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meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
edited February 2013 in Commuting chat
Had an exciting ride home last night - at one point doing nearly 40mph on the flat! Wind has been gusting this morning to 100kmh so decided it would be silly to attempt the Kessock Bridge crossing. I felt vindicated this morning as, from my car, I saw a cyclist sheltering (cowering might be a better word) in the lea of one of the main stanchions. I think he'd got 2/3rds of the way across but an odd effect is that the wind is always far worse (probably caused by the hills there) at the last 1/3rd to the north end. Hope the poor guy made it across but he was possibly a bit foolish.

ETA - to give you some idea of the crosswind, my windscreen washers were only wetting the down-wind side of the screen!
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  • Wrath RobWrath Rob Posts: 2,918
    That's a lot of beans you've been eating ;)
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  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    Wrath Rob wrote:
    That's a lot of beans you've been eating ;)

    Glad we got that one out of the way early :wink:

    Judging by the look on his face, the poor cyclist was having that problem himself! :shock: :wink:
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  • rubertoerubertoe Posts: 3,993
    It must have been bad to put you off MRS. I thought it was bad enough for us southern types.
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  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    rubertoe wrote:
    It must have been bad to put you off MRS. I thought it was bad enough for us southern types.

    I just don't enjoy pushing my bike for a kilometer (bridge span) whilst leaning into the wind and trying to stop the bike blowing away. I've tried it a few times and there's just no point.
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  • FoldingJoeFoldingJoe Posts: 1,327
    Puts that video in mind of the guy on the road bike, still clipped into one pedal I think and one foot on the floor, and the wind is blowing his bike sideways.

    Google Fu is weak today as I can't find it.
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  • davieseedaviesee Posts: 6,473
    FoldingJoe wrote:
    Puts that video in mind of the guy on the road bike, still clipped into one pedal I think and one foot on the floor, and the wind is blowing his bike sideways.

    Google Fu is weak today as I can't find it.
    This one at 48 seconds?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8qgjyqibwY
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  • FoldingJoeFoldingJoe Posts: 1,327
    Good work, Daviesee, that's the one. Hilarious!! :)
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  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    Just talking to my daughter - the school buses were cancelled today because of the wind :shock: . That's a "first" - never happened for us in the last 7 years.
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  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    daviesee wrote:
    FoldingJoe wrote:
    Puts that video in mind of the guy on the road bike, still clipped into one pedal I think and one foot on the floor, and the wind is blowing his bike sideways.

    Google Fu is weak today as I can't find it.
    This one at 48 seconds?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8qgjyqibwY

    That's exactly what it feels like on the Kessock Bridge - except one side is a busy dual-carriageway and the other side is a 40m drop into the North Sea :shock: :wink::D
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  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    It's not that I'm expecting to work hard on the way home tonight but I've bought a can of Relentless energy drink and a flapjack to have before I leave.

    Unfortunately the spare pair of underpants and throat lozenges for the other symptoms are not available....
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  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,415
    Funny MRS I saw the forcast yesterday and thought of you. Don't blame you for driving looked horrific.
    I walked to the train station (as normal now) with my huge gym backpack and the wind was twisting me around. I tweaked my hip playing the drums on monday night and it's killing me now.
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  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    Joking aside, I'm getting more than a little worried at the moment.

    Me and a mate have decided to cycle together as we're getting concerned about the heavy winds
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  • Joking aside, I'm getting more than a little worried at the moment.

    Me and a mate have decided to cycle together as we're getting concerned about the heavy winds

    Aw, that's lovely - you can cycle hand-in-hand and everything.
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    Amazing that by the morning it is meant to be mist and freezing temps
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  • Like you MRS I was getting a bit worried about some of the gusts on the way home last night, and having looked at the forecast for this morning I decided not to MTFU.....

    6.30am - horizontal rain battering the house, decide (reluctantly) to take car and have 15min lie-in.
    7.30am - wind drops away substantially, rain stops, sky begins to clear. Too farking late to switch to bike.

    Grrr.
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  • rubertoerubertoe Posts: 3,993
    Its bloody down right dangerous out there this evening, even in the south. The wind would not make up its mind which way it was blowing from!
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  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    The wind hasn't changed up here at all - gusting to 60mph all day. Saw some poor sod pushing his bike across the Kessock Bridge tonight. Collected the wheelie bin from the street tonight and was concerned the wind would blow the 5-bar gate shut against the car :shock:

    Very glad not to be cycling
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  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    Cycle angry is all I can say.

    I had a bombshell dropped on me at work today and I was shaking angry when I got to my bike. Going straight into that wind on the way home I somehow managed a straight 3:00 minute mile and I let off in the middle of it when I realised I'd left my poor mate behind.

    There was a huge gust not far from home that almost brought me to a standstill and I actually screamed at the wind and stood in the saddle to push against it.

    I had a long soak when I got home to calm down.

    and UE - we were cycling down unlit NSL stretches where 38 ton artics go. As a pair we were much more visible than on our own. It was genuinely dangerous on a couple of bits where we both got blown about the carriageway by the cross wind.
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  • rubertoerubertoe Posts: 3,993
    Its still damn windy out there and its getting right on my tits. I dont mind precipitation of any sort, the cold or the heat as I can dress appropriatly, but the wind can fook right off.

    On a better note, I actually see the sun come up this morning, and the sun set on the way home, spring is coming. Yay.
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  • BurndustBurndust Posts: 100
    how about snow and wind...that was my cycle in this morning....makes you fell er alive
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  • rolf_frolf_f Posts: 16,015
    I wouldn't mind so much if I ever got much benefit - but all I do get is horrible haily headwinds on the way home and not really much of a compensation on the way in. It's a bit wrong!
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  • verminvermin Posts: 1,739
    Burndust wrote:
    how about snow and wind...that was my cycle in this morning....makes you fell er alive

    Man up. Hail and (head)wind for me this morning. Didn't make my fella feel very alive.
  • BurndustBurndust Posts: 100
    vermin wrote:
    Burndust wrote:
    how about snow and wind...that was my cycle in this morning....makes you fell er alive

    Man up. Hail and (head)wind for me this morning. Didn't make my fella feel very alive.

    :lol:
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  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,855
    Woken up this morning by a raging hail storm, wind the full nine yards.

    thankfully I wfh on Wednesday :D 8) :lol:
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  • MRS I'm not too far away in the North East, same conditions but done some training on Sunday around 47 miles and around 8 miles around trip to work, going there I'm facing the same weather it's like someone has hold of the bars and twitching them to the sides, lovely hail and snow.

    Bit of hard man training I call it, bloody hell my hands are red raw though and killing even with subzero gloves, weird weather I completely know where you're coming from. I see other cyclists when I drive my daughter to nursery and fear the worst and hope they have the basic skills to stay up right.

    Unfortunately I am far too kind and let my wife drive and cycle more or less everyday so don't really have a choice haha.
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