Keeping low reduces the surface area the wind can hit

Keeping low reduces the surface area the wind can hit

 

Riding in strong winds

By MCN -

Riding Skills

 07 December 2011 16:28

The UK is likely to be hit with very strong winds over the next couple of days, with gusts of over 90mph expected in parts of Scotland and Northern England.

Below are a couple of tips to help you ride in strong winds. Obviously, if the winds are too strong and you don't feel confident riding in such conditions, leave the bike at home.

  • Look out for gaps in hedges and gates where the wind is likely to be stronger. Also be aware of objects moving in the wind on your path.

  • If you're riding in a sidewind for a length of time, apply a little pressure to the handlebar closest to the direction the wind is blowing from, (if the wind is blowing from left to right gently push against the left bar).

  • User your legs and bodyweight to keep the bike straight. Keeping your upper body relaxed will help the bike deal with sudden gusts and bumps.

  • Keep your body lower than you normally would to reduce the surface that the wind can hit.