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    Great ride -- personal fastest and slowest speeds

    I had a great ride today -- only 32 miles but some short, steep hills along the way. We have a nice road along the the reservoir in Ft. Collins, and today was the perfect day to ride this route -- blue water, green hills, blue sky and snow-capped mountains in the distance. Perfect.

    The route has the steepest hills I've done, all less than 300 ft. vertical, but with a grade that goes up to 15%. Without a triple I would've been walking. Embarassingly enough, on the steepest hill a runner passed me easily. I think I was going ~4mph. However, on the north end of the reservoir is a long, straight downhill, and I hit my top speed ever -- 51mph. And I think the speed limit through there is 35! I can see it now: "No, officier I don't know how fast I was going, I was kinda busy at the time. Let me check my computer."

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    Pesonal bests are always fun. I love it when I exceed the posted speed limit. It makes me feel so rebel-like. I'm jealous, since it has snowed here in the California Mountains all day. I had hoped to get out for my birthday ride. Maybe tomorrow.

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    51 mph is almost airborne.....sure is nice when one of us "senior members" raises a little hell. 4mph beats 3mph.....and on a 15% grade as long as you're upright consider yourself a climber. You get the Pantani Award for this evening!
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    There's a little mound around here called Cavaleros Hill. I went up it at 3mph. Since I was still breathing at the top, I considered it a draw. A couple hours later, I went down it at 51. It's the only time I ever ran out the cranks.
    I yodel'd all the way to the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmichell
    I had a great ride today -- only 32 miles but some short, steep hills along the way. We have a nice road along the the reservoir in Ft. Collins, and today was the perfect day to ride this route -- blue water, green hills, blue sky and snow-capped mountains in the distance. Perfect.

    The route has the steepest hills I've done, all less than 300 ft. vertical, but with a grade that goes up to 15%. Without a triple I would've been walking. Embarassingly enough, on the steepest hill a runner passed me easily. I think I was going ~4mph. However, on the north end of the reservoir is a long, straight downhill, and I hit my top speed ever -- 51mph. And I think the speed limit through there is 35! I can see it now: "No, officier I don't know how fast I was going, I was kinda busy at the time. Let me check my computer."

    Nick

    Lucky devil- 4mph uphill is fast for us- but these are offroad, 15% and about a mile long. As walkers pass us- which does occasionally happen, we ask them for a push. Normally gets a grin but never assistance. On the top speed- That is fast- Our fastest is 53.8 but that was on a perfectly smooth run that was about 50 ft wide half mile hill and the only problem was a gate halfway down that we had to slow for.

    One of my friends was stopped by the Police for doing 37 in a 30 limit. They asked him if he knew what speed he was doing and when he replied- "I'll look at the computer" they flipped. Bad enough that a bike was going at that speed- but that the rider knew his speed. Big lecture about speed being a danger, bikes being dangerous and unsafe etc. While doing the lecture- a group came past doing a lot more so the Police just said- Forget it and mumbled something about setting up speed traps to catch the miscreants. (Not the word they used but More polite)
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    On the 4 mph........I've walked the bike up a few hills and that's faster than when you're pushing the bike!! Good advice on climbing: As long as you're moving forward you're doing okay!!

    That route sounds like a great loop.......come good grunts and fast descents with great views. It sounds like it has it all and can be done in around 2 hours perhaps????

    Anything over 50 mph is fast!!!

    My fastest speed is almost the same speed......I hit 52 mph last year and was passing motorcycles. I kept asking myself about the condition of the front tire and tring to figure out how many miles it had on it. Too late to be thinking about that then!!!! I don't think I'll hit that again as I have less weight to help gravity out. Unless the new ceramic bearings make that much of a difference!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jppe
    On the 4 mph........I've walked the bike up a few hills and that's faster than when you're pushing the bike!! Good advice on climbing: As long as you're moving forward you're doing okay!!

    That route sounds like a great loop.......come good grunts and fast descents with great views. It sounds like it has it all and can be done in around 2 hours perhaps????

    Anything over 50 mph is fast!!!

    My fastest speed is almost the same speed......I hit 52 mph last year and was passing motorcycles. I kept asking myself about the condition of the front tire and tring to figure out how many miles it had on it. Too late to be thinking about that then!!!! I don't think I'll hit that again as I have less weight to help gravity out. Unless the new ceramic bearings make that much of a difference!!
    It's a really scenic route. It took me about 2 1/4 hours since I'm very slow over the hills, but I finished in good shape. There's a ride here at the end of summer that includes the part along the reservoir (on the right, not the one for mountain goats on the left )

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    On 20% grades I start doing switch-backs if the road is clear, might drop the straightline speed to 2 MPH. Otherwise walk. On a normal bike I reached 45MPH on a fully loaded touring bike (Miyata 1000) coming off of Loveland Pass towards Breckenridge. Thin air at 10,000 ft helps speed. On a faired recumbent hit 70 and nearly got killed going down the Interstate frontage road frontage road into Denver. Mother Cabrini save me.
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    That's a great ride sir!
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    There are a series of hills I sometimes ride, up and down the Brazos river valley out west of Fort Worth. One stretch of 10 miles has about four of these monsters. Takes a minute and half to the bottom and 12-15 minutes to the top of the next. I grind it out on a 28x34 front-rear gearing at 4.5 mph with about 70 spm. One time a friend came along in his truck as I was heading uphill and stopped to let me know that I was only going 4 mph. Not being a cyclist, he didn't understand how proud I was of 4mph as opposed to pushing the loaded touring bike. My highest speed going downhill was 39 mph on my hybrid. I realize that's nothing compared to the roadies, but I was proud of it.

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    Slowest was a ride some years ago when it took a group of us almost 4 hours to go 26 km into a horrendous head wind (prairie boy!) Fastest was on the same road many years later: coming back from a loaded tour - 50 pounds of gear on the bike, at the top of the only hill in our area with a huge tailwind I cranked it up to 55 KPH, at the bottom I had hit 89.6 KPH - my own PB. Took several hours to wipe the smile off my face - walked around carrying my computer and showing it to all who were interested (and quite a few who were not!)

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    51MPH, sweet. I really enjoy the few times I have a great tailwind or on a nice downhill and I can actually pass cars (I know, not always the brightest thing to do, put it does feel great). I noticed the hills this winter got a little tougher than realized I had packed on a few extra lbs to "protect me from the flu season". Once the lbs were shed ( this month) the hills returned to their normal nasty self.

    JCM - yodeling down a hill interesting, I've chortled down a hill, sang Steely Dan down a hill, screamed down a hill, but never yodel'd, will have to give it try tomorrow

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