LittleGreyCat wrote:I wandered along to ask what was the upper limit people regarded as too windy to go out for a ride.
On the East Coast they are saying around 30 mph gusting to 50 mph for tomorrow. That is too high for me.
For context I was walking in Liverpool on Sunday and I was almost being blown backwards at times. When You are leaning into the wind and pushing just to stay in the same place it doesn't encourage leisure cycling.
Hardcore cyclists presumably go out in anything and just head butt falling trees out of the way.
The prospect of being hit side on by a 50 mph gust is enough to persuade me to leave the bike at home.
It's definately the gusts that do it for me. Riding into a constant strong head-wind is a pain but I don't find it dangerous. A sudden side gust can move your road position quite a bit. If someone in a car is then overtaking and they don't give you much room it's not going to end well. I've ridden today I probably won't tomorrow.
I've known a couple of people blown over at the corner below. It's right next to the sea. As you go into it the wind is blowing form your left and if it's really strong you tend to lean into it. As you start going around the corner the wind bounces off the end wall of the pub on the right and the direction changes really quickly. If you're already leaning it's easy to end up on the ground.