Windy bike rides

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by NickNick, 11 Oct 2017.

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  1. NickNick

    NickNick Well-Known Member

    I'm hating the windy weather at the moment, its either giving me jolts of Adrenalin I could do without when a sideways gust catches my front wheel, or the headwinds are making flat rides feel like I'm battling hills!

    Any advise for riding in the wind, or is it just a case of getting used to it?
     
  2. Will Spin

    Will Spin Senior Member

    I check the forecast, if it's saying more than 40 mph gusts then I don't go out. Otherwise look out for sudden ends of obvious windbreaks, eg walls and hedges, gaps in buildings etc.
     
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  3. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Plan routes based on wind direction

    Fact of life in autumn and winter, so best get used to it...or emigrate to the Southern Hemisphere for a bit
     
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    NickNick Well-Known Member

    How do you go about doing so? Are there any specific websites/apps worth using? I'd assumed that wind direction would be even less predictable than rain.
     
  5. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    I think @jefmcg knows a site
     
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  6. lazyfatgit

    lazyfatgit Guest

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    Lawrence, NSW
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    Will Spin Senior Member

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    NickNick Well-Known Member

    That looks amazingly useful!
     
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    NickNick Well-Known Member

    I'm sure you're right, its just one of those unsubstantiated gut feel assumptions I made and never really looked into.
     
  10. lazyfatgit

    lazyfatgit Guest

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    Lawrence, NSW
    Some of the features are only available with a subscription, but the free stuff is pretty good
     
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  12. Rooster1

    Rooster1 I was right about that saddle

    Gusty rides are quite demoralizing. I just survived a 15 mile blust fest. All i can say is don't let it beat you.
     
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  13. (i'm not an meteorologist, but) I think wind direction is a fundamental part of weather forecast. Air moves from areas of higher to lower pressure, causing wind and taking the clouds along with it. Whether rain comes would depend on how far the clouds move and in what direction, and if the conditions are such that the clouds drop rain. Get any of those things a little wrong, and your rain forecast would be wrong, but your wind forecast would still be 98% accurate.
     
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    NickNick Well-Known Member

    That would make sense!
     
  15. MichaelW2

    MichaelW2 Veteran

    If wind is constant from one direction, head out into the wind for fitness and fun rides. Returning into a headwind is not fun.
     
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