Living Car Free - Speed Limit
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06-17-05, 11:51 AM
I was on a late night ride yesterday, and I found myself speeding a lot. Mostly on the flats and down hills. Then on the MUP I was doing around 30 mph. I had good like so I could see, and I didn't feel like I was going too fast, but is there a speed limit on MUPs, down here in Madison, WI? Also found myself getting passed like I was stanting still (by cars) in a 25 mph zone when I going 37 mph. Do you slow down to the speed limit, or just push it faster. I think this new Car Free Living forum is great, I think a lot of us (car free) notes are speed a lot more because we can ride a lot faster then those slow roadies.
06-17-05, 11:59 AM
i generally dont pay attention to speed limits. no matter how fast i get going cars will always go faster. i also run stop signs and red lights. i dont understand how you can cycle in the city and not
06-17-05, 12:37 PM
Well, first of all, you are extremely fast. I've never seen anyone going anywhere near that speed on any of the MUPs around here. I rarely ever get passed, and I'm usually not going any faster than 20mph, but I still feel like I'm pushing the limits of safety on some paths. (When it's crowded, I slow down) I don't think I could hit 37mph without a pretty significant hill or wind. So, usually, it's not an issue for me. 25mph is about the fastest I go normally, which is about the lowest speed limit in the city, so that works out nicely. I occasionally go a few mph over the speed limit, but that's about it.
Do you race?
06-17-05, 01:03 PM
You were doing 30 on a MUP trail and didn't feel like you were going too fast? You belong on a crit circuit, not a MUP trail.
06-17-05, 01:43 PM
I've seen some MUPs posted with 15mph limits. Kind a slow for any transportational or fitness riding, but fine for family recreational cycling mixed with walkers, which MUPs are really meant for. I'd stay below 20/25mph on non-posted-limit MUP depending on sight lines, usage patterns, etc.
I don't consider speed limits on roads, except for active school zones with posted 15mph limits, then I stay below 17mph and role model stopping for all peds at x-walks, stop signs, etc. But if it is a regular 20mph posted road, I have no issue with 30mph when I can do it.
06-17-05, 01:43 PM
No I don't race, I don't have time, or know anything about that. I'm use to going that speed because I do a lot of highway miles, like MM. I do go late at night or early in the morring so thats way I can do those speeds safty. During the day I stick to the roads so I can go those speeds. Also my bike is really nice, it's a Marin Novato. I have added a disk brake on the back, a nice rack, Ortlieb Classic panniers, a Bianchi Flite seat, a NiteRider Digital Evolution, ect. Also I am use to pulling a Burley Nomad, that is nomaly overloaded. Then with all of that Times clippless, and then a pair of Nikes ACG (never knew that Nike had good shoes), bibs, and jersey. It help so be a marching band member, and have LOTS of hill, (sidenote: ***&*(*&^%^&^&* hills).
Also why I can put so much $ into the bike is a full ride to college! Ya more bike $!!!
BTW what is crit circuit?
Good Luck, and Thanks,
06-17-05, 02:04 PM
30 mph with panniers and flat handlebars?!? You are a beast! You sure that's not kph?
crit is short for criterium (http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_cn-z.html#criterium)
06-17-05, 02:38 PM
Yes it is mph, and I have the right tire size set into the computer. I am knew for racing my friends, but I use my bike and they use there car. I want to get drop bars but I don't have the money yet, but when I do I'm getting a front disk break, drop bars front rack, the front Ortlieb Classic panniers, Ortlieb front bag, thats about
$900 of parts and labor.
06-17-05, 02:48 PM
Pardon my doubt, no offense intended. It's just that you are way faster than most people I've seen on the paths in the area.
06-17-05, 03:04 PM
You go 37mph on flat city streets?
06-17-05, 03:19 PM
Yes, I have had my doubts too with that little computer, but I have used those police speed cheaker and also my friends cars, when I pull up on the side of them they tell me how fast we are going. If you guys know PB in Fitchburg most of that is really flat or a little downgrade, I can hit those speeds, but only if I take the lane. I don't like using the bike without the painners, I just go way too fast. Also I bike is very well maintanied, and has a lot of upgrades. I have over $3000 tied up into that bike, also just on this bike about 5000 miles. I had a EZ-3 USX, with all the stuff I added it was about 100 pounds, I had 4000 miles on that when the frame broke (2x). Then give me more mussels, also with being in the marching band. In the school year I do about 140 miles a week, in the summer I do about 210 miles a week. Biking is my life, it's fun, no car, and a lot of friends out of the city.
06-17-05, 08:16 PM
I usually follow most laws, stop at red lights and stop signs, etc. But on the rare occasion that I can beat a speed limit on the streets, I generally don't worry too much about it. Speeding in a 15 mph zone wouldn't be much of an accomplisment, but I kind of hope one day I get a ticket for speeding in a 25 mph or 30 mph zone. I'd frame it.
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