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When is a cross-wind too strong to bike?
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Hi All-I've recently started working in Evanston so my daily commute is now straight up Clark from Uptown.  There's a weather statement for this afternoon saying gust of 35-45 mph, and it calls out…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by JimM. Nov 8.

 

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JimM. replied to Kate Katz's discussion When is a cross-wind too strong to bike?
"Thanks Tom! Now if I could just commit the word to long-term memory which I seem to have less and less of these days :("
Nov 8
Tom A.K. replied to Kate Katz's discussion When is a cross-wind too strong to bike?
"Anemometer is the meteorological instrument for measuring wind speed Jim.:-)"
Nov 8
Kate Katz replied to Kate Katz's discussion When is a cross-wind too strong to bike?
"Thanks Jim!"
Nov 8
Tom A.K. replied to Kate Katz's discussion When is a cross-wind too strong to bike?
"Hey Kate! Yes, it's reliable enough for letting me know if and when a high wind day is coming up. It looks like this Saturday evening and Sunday winds will be strong. That other famous Tom (Skilling) is predicting a few inches of snow also,…"
Nov 8
Tricolor replied to Kate Katz's discussion When is a cross-wind too strong to bike?
"And sometimes you are:"
Nov 8
JimM. replied to Kate Katz's discussion When is a cross-wind too strong to bike?
"I use Weather Underground for pretty much real-time wind conditions by the lake. Keep it open in a browser on a second screen at work when I start thinking of making the commute home. "
Nov 8
Kate Katz replied to Kate Katz's discussion When is a cross-wind too strong to bike?
"That's intense!  The only part of my ride that has a vortex affect is Broadway and Lawrence - from about 20 yards south of the intersection the wind really picks up and then swirls when it hits the westerly wind coming down Lawrence. …"
Nov 8
Kate Katz replied to Kate Katz's discussion When is a cross-wind too strong to bike?
"Yeah - I remember Oak Street curve from when I used to work downtown - sometimes feels like you're biking through the lake!"
Nov 8
Kate Katz replied to Kate Katz's discussion When is a cross-wind too strong to bike?
"Thanks Tom! I normally use https://www.windy.com - but not sure how accurate it is this close to the lake.  Do you find iwindsurf reliable?"
Nov 8
Kate Katz replied to Kate Katz's discussion When is a cross-wind too strong to bike?
"Thanks Nora!"
Nov 8
Tom A.K. replied to Kate Katz's discussion When is a cross-wind too strong to bike?
"Kate, maybe you can use this site to be aware of wind conditions in Chicago.  http://www.iwindsurf.com/windandwhere.iws?regionID=142&siteID=1237&Isection=Forecast+Graphs"
Nov 8
David P. replied to Kate Katz's discussion When is a cross-wind too strong to bike?
"That is a solid commute! Mine is from Avondale to Pullman and I nearly always drive these days (sigh) because it saves me a huge amount of time, but when I ride, adverse wind conditions can add 20 minutes to my trip home."
Nov 8
Tricolor replied to Kate Katz's discussion When is a cross-wind too strong to bike?
"Even in the 50-60 mph range from Halloween 2014 you could still stay more or less upright. making progress against it was no fun, though. On the lake the bigger problem is the surf around Oak Street. Other locations depend more on the direction."
Nov 7
Tom A.K. replied to Kate Katz's discussion When is a cross-wind too strong to bike?
"A few years ago on the northwest corner of Milwaukee and Division in the triangle area on a 35mph to 55mph plus gusting windstorm day, this corner turned into a vortexing wind tunnel and pulled my glasses off, lifted my helmet, then pulled me…"
Nov 7
Nora FW replied to Kate Katz's discussion When is a cross-wind too strong to bike?
"Very strong wind will definitely discourage me from riding. Even being on guard I have had a few close calls like the one you mentioned above where I was blown in to the traffic lane by a gust and was lucky there wasn't a car there. You may…"
Nov 7
JimM. replied to Kate Katz's discussion When is a cross-wind too strong to bike?
"Glad you made it home! And yep it was a wild ride at times heading home today for me too. Mostly had a tailwind heading north but those intersections can be gusty. Someday I might switch to a road bike but my commuter keeps me riding more…"
Nov 6

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