger!

I rode 50mi in headwind (~20-25mph) in Canada no aerobars solo with somewhat 350mi+ in my legs. Needless to say I had to stand on 2% grades, hitting 12mph was unachievable dream. Took me almost 5hr! Coming back was a blast though I made it 2.5hr

heavier you are less you effected by wind I am guessing it's not gonna be as bad for you as it was for me

you might wanna use your geared bike for such occasion good luck
That's All We Get in Amarillo!!!MalandMo
Oct 24, 2001 6:34 PM
Wind is just a way of life here. No hills, but the wind gives us a good workout. It is 20 to 30 mph everyday. It stinks, but with no hills, you take what you can get.
I'm remembering a stockyard on I-40 a little west of there ...Humma Hah
Oct 24, 2001 6:39 PM
... that could offer another dimension in cycling challenge. Sure was hard to breathe for a few miles!
I'm remembering a stockyard on I-40 a little west of there ...Birddog
Oct 24, 2001 6:59 PM
You're probably referring to one of the many "feedlots" that dot the panhandle of Texas. The locals say they smell like money.
I'm remembering a stockyard on I-40 a little west of there ...MalandMo
Oct 25, 2001 8:50 AM
That is in Wilderado. I know it....and the smell..well. When the wind is coming out of the west, you never get away fromthe smell. It greets you several miles before arriving, and then follows you home. Not good.
I love the wind, i love the wind, .......................Largo
Oct 24, 2001 7:26 PM
Bring it on!
In a race, the windier the better, IMHO.
It really demoralizes the smaller guys:)
And at some, you will get a tailwind.
I love the wind, i love the wind, .......................Jon
Oct 24, 2001 7:35 PM
Largo, aren't you one of the survivors of the Pigeon Lake race last spring? You're either nuts
or you've got more muscles than nerve endings in you body!! About 40 - 50km is my max. Anything
over that can get dangerous. I did an interval workout last spring into a headwind. The wind was
so strong that I was in my granny ring on my triple, hammering at 18 kph, with a 90% heart rate.
Go figure. The gusts get so strong that they take you breath away.....I guess I'm one of the guys
the wind demoralizes.
I love the wind, i love the wind, .......................Largo
Oct 25, 2001 5:15 AM
AH yes, Pigeon lake /01. Too bad it didn't snow, that would have made the misery complete.
Nothing like going north on 22 to Cochrane in a group with that nasty side wind. Sketchy!
I love the wind, i love the wind, .......................Jon
Oct 25, 2001 7:56 AM
A buddy of mine rode the Across Canada tour five years ago, and in the process set something of a standard
by never going to his granny ring for the entire tour. But strong as he is, Don said the toughest section of the
entire tour was the leg from Cochrane to Airdrie through those monster hills in the wind! I've driven that route
on ski trips and most times with the wind it looks pretty brutal!
Hate it, but I'll do itmickey-mac
Oct 24, 2001 9:37 PM
I hate riding in wind more than any other weather condition, but you've got to get out there. One day last winter, I was riding in conditions similar to what you're expecting tomorrow. While heading home a hard sidewind from the right caught a big piece of drywall from a construction site and blew it directly into my path. Fortunately, it hit the ground and fell flat just before I ran over it. Wind is a pain in the rear, but it's also a bit exhilerating at times.
That is what tandems are for.MB1
Oct 25, 2001 5:25 AM
This spring on Molokai we saw a telephone pole ripped out of the ground by the winds. Not a nice ride.
and recumbantscyclopathic
Oct 25, 2001 5:31 AM
do you have use for aerobars on tandem?
Some folks use them, not many though. I want to be in goodMB1
Oct 25, 2001 6:09 AM
control if Miss M moves around. A tandem is plenty aero naturally. Now those new 16 spoke Shimano/Santana tandem wheels.....
16 spokes??cyclopathic
Oct 25, 2001 6:57 AM
and I thought 48 spoke is pretty standard!

If I were you I'd get a wheel build with Schmidt hub generator (that is practical at least)
One hurricane was enough, but I'd do it all over againTig
Oct 25, 2001 7:17 AM
In '89 the local club had it's annual century in a little town called Alvin. The ride put you within 10 miles of the Gulf Coast. The storm out in the gulf, "Jerry", became a minimal hurricane sometime in the morning while it was within 100 miles of shore. No one was afraid since it was so far away, but the concerns grew as the winds picked up.

The morning winds were of a great advantage so averages in the mid 20's were common. As the course turned into the increasing winds, the world turned to pain. By the time we were at the 70-mile mark, quartering head winds were gusting to 40 MPH. It took everything my legs had just to keep riding over 10 MPH. Our bikes looked and felt like sails, heeling over to fight the gusts. Only a few drops of rain hit us.

Many (wiser!) riders took the sags back, but a few of us thrived on the challenge. The good ol' man against nature and man against himself themes were like fuel for our cramping legs. We managed to finish with suprisingly decent times thanks to the early averages. The winds stayed in the 40's for the rest of the day. The hurricane never got stronger and didn't amount to much as it hit directly later that evening. I kept my ride number as a memento for "strength and courage in the face of the enemy": the wind! Sometimes facing a big challenge like that brings out the best in us.
Foxy's Fall Centurygrzy
Oct 25, 2001 10:05 AM
Two or three years ago. Awoke to find it howling 30 to 40 mph with higher gusts - would've bailed on the ride, but didn't have the windsurfing gear with me, just the bike and some buddies. So we do the ride - all 100 miles, plus bonus miles when we missed a turn. What should've been a fast 5 hour type of century took well over 8 and was pretty demanding. It was actually some what fun in a sadistic sort of way. Getting blown down wind along farm roads at 35 to 40 mph and having a normal conversation was pretty epic - however dealing with the head and cross winds was fairly grueling. And there was a lot more of the time spent slugging it out. We needed a pace line of fve or six strong guys just to maintain 12 mph. The guys on tri specifc bikes with 650 wheels, cow horn style aerobars, and aero wheels, and steep geometry were hating life as they got blown all over the place. Crashing or getting hit by something is a very real possibility

Would I do it again? It would take some persuasion, but it was certainly an experience to remember. Do it if you want a challenge - skip it if you're not up for the hassle. BTW - people who do Ironman Hawaii have to deal with "Kona winds" during the race - the really cruel part is that the winds typically reverse so it's a headwind both ways for most.

Been sailing and windsurfing in winds to 60 mph and it's a pretty wild ride - you start getting into survival mode.