Being somewhat new to Wellington I’d heard all about the wind, but until I experienced my first Spring here last year it hadn’t really sunk it just how powerful it is.
After a mild and reasonably settled winter I’ve already forgotten how bad it can be – until Friday last week.
Glancing out my window at the light drizzle I headed for my default commuting option – my trusty Vitus.
It took me all of 2 seconds in the saddle to realise that the bike may not have been the safest choice. My usual breakneck speed down Hawker Street was forcibly reduced to half of the usual kilometres.
Marjoribanks Street was marginally safer, but as I pulled up to the Taranaki Street/Courtenay place intersection I was hit by the full force of sideways gusts and struggled to stay upright as I waited for a green light. All in all it was a wild ride, and not my usual pleasant commute. Given that I’m about to start riding further in the mornings, moving into the windy season worries me slightly.
Well seasoned Wellingtonians – what do you do to stay safe when the gales start blowing – any top tips for staying on top of the bike?