I got kind of caught out the other day. I cycled to North Berwick as I do on a regular basis and had a really good run. I called a friend around mid day and he decided to come with me. Our intention was to cycle out there and get a train home. We had a really good run because we had a strong tail wind blowing up down there.
When we got to North Berwick we discovered we had just missed a train and there wasn’t another one for an hour. Not wanting to hang around North Berwick for an hour we decided we would just cycle home.
Its only when you turn around and start cycling into the wind, you discover how strong the wind is. Wind makes a massive difference to ride as a journey on the wind can’t feel half the length as the same jouney into the wind. We cycle back up as far as Longniddry and got the next train there.
It is important to know the wind direction before you set off and plan your cycle ride accordingly. I have the option of the train back from the east coast, but if you didn;t have a train nearby, it is important not to get caught out because cycling back into a headwind can make it a long way home. Always plan to cycling out into the wind, so that the wind is behind you on the way home. If the wind is coming from the west , start your ride by going west into the wind and coming home on the wind.
I have a favorites tool bar at the top of my web brouser and one of my buttons on the tool bar takes me straight to the Met office local forcast. The first thing I look at is the wind, how strong itsn going to be and what direction its blowing in. This is, for me, the most important weather factor and knowing that enable me to plan my ride accordingly. I can cope with a little bit of rain if I have to, but knowing the wind is the most important thing.