Riding in the Wind

  • be loose on the bars otherwise your body will act as an extension of the bike and have a greater surface area to push against
  • pull in your tummy, stick out your boobs, shoulders back, and hold a good back position. This tightens your inner core muscles to add stability to your body whilst allowing your arms to be held looser
  • tuck your legs against the tank - if they are stuck out from the side of the bike they'll get caught by the wind and flap around more than you would realise which will unsettle the bike
  • consider riding in the centre of the lane instead of in a wheel track to allow room for the bike being pushed around a bit if the wind is very strong and gusty - note! only if the road is dry as you don't want to be riding in the oil slick.
  • avoid sitting in the closest wheel track when next to a caravan, boat or truck as they will also be getting caught by the wind
  • countersteer into the wind if it is constant and from the same direction
  • Above all - RELAX! the bike will correct on its own and the worst thing you can do is tighten up your body if you get stressed or scared. Remember that you signed up for feel of the wind in your hair and this is the fun part? :)