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View Poll Results: How Fast on a bent?
20 - 30 mph (32-48 kph) 37 28.46%
30 - 40 mph (48-64 kph) 35 26.92%
40 - 50 mph (64-80 kph) 34 26.15%
50+ mph (80 kph) 24 18.46%
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Old 09-27-04, 07:21 AM   #1
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How fast do you go?

What is fastest speed that you guys have ridden on bent? Battle Mountain guys welcome.
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Old 09-27-04, 08:19 AM   #2
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It gets a little scary over 30 mph, but I've been there.
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Old 09-27-04, 12:20 PM   #3
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I've been up to 30 on my 'bent. Felt solid and stable. doing 30 on my road bike scares the crap out of me. On descents I try to keep things on thre conservative side.

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Old 09-27-04, 04:43 PM   #4
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Topped out at 26 mph yesterday coming down a hill. Never been up that fast. It was a little scary.
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Old 09-27-04, 05:49 PM   #5
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I've seen thirty on WW TT. Let's just say it is very exciting. Works fine, but if I had to grab the brakes suddenly, THEN we'd be past exciting.

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Old 09-28-04, 05:04 PM   #6
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48 mph riding a Organic Engines Troika tandem trike WEEEEEEEEEEE!
51 mph on a Rans Screamer WEEEEEEEEE!
Stoker: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Yea...it was downhill
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Old 09-28-04, 08:37 PM   #7
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On BRAT last week ( the bike ride around Tennessee ) I hit 48.6 mph and held the speed for over 4 minutes on a long descent. My riding partner hit 53mph on the same hill........ I touched the brakes a few more times than he did. I think that if we had not touched the brakes at all, it would have been closer to 60mph coming off the Cumberland Plateau. Our climbing speed on the 5 mile climbs were between 6 mph and 10 mph, while the roadies did anywhere from less than 6mph to around 13mph. It depended on the engine pushing the pedals up the hill. Regardless, my lowracer partner and myself were usually next to the last ones to leave camp every day and still get to the new campsite within the top 10% of all riders. Every day we generally had a 2-3 mph advantage over all the uprights for an average speed.
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Old 09-28-04, 10:23 PM   #8
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42mph on a RANS V2. Pretty exhilarating. It's a hill in my neighborhood.

I could have possibly hit 50 but my mortality governor kicked in.

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Old 09-29-04, 08:23 PM   #9
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I've had my Greenspeed GT3 up to 29 mpn. I'm pretty new to this so I may get it to go faster... then again I may get smarter.
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Old 09-29-04, 08:46 PM   #10
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Downhill at 44 mph on my EZ Sport. Got a little concerned about my faring but it handled it well.
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Old 10-01-04, 10:46 PM   #11
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32 MPH on the EZ-1 SC (Yes, downhill...). WOW! I have done it a couple of times. Each time I do it I get just a little braver...or should I say comfortable.
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Old 10-02-04, 10:40 AM   #12
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I've had my EZ Sport for four weeks now. I have done 28 down a short hill and felt very comfortable. However, I was wondering what the average most of you do overall. I am slower than I was on my df but much happier. I am sure my legs will adapt and in time I will go faster. I never was real fast on the df, to say the least. Regardless, riding without the shoulder and back pain is so nice, I will trade any speed for the comfort and ability to see the country around me.
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Rode a GRR BTC (colorado) with body stocking three different years. at top of most passes hit 65 MPH before braking for the switch back. blew by DF bikes like passing grandma on the bike trail. after the top switch backs maintained 45 MPH for quite some miles. DF guys passing me uphill asked "how does that thing climb" my answer "like dragging a box of rocks" Tough ride only about 10 recumbents 1600 DF riders.
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51 mph going down Monitor Pass.
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I was at 39mph shortly after I got the bike. Had a tailwind and was going downhill. Could have gotten 40 but I kind of "Woosed out" not being all that familiar with the new Linear. It was handling very good though.
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I've had my EZ Sport for four weeks now. I have done 28 down a short hill and felt very comfortable. However, I was wondering what the average most of you do overall. I am slower than I was on my df but much happier. I am sure my legs will adapt and in time I will go faster. I never was real fast on the df, to say the least. Regardless, riding without the shoulder and back pain is so nice, I will trade any speed for the comfort and ability to see the country around me.
When I first got my EZ Sport I was averaged about 1 mph less. But in time I've actually become faster. I found that training my muscles took about as long as on my DF.
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Old 10-11-04, 06:11 PM   #17
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Had my Rocket up to 45mph the first week I had it. Before I got my rocket a freind and I were riding an easy racer tandem and cranked her up to 47.8 If we had more gear we would have done 50 worst part was we had to stop at a red light at the bottom of the hill. Just a small rolling hill in se PA pretty steep though I think we kept it about 3.5MPH on the way up.
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Old 10-11-04, 06:37 PM   #18
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Don't you hate that about riding downhill. I mean that's when they decide to put the stupid stop light/sign. Just when your at max steep you've gotta stop.
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Fastest speed was 36. Run out of gears at about 30 becasue these old legs just can't go around any faster. Why do they always put the stop signs on the bottom of the best hills!!!!
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42mph on a RANS V2. Pretty exhilarating. It's a hill in my neighborhood.

I could have possibly hit 50 but my mortality governor kicked in.

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Good one.

So far, my best is 46.5mph. That's on a descent less than two miles from home.
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Old 11-11-04, 11:38 PM   #21
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Topped out once on my RANS V-2 at just over 53mph...WOW! Coming down a hill not far from where I live, with one of my wedgie-riding friends tucked in behind (wheelsucker!) Would have been even faster had we not had to feather the brakes 'cause a farm truck edged out from a side road, making us a little nervous...most of the time, my top speeds are between 40 - 50 mph. Of course, we're talking downhill :-)
Just in the process of getting a RANS Force 5, and on my test ride today, broke 40mph without really trying. Man, 'bents do rule, don't they?
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Old 11-20-04, 10:43 PM   #22
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62.8 mph on a single speed chopper with no brakes going down a hill, it only hurt when I put my feet down to stop, at least I was actually wearing a helmet this time.(rare for me to wear a helmet)
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Downhill, I start easing on the brakes when the bent insists on exceeding 45 miles per hour. Damn the aerodynamics, I've a wife and child to think about!
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bentrox, just once. Get out early one Saturday morning and let it rip!!!
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I purchased the frankenstien streamliner and got up to 50 mph at battle mountain(flat ground). It was my first try at the five mile run. I will never forget that experience. I'm building a varna clone out of carbon fiber at the moment we will see if I can do better. I witnessed Sam whittinghams worlds record from five feet away(81.5mph on flat ground). I averaged 26mph in an hour race at helyer velodrome. Fastest sprint on an upright bike was 38.8 mph on flat ground. Down a hill I have gone 65mph on a mountain bike. 55 mph on a road bike and would have gone faster but a car got in the way.

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