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Old 02-20-11, 09:00 PM   #1
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50 mph descent video

Man today was a great day Here's the fastest descent I've ever done in my life. This was my first time DOWN this hill. I've climbed it several times, but never got around to descending it until today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNQ6Jk6aNic

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Old 02-20-11, 09:08 PM   #2
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How can you climb it multiple times without descending?
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Old 02-20-11, 09:14 PM   #3
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"Gravity!!! I am in you!!!"

Awesome vid! I loved the exuberant "woo hoo!". Soo fun looking!
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How can you climb it multiple times without descending?
Maybe went down the other side?

And all I can say is friggin' amazing! I was all over the brakes coming down a tiny hill today!
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Old 02-20-11, 09:21 PM   #5
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How can you climb it multiple times without descending?
I meant that I had climbed it several times in several different past rides. Sorry about that

In the past rides I took a different route for the descent.
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Did you come to a complete stop at the stop sign?
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Old 02-20-11, 09:40 PM   #7
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Did you come to a complete stop at the stop sign?
What do you think?

I pleadz the fifth
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Nice. I liked the excitement at the end. I let out a wha hooo myself
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Excellent video film!

You really should use your bell to alert other riders when you are overtaking.
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Excellent video film!

You really should use your bell to alert other riders when you are overtaking.
What bell?

I have bells on all my bikes except my road bike and my 1982 vintage Dahon Da Bike folder.

I actually talked to that rider at the top of the hill before we all started our descents. I told him I would be recording video, and that I wanted to see if I would hit 50 mph.

I also have a feeling a bell may be ineffective with all the wind noise at those speeds. Of course, if you were joking please disregard this post
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Wow - that is a FAST descent. I hit 47 yrs old this weekend and I dont know if getting older makes a person more "panic-stricken" or more experienced as to what can go wrong. I pull my brakes on 90% of descents and rarely go over 20mph. I just dont have confidence in the foam "helmet" that is supposed to keep my brain matter in place if one if the $6 tubes blows on a high-speed descent.

Last week, I was pumping up a brand-new tube on the driveway and as I hit 7 BAR a sound similar to a gunshot rang out and the tube shattered - faulty tube. Now what if I was descending down a big hill and.....

Please be careful - hate to sound like an old f@rt but sometimes you can make your own luck.
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Pretty cool!
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Wow - that is a FAST descent. I hit 47 yrs old this weekend and I dont know if getting older makes a person more "panic-stricken" or more experienced as to what can go wrong. I pull my brakes on 90% of descents and rarely go over 20mph. I just dont have confidence in the foam "helmet" that is supposed to keep my brain matter in place if one if the $6 tubes blows on a high-speed descent.

Last week, I was pumping up a brand-new tube on the driveway and as I hit 7 BAR a sound similar to a gunshot rang out and the tube shattered - faulty tube. Now what if I was descending down a big hill and.....

Please be careful - hate to sound like an old f@rt but sometimes you can make your own luck.
Yeah, I do think about what could go wrong. I did touch the brakes on the last turn before the final straightaway. I also inspect my tires thoroughly before these types of rides. This kind of speed is a first for me, as usually I top out in the 40s somewhere, and only on smooth roads like this one.

This is also why I won't climb in wet conditions. I do like to carry some speed down a hill, and there's no way I could safely do that in the rain.
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Good procedures!

I think Im just an old f@rt. I remember laughing at my dad as he lectured me on the 3 out of 4 bald tires on my mini cooper. Luck rides with the young

Very cool video ...i should post my climatic "21 mph descent" with wobbly front wheel
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Good procedures!

I think Im just an old f@rt. I remember laughing at my dad as he lectured me on the 3 out of 4 bald tires on my mini cooper. Luck rides with the young

Very cool video ...i should post my climatic "21 mph descent" with wobbly front wheel


The scary thing is, I ain't young anymore, except at heart. I'll be 44 in 4 days. I'm trying to beat the aging clock
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That looks like an amazing road.
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You've got stronger nerves that me!
My fingers were just twitching to put on the brakes while I watched the video.
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Great video! Where in Northern California can you find a road anymore that looks that good? The roads in San Benito County are all falling apart.

What's the grade on that hill? Takes a pretty good grade to hit 50 mph on a single. Looks like a great 55+ mph road for the tandem.
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Wish I had a road like that. The fastest I've ever descended was a little over 35, on a narrow 2-lane country highway with crappy pavement, and I was scared out of my mind.
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That looks lie a great place to ride, great vid. But where's the music?
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Great video! Where in Northern California can you find a road anymore that looks that good? The roads in San Benito County are all falling apart.

What's the grade on that hill? Takes a pretty good grade to hit 50 mph on a single. Looks like a great 55+ mph road for the tandem.
This is in El Dorado Hills, which is a wealthy area. I'm guessing they have pretty high homeowner's association fees to pay for the pristine pavement.

The max grade on that road is 16%. When I climb it I notice a lot of prolonged stretches of 12% too, so needless to say it never gets any easier.

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That looks lie a great place to ride, great vid. But where's the music?
It's in the beginning of the climb video
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WOW! That looked like a lot of fun, thanks for posting!
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Nice! Unleashing going down the hill is a great reward for climbing up it. Looked fun to me!
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Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Descending at 50MPH, heck if I tried that, I think my spouse would be calling the guys with the white coats to haul me off to the place with a Styrofoam wallpaper. My best descent was 48km/h or just over 29MPH, my brain was saying, give it another 2km/h and the front wheel would probably explode, leaving me Wile E Coyote.
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Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Descending at 50MPH, heck if I tried that, I think my spouse would be calling the guys with the white coats to haul me off to the place with a Styrofoam wallpaper. My best descent was 48km/h or just over 29MPH, my brain was saying, give it another 2km/h and the front wheel would probably explode, leaving me Wile E Coyote.


I seem to be getting more ballsy the longer I do these climbing rides. I don't plan on making these speeds a habit though. It's like playing Russian Roulette. Eventually something bad will happen. That said, on all the other descents my speeds range from the 20s to just above 40.
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