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Old 03-01-09, 05:31 PM   #1
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best bike for insane speed

What bike should i get that can rocket up hills and tears up the flats. i wanna be able to absolutely fly with it. I am thinking 25-30 mph range.
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Old 03-01-09, 05:35 PM   #2
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This is the commuting forum. We don't rocket. We steer around crashed rocketers and go home.
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Ooh, I get to be the first to say it! It's not the bike, it's the engine...

There are people on this forum who can pull 25 mph on a loaded bike that's older than I am. There are also those of us who are having a good day if we keep it at 15 mph, and just about everyone has a story about the guy decked out in race club gear on a $5000 carbon bike toodling along the bike path at 10 mph

Nope, not about the bike. Find one that fits you, that's in your price range (maybe 10% higher than you have in mind initially) and that you like to ride. The speed will come later.
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Get the lighest bike with the most aero wheels you can find. Then work up your muscles. Your employer will thank you
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First the engine, then the bike - I'm probably 5mph faster on my cx bike than on my walmart MTB. For maximum speed, I would probably say a tri bike (triathlon/time trial), though i wouldn't recommend one for urban riding.
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Well the bike does matter a lot in my opinion. Although if you really want to go fast, yes, it will mostly be dependent on you. However, get a lightweight road bike with skinny tires to minimize the rolling friction and it will help greatly.

I base this on my recent experience of buying a new bike, and while not having been able to measure my exact speed on it yet (so results may be placebo effect) I feel as though I'm going 25-50% faster than on my old beater bike (in very, very, bad shape mechanically wise). The new bike is a fixed gear "Raleigh Rush Hour" '07 model, but since it's fixed, this bike may not be as good for those hills you're trying to climb.
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What bike should i get that can rocket up hills and tears up the flats. i wanna be able to absolutely fly with it. I am thinking 25-30 mph range.


...In first gear with a light touch on the throttle.
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If you just asked that question then you are obviously not ready for a road rocket or let alone those speeds, 25-30mph is cruising speeds for professional racers.

The biggest factor is the rider, bar none, you can have a $10k bike and still get your butt handed to you by a guy on a $20 thrift store find if you don't have the skill.

Spend some time training and riding.
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Budget?

How much will you carry? This is a big issue. If you need a rack, longer chainstays make sense.

How badly do you need to get to work? This is also a big issue. Fairy dust breaks down a lot. I need something that will get me to work every time, no excuses.
I compromise a little, but not much.

This is a Gunnar Sport.


I added a rack and panniers. Mine has Pasela 32c Folding tires. It is suprisingly quick for a commuter. But it's reliable as well. It will go fast, but it's no racer.
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What bike should i get that can rocket up hills and tears up the flats. i wanna be able to absolutely fly with it. I am thinking 25-30 mph range.
In the recent Tour of California the winner of the time trial averaged just under 30 MPH for the 15 mile distance. The time trial included climbs and descents. On the downhills riders were hitting 40+ MPH. These are true world class riders on time trial specific bikes. Very light areodynamic bikes and ultra fit riders. No drafting allowed in a time trial either.

Riding in the Peloton there is less wind resistance due to drafting and a 100+ mile stage can average over 25 MPH with the sprinters able to hit 40+ on the flat during a sprint finish. Again using very light, and expensive, bikes but rider fitness is the key. They could probably outride the average rider while on a old Schwinn Varsity with the average rider on a top end CF competition bike.

The first key to speed is rider skill and fitness. Then worry about the bike but remember an all out time trial or other competition road bike is not suitable for commuting, touring or other similar use.
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Get a big, heavy steel bike and ride it every day for 2 years, until you can maintain 18 MPH or so with it (I'm no racer, I don't even care how fast I'm going, and I can do that kind of speeds).

THEN go out and get yourself a racer, and you should be fast.

No bike is going to just make you fast. YOU have to be fast, and then you need the bike to enable you to do it.
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I am thinking 25-30 mph range.
Ridiculous speed is faster

So is Ludicrous speed
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What bike should i get that can rocket up hills and tears up the flats. i wanna be able to absolutely fly with it. I am thinking 25-30 mph range.
You should be able to do that on a Walmart bike.
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Ridiculous speed is faster

So is Ludicrous speed
But, no where near as fast as Plaid.............
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But, no where near as fast as Plaid.............
dang you beat me to it!
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There is also a difference between going fast and feeling like you are going fast. If you want to go fast, get a super light road or tt bike. If you want to feel like you are going fast, get a fixed gear.
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... but remember an all out time trial or other competition road bike is not suitable for commuting, touring or other similar use.
Hmmmm? News to me.

Here's my race bike:


And, here's my commuter:


I've been commuting with that bike for 3 years now.
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...In first gear with a light touch on the throttle.
I would go with this (my next bike )

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Me thinks that the OP should pay Pcad a visit down in FOO........
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I routinely do 30+mph on my commuters (geared cx commuter, singlespeed, and cruiser), of course that's on the 2 mile downhill stretch from my house.
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Surly Cross Check. Oh sorry, wrong thread.
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Budget?

How much will you carry? This is a big issue. If you need a rack, longer chainstays make sense.

How badly do you need to get to work? This is also a big issue. Fairy dust breaks down a lot. I need something that will get me to work every time, no excuses.
I compromise a little, but not much.

This is a Gunnar Sport.


I added a rack and panniers. Mine has Pasela 32c Folding tires. It is suprisingly quick for a commuter. But it's reliable as well. It will go fast, but it's no racer.

My Surly CC decked out with fenders, rack with panniers, gps, computer, and coffee mug holder is nimble and spry for me. I manage 20mph on the flats fully loaded with groceries and parcels. Up the hills I'm not that fast.
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Why limit yourself to so little speed

There are some models suitable for playing in traffic.
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