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Old 10-29-08, 07:27 PM   #1
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Arrrrg.... i got gunned

No not shot

No not drunk

Radar gunned. I was riding down a rural road, and i see a figgure step out onto the road in the distance. Then i make out the lime green vest and the fact that he's pointing something at me and i put it all together. I checked the Take-A-Look and there was no traffic behind me. So i tried to put on a show, i stood and sprinted for it. When i passed him he called out "38"... 38?! i had it up to 44kph but i guess he gunned me before i hit that. Kinda funny he gunned me at all, he must've been bored, i left early and the rush wouldn't start for another 1/2 hour. I wonder how many tickets they'll be giving out, that rural road has housing developments just off it and the limit is 60kph. Normally a road like that would be 80kph. Question for any the coppers out there though, is it really necessary to point those things like its a glock? Really? m'eh i shouldn't snipe, it was good to see them out there.
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Old 10-29-08, 07:54 PM   #2
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there's a cop that sits on my //long// route. clockin' people in a 45mph (70kph ish) zone. i hate that part of the ride. it's short, but people around here drive like nascar (redline to red light). every time i'm in that stretch of road, someone is pulled over, or being clocked, and i'm happy for it.

i've seen him clockin' me... and i'm sure he's had a laugh, but i always get a rush (i'll show 'em - PUSH). LOL

it's great he yelled your speed to you. 'would be fun if you two made it a daily event.

38, 40, 50k! ... 35 - you're slacking! LOL
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for a second there i thought you said 38 mph. I was like WHOA BUDDY. YOU CAN FLY!!! then i realized that it was kph.

crazy metric system. what's that, like 10mph... Jk

38 kph= ~24 mph. still not too shabby!
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for a second there i thought you said 38 mph. I was like WHOA BUDDY. YOU CAN FLY!!! then i realized that it was kph.

crazy metric system.
No no, you're quite right the first time, he was going 38 mph. You see in this part of Canada we have an interesting phenomenon where you actually get propelled towards certain directions, it starts at about Red Deer and focuses itself at Commonwealth stadium. If you're heading from anywhere in the greater Edmonton area, the sucking effect it noticeable.
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Old 10-29-08, 10:14 PM   #5
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Man, I've never even seen 38mph. Closest I've gotten is 33 on a slight downhill while pedaling hard.
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Pedal faster, ya slacker!!!
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there was a sign out on the road near my house that measured your speed and posted it. I was feeling pretty good about hitting 30 mph.
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They just put some of those standalone radar signs in near my home. Unfortunately one is on the corner for my turn and the other is just after a turn that I only see on the way out. They also are only active during school hours so I just see the second one after turning on that street and compare it to my speedo (generally 18mph at that one and holding on to not crash, darn bad roads). One of these days I'll turn around in the morning and get a speed run on the second one which is on a flat decent road.
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Old 10-29-08, 11:41 PM   #9
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Pedal faster, ya slacker!!!
+1 Your representin'!
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I have been radar gunned too. 18mph on a loaded MTB
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I wish I had a ticket for speeding on my bike. I would frame it on my wall!

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I would get snippy with the cop and get arrested so I can get a
copy of the mug shot, it would look like this

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On my usual commute home along a fairly fast two lane highway, there's a spot where it slows down to a posted 35mph at a stop sign. Just beyond that is where a guy with a gun usually lurks, trying to get people speeding as they try to beat the light. One time I passed him, I asked "Am I legal?" he grinned, chuckled and said, "So far." I wish it was at the bottom of a decent hill, but unfortunately it's at the top of a long, gradual rise. No way I'll ever get a ticketed there. However, one of the routes home is down a big hill where we've hit 37 on the tandem, so there's hope that we'll get bagged at +2mph and I'll have something to frame someday...
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I got up to 55 - 60 mph a long time ago. I was cycling down the big mountain in Yellowstone when I got bilateral carpal tunnel, and couldn't squeeze the brakes. Each time I took my hands off a brake to shake it out and get the strength back, I ended up 5 mph faster than before. The terain was something like an 15+ mile run of 7+ percent grade, if I remember correctly. I was passing cars on curves on a mountain bike with road slicks and 50 lbs of camping and touring gear. YOu should have seen the looks on the drivers faces. When I figured out what was wrong early on, I thought of bailing off the bike at 25 mph, but was too afraid. At 55 mph, I sure did wish I had jumped off at 25 mph. It was the year after the big fires, and all I could think about was all those logging trucks that would periodically block the roads to clear the burnt trees. I was praying a logging truck or a buffalo wasn't going to be in the road around the next bend.

On the plus side, I made it to Teton national park hours ahead of schedule.
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Old 10-30-08, 07:27 AM   #15
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I did 25MPH in a 20MPH zone past a cop who was running radar. He smiled and nodded at me.

I love this particular road because it's a slight downhill and 20MPH so I just take the lane and ride with traffic. Traffic usually slows me down. Darn cars, always blocking traffic!
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Man, I've never even seen 38mph. Closest I've gotten is 33 on a slight downhill while pedaling hard.
I've seen 38mph and a cop clocked me at it, pulled his gun down and looked at me with an open mouth.
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Man, I've never even seen 38mph. Closest I've gotten is 33 on a slight downhill while pedaling hard.
It's in km. You really need to ride more.
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Sometimes in the morning I will ride through school zones (depending on route) where the limit is 15 mph. I'll kick it up to 17-18 just to see how many cars just HAVE to pass me.
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No no, you're quite right the first time, he was going 38 mph. You see in this part of Canada we have an interesting phenomenon where you actually get propelled towards certain directions, it starts at about Red Deer and focuses itself at Commonwealth stadium. If you're heading from anywhere in the greater Edmonton area, the sucking effect it noticeable.
Go Stamps!
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I got up to 55 - 60 mph a long time ago. I was cycling down the big mountain in Yellowstone when I got bilateral carpal tunnel, and couldn't squeeze the brakes. Each time I took my hands off a brake to shake it out and get the strength back, I ended up 5 mph faster than before. The terain was something like an 15+ mile run of 7+ percent grade, if I remember correctly. I was passing cars on curves on a mountain bike with road slicks and 50 lbs of camping and touring gear. YOu should have seen the looks on the drivers faces. When I figured out what was wrong early on, I thought of bailing off the bike at 25 mph, but was too afraid. At 55 mph, I sure did wish I had jumped off at 25 mph. It was the year after the big fires, and all I could think about was all those logging trucks that would periodically block the roads to clear the burnt trees. I was praying a logging truck or a buffalo wasn't going to be in the road around the next bend.

On the plus side, I made it to Teton national park hours ahead of schedule.
Wow. Just....wow. Great story.
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It's 15 MPH in my subdivision and my neighbor will sit on his porch and yell "slown down mister"
when I ride by on my bike as a joke.
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Man, I've never even seen 38mph. Closest I've gotten is 33 on a slight downhill while pedaling hard.
Oh, neat! Another bragging thread!

I have this nice canyon on my commute that I just barely broke the speed limit (45 mph, about 72 kph). Just once. Normally it's a struggle to break 40 mph. I have a hybrid, so the top gearing isn't all that high, and my clothing isn't all that aerodynamic, so it can be touch. I'll normally hit about 30ish if I just coast, and high 30's when I start pushing. I'm guessing the wind conditions were just right.

A speeding ticket would be fun, but I still have a car and would hate for my insurance to go up, especially given that I don't drive it all that much.
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They just put some of those standalone radar signs in near my home. Unfortunately one is on the corner for my turn and the other is just after a turn that I only see on the way out. They also are only active during school hours so I just see the second one after turning on that street and compare it to my speedo (generally 18mph at that one and holding on to not crash, darn bad roads). One of these days I'll turn around in the morning and get a speed run on the second one which is on a flat decent road.
There's one of those standalones on my route, too. On a slight uphill, so it usually reads 14mph when I trigger it. If a car is coming past, it's pretty typical to see 37 to 40mph on the readout (it's a 35mph zone). One morning a cop was chasing somebody who was just flying down the road. I moved all the way as far right as I could when I saw the sign flick from my 14mph to 78!
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I've never been "gunned"... at least not that I know of. Most of the speed traps I see are where the speed limit is 55mph, so I have no reason to worry.

I have exceeded the speed limit on three occasions, but there were no police around.

I won't talk about top speed for two reasons:
1) Somebody else has gone faster
2) I don't want to brag about how fast I can go downhill
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Hot Potatoe, that is a story worth telling your great grandkids!
Thanks for posting it.
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