According to the Met Office, the following descriptions of wind apply. The Met Office does’t mention cycling in these winds, so for the cyclists amongst you, here are a few extra pieces of information.
Light Air (1-5km/hr)
Not a problem for cyclists. We generate more air by talking on the flat and deep breathing when going up those hills.
Light Wind (6-11km/hr)
Refreshing, keeps us cyclists cool and fresh.
Gentle Breeze (12-19km/hr)
Cyclists may not describe this as ‘gentle’ when meeting it head on but we are unlikely to be blown off our bikes by it.
Fresh Wind (29-38km/hr)
‘Fresh’ conjures up nice images, such as ‘fresh as a daisy’, ‘freshly laundered clothes’. The word ‘fresh’ did not enter my mind once when battling up and down hills just to stay upright in a ‘fresh wind’! The words ‘frightening’, ‘ferocious’ and ‘fearsome’ seem more appropriate and I’m sure the ‘f’ word escaped under my breath a few times during Saturday’s cycle, battling a ‘fresh’ wind. High risk of getting blown into ditches, other cyclists or cars. Remind me never to venture out in a ‘fresh’ wind ever again!
The Met Office descriptions go on: Strong Wind (38-49km/hr) etc…… but I read no further. For me, cycling stops at anything more than a gentle breeze by Met Office standards!