I think we have the same front you're seeing. I've been riding this week and last in sustained 25 to 30 mph winds. Brutal! They're saying today 45 mph gusts. After crosswinds nearly blowing me over in the 25 to 30 mph range, I'm not going out in 45. Today was just gonna be an easy day anyway, so I'm not feeling to bad about skipping.
Most things have some sort of rule of thumb I haven't heard on a bike. I am getting 35mph guts today and that sure ain't happening on a bike where I am cruising maybe 15 or so. I am bummed because this was going to be the first ride after a knee injury that has healed, or at least I hope so. My limit seems to be the 20 to 25 mph range. That high it just isn't fun, and crashing is definitely not my idea of a fun ride.
Well I am going to test it on the trainer instead today.
The good thing about having more ballast is that crosswinds don't affect you as much. Winds were 20-30 mph on Saturday, and the sidewinds were moving me a bit; but I'd do it again. The tailwind stretch was fun!
I ride in 45 mph winds. Before I started riding centuries, I figured wind was to be avoided. After riding several, I learned it's better to learn to ride in all conditons as one never knows what to expect on a ride. HIlls, mountains, wind, cold heat, rain, it's all out there.
Last year, when Phil Keoghan rolled thru town during his MS Ride Across America, there was a part of the ride that we encountered 40-45 crosswinds; they about put me into traffic a few times before I called the ride short. It was strange, because one of the 'war stories' Phil told about the ride was riding across the Southwest, leaning 45degrees into the crosswind! He said they were clocked at about 60.... Had I gotten the opportunity to tell him, I'd have said he brought them with him!
It seems that no matter what the wind direction is it is either a head wind or cross wind. I would ride all day in a tail wind. 25 miles per hour is about my limit unless I get caught in it then continue the ride.
It's been really windy here this week in Las Vegas (heck, it's windy a lot out here
I have never liked cycling in wind blowing over about 10 mph. I would rather ride up a constant 15 mile long hill than ride in constant wind. But then that's just me.
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