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cross wind

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by threefingerjoe, 18 Apr 2008.

  1. threefingerjoe

    threefingerjoe Über Member

    Location:
    St. Louis, MO, USA
    Some of you may be aware of this, but for me it was a new experience. On my return trip from work, today, we had a stiff wind. Most of the way was headwind, with which we are all familiar. My surprise came while fighting a stiff cross wind from my left side on the last mile of my trip. A bus passed me, to my left, (remember in USA we drive on the right side of the road), and suddenly the wind was blocked by the bus! Instantly I felt as if I was being sucked TOWARD the bus! I guess I had been unconsciously adjusting for the wind, and when the wind was suddenly blocked by the bus, I moved right toward it! It's something I guess I need to keep in mind the next time a bus or large lorry is overtaking in a cross wind. I don't like surprises!
     
  2. MERV

    MERV New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road
    Unfortunately I find some of the time that other road vehicles don't take into account of the problems cyclists face.Taking into account adverse weather conditions as well.Like a sudden gust of wind which can cause a sudden wobble.
     
  3. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Yeah, TFJ - headwinds and crosswinds are our enemies for sure.
    Out of interest, do you get many cycle commuters in your part of the world?
     
  4. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    I know exactly what you mean Joe. At least you're finally getting out on the bike now.
     
  5. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    Have you changed your name *again* ?
     
  6. MERV

    MERV New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road
    Sorry Plax i've shortened it.It still means the same.
     
  7. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    That wasn't a nice ride home - mahoosive headwind.....
     
  8. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    I forgive you. It's not an abbreviation of Mervyn then? :ohmy:
     
  9. I got a great drag of a bus tonight on a long straight road, I was expecting it to pull in to a bus stop there's several on this road it never did until the last one. When it did I was hit by strong wind but luckily it was a head wind, I hate cross winds. Slightly further on I went round a bend expecting one, good job I did with a car and a half of space nearly a green estate decided to overtake so close that she almost took my front wheel out. I From the look on her face in her mirror I actually think she thought she'd hit me.
     
  10. MERV

    MERV New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road
    :tongue::ohmy:
     
  11. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    Yep, cross winds are as bad as head winds. I have been pushed sideways across a road by a gusty cross wind, fortunately the on coming driver slowed right down...
     
  12. goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Location:
    Leith, Edinburgh
    ... as he couldn't see past you as you bounced across his bonnet ? ;):biggrin::biggrin: