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How windy is too windy?(21 posts)

How windy is too windy?inallston
Feb 5, 2003 2:28 PM
I was planning to skip work after lunch and go for a ride. The wind in Boston today was a steady 25-30mph and gusts to 40. Not to my liking, so I went back to work. What's too windy for you folks?
any amount of wind is better than work...nmmohair_chair
Feb 5, 2003 2:29 PM
Anything over 15mph.fracisco
Feb 5, 2003 2:41 PM
I should couch that as I don't like wind over 15mph, and a Santa Ana (warm winds that SoCal gets in the Fall/Winter). I don't mind a seabreeze, but a warm offshore wind just does not work for me.
unless your job required...Akirasho
Feb 5, 2003 2:41 PM
that's too windy to ride effectively or with much joy IMOH...

One test round here is whether you can coast down an 8% grade into the wind... if you fail that one... call it a day!

Indeed, one of the slowest TT times I've ever recorded started into a 25 mph headwind... that was sooooooo arrrrgh!!! It was a loop circuit... and despite picking up a tailwind... most folks were sapped... and the final 3 miles were into said again.

Be the bike.
That's pretty damned windyvelocity
Feb 5, 2003 2:46 PM
It's the gusts to 40+ that are killers. I ride to some degree or other pretty much every day but if it's as windy as you're describing my ride would likely be shortened as it isn't much fun and VERY tiring if it's a headwind.
When I can't use my 3.2hrv
Feb 5, 2003 2:57 PM
As in square meters, as in a windsurf sail. Occasional gusts to 50 ok, maybe 60, after that I bag it.

Oh, you meant for biking?! When I'm am stopped dead on long climbs with my 27 cog.

32MPH. I got blown over at a stop light. nmKristin
Feb 5, 2003 3:20 PM
I remember one timePODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 5, 2003 3:20 PM
Calgary is infamous for its west winds. I remember one time I decided to ride out west one day and it was a headwind that I was averaging about just over 20 km/h for 35 km in. Then I come back I'm holding 40-50 with ease and hitting 70 km/h pretty easily on downhills. Till I hit a rock and got a flat and had to get driven the rest of the way back :(

Nick band camp...(nm)merckx56
Feb 5, 2003 3:47 PM
lol good one....nmafrican
Feb 5, 2003 4:10 PM
not sureDougSloan
Feb 5, 2003 3:26 PM
I've had some duesies in the Mohave Desert. Now, if it's a tailwind, I'd say 100 mph would be ok. In any case, as strong steady wind is better than gusting. It's the changes in wind speed/direction that get you.

re: How windy is too windy?carbs
Feb 5, 2003 4:42 PM
When the crossing into me wind started blowing me out into the middle of the road, I quit. The trip back home was pretty fast.
I like the wind.Ken of Fresno
Feb 5, 2003 5:00 PM
But I'm a big guy. It would take more than a little breeze to blow me over, and a gust in the face just gets my tail wagging and makes my nose wet.

Yep, the fun starts when the little 140 lbs guy pops off... nmseyboro
Feb 5, 2003 5:20 PM
Anything gusty or over 15mph...The Walrus
Feb 5, 2003 5:13 PM
I wouldn't mind riding into a headwind if I could count on a tailwind on the return leg, but it never fails--ride 25-30 miles with a headwind, and when I get to the turnaround point, the wind's reversed itself...and started blowing harder.
30 kph and gusting to 40 or 50's my limit. (nm)Jon Billheimer
Feb 5, 2003 5:49 PM
Wind builds character ....MR_GRUMPY
Feb 5, 2003 7:00 PM
I have none.
I hate it. I remember one 65 mile flat road race with 25-30 mph winds. It was not much fun. The finishing section was a tailwind. What fun. 40 mph on the flats for 5 miles. Just like the TDF.
depends on temperaturecyclopathic
Feb 5, 2003 9:11 PM
if below freezing 10mph is enough to freeze toes.
My wife...PsyDoc
Feb 6, 2003 4:58 AM
...who has her degree in exercise physiology always loved to tell me that windy conditions provide a unique training opportunity whenever I would come in from a ride bitch'n about the wind. Then, I had my revenge when I got her into cycling. One day [at band camp :)] the wind really picked up on the way home and sure enough, she started grumbling about the wind and I smiled as I said, "Honey, riding in the wind provides a unique training opportunity" then I retrospect, I probably should have kept my mouth shut.

For me, anything over 20-25mph is a little much.
40 mph gusts scare me in trafficRay Sachs
Feb 6, 2003 5:24 AM
I'll commute in 20-25 mph winds, with gusts up into the low 30s. I don't love it, but I feel like I can control the bike. When the gusts are forecast to hit 40mph, I drive. I've been blown out into traffic enough times in those conditions not to do that on purpose anymore. I was on an mtb tour in Utah once when we got caught in 40-50 mph cross winds coming down a dirt road out of the mountains. Fortunately there was no traffic - riders were blowing all over the place in that stuff.

For rec rides, I like to keep it under 30 mph unless I'm on a tour and have to ride regardless to get to the next night's stop.

re: How windy is too windy?brider
Feb 6, 2003 8:37 AM
Well, I probaly would have made the same choice in your place. I've done events where the wind was a factor. One in TriCities (Washington) where we were on top of a plateau, farming area. The wind kept kicking up and causing dust storms, and if you weren't part of the main pack, you'd totally lose sight of them just 20 yards up the road.

I also did a triathlon in The Dalles where I was in full aero-tuck, pedalling as hasr as I could, downhill, and I was doing 17 mph.

And I did a double metric century once where the wind picked up and it rained to the point where, if a car had been nearby, I would have bailed. Down to 6 mph on flat ground, pushing as hard as I could.