Originally Posted by ChrisGK
I've heard of a technique where you use your upwind leg as a "sail" when riding in a cross wind.
Basically, if you've got a crosswind coming from the left side of your bike you hang the right knee out into the oncoming airflow/slipstream (caused by your forward movement) creating more drag on the right side. This supposedly aids you in keeping the bike more upright as opposed to having to lean into the wind coming from the left.
Haven't had the chance to try it out myself. Thoughts and opinions welcome?
You've got the right idea using the up wind leg, but you accidentally said it backwards.
If the wind is from the left, the bike will be blown over to the right.
The upwind leg would be the left one and it would drag on the left side and tend to lean it towards the left and the wind which would be what you want.
Using the right leg would increase the lean to the right or downwind side.
Good tip - thanks
There's another force that is working in our favor to keep the bike upright and steady and may help resist the effect of a crosswind. Both spinning wheels have a gyroscoptic effect which lends to stability.
It is most observed when the front or both wheels are off the ground and should you turn the handle bar to one side or the other rapidly, gyroscoptic forces would tend to return the wheel to midline.
Dont ask me how I know.