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Old 07-29-09, 11:51 AM   #1
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Top Speed on your loaded rigs?

So just for fun whats everybody's top speed on their loaded rigs? Pics of comps would be great.
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Old 07-29-09, 11:59 AM   #2
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How many people riding at the top speed on there bikes are going to have a picture? I think they'd have better things to do right then, like hold the F#%* on.
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How many people riding at the top speed on there bikes are going to have a picture? I think they'd have better things to do right then, like hold the F#%* on.
no most bike computers have a maximum speed reading. So if you only use your bike (or a certain computer) for touring show us a picture of your computer.
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Old 07-29-09, 01:00 PM   #4
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My touring partner and I hit 68 km/h down a hill in the Italian Mediterranean Alps on fully loaded rigs (with guitars)
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48 mph from the Alpine Center going west on Trail Ridge Road.
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I once was going 98 mph uphill fully loaded.

Well..... my GPS was interfering with my wireless cycle comp. but that's just a mere detail....
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i hit 60 mph on my roadbike ok that dosen't count, loaded bike top speed 38mph could have went much fasrer ,but the road was wet and i chickened out.
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i hit 60 mph on my roadbike ok that dosen't count, loaded bike top speed 38mph could have went much fasrer ,but the road was wet and i remained smart.
Fixed that for ya
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hah very good i like that.
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I hit 46mph on my mtn bike towing a trailer going down a 12% paved road. It was way to fast for comfort.
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I don't see much reason to go any slower downhill on my loaded touring bike than on my road bike. I would expect that down the same hill in the same conditions, my speed on the two bikes would be the same. The panniers add a bit of wind resistance, but they also add some weight which I find usually increases the downhill speed. The wind resistance might be a larger factor, so it might be that the touring bike just a bit slower. But the touring bike is very stable, so I feel comfortable at pretty good speeds.

These Internet speed "contests" are a bit silly. Nobody should go any faster than they are comfortable with.
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Old 07-29-09, 04:11 PM   #12
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85km/h down a 14%, all with gravity since I spin out around 55-60km/h. Many people break their speed record on that same hill. There are steeper and longer ones around (15-16-19%) but this one is straight as an arrow. Roadies hit over 100km/h on that one.
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Old 07-29-09, 04:32 PM   #13
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Didn't have an electronic cyclometer at the time, but our old mechanical speedometer was pinned at its 50 mph maximum coming down a hill on our fully loaded tandem. Then we came around a corner and saw the bull standing right in the middle of our lane.

We took the rest of the descent at a more sedate pace.
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Old 07-29-09, 07:38 PM   #14
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58MPH; fully loaded tandem; 54x12 spun out; South bound Hwy 1 Oregon coast during Pacific Coast Tour back to Santa Barbara. Long wheel base and strong tailwind made for a pleasant high speed experience for captain and stoker.
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Hit 40.4 mph on my Surly LHT a couple weekends ago. Approximately 80 pounds of gear on the bike. Fun!
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88.8 MPH on a tandem with a troll.
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Old 07-30-09, 01:36 AM   #17
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At the end of June, I hit 73 km/h coming down from the Hope Slide and into Hope, B.C. That was fun. I've had a few other rides of close to that speed.
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My son and I hit 40mph coasting and even using breaks to slow down while fully loaded last weekend. We both had bike computers and had similar max speed readings. It wasn't too scary of a ride down compared to thinking about the ride (walk) back up the next day.

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47mph, though going past 40mph is a common thing on my tours, and I'm pretty sure I've gone past 45mph quite a few times, just not bothered checking. Part of it is the bloody mindedness logic of "if I worked hard to get up that hill, buggered if I'm not going to take advantage of downhill momentum on the way down on the other side...."

I have to say I'm fortunate in that my bike feels rock solid at those speeds.
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Top speed on downhills isn't a statistic I pay much attention to, so I forget the exact speed. I would say it probably is something a bit less than 50 miles per hour (47 or 48 maybe?). I know we were often we were over 40 on the TA. On my latest tour I probably didn't hit 40.
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47.2 mph in August 1983, somewhere in Montana (Livingston sticks in my mind). Coming down from a pass on Interstate 80 / 90, sun setting behind me, wind behind me, no one on the road... I was spinning that crank absolutely as fast as I could.

I'll be putting a couple hundred miles on the same bike this weekend, and I'll do my best to beat that record... but I've been trying for many years, now, and I don't seem to be getting faster.
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Hi,

84 km/h - but only it was steep and I knew the road (cycled up the day before) no bumps no curves.

In general I don't go faster as 50 km/h on a bike (that's enough for me). Unimportant it it is loaded, non loaded, race bike, etc.

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dang you guys have gone fast. i've only gone around 27-28 but i've only done weekend tours in Florida so no hills other than bridges.
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Old 07-30-09, 01:06 PM   #24
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41mph in Missouri on a short but steep hill. I was riding both brakes since there was a bush/tree covered turn at the bottom of the hill and I had no idea what was around the bend. The Burley was rock solid.
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63km/h fully loaded on the sunshine coast of bc. would like to see how I'd do at higher, but I was already pretty white knuckled at that!
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