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What's Your Speed Limit.??

Old 04-29-19, 04:04 PM
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The fastest that I know I have gone is 53 MPH. As long as the road is one I know and it is in good conditions, straight, and there is minimal chance or better yet no chance of cross traffic I am comfortable going as fast as I can.

It also helps if you can block out of your mind the thought of falling or having a front tire puncture, etc. One way of doing that is trying to go as fast as you can. The concentration of effort keeps your mind focused on that and consequently blocks out fear of what could go wrong and its consequences.

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Old 04-29-19, 04:41 PM
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Yep, if you stare at a pothole or a rock long enough, you'll hit it. Look where you want to go, not where you don't want to go.
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Old 04-29-19, 04:48 PM
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I have cracked 55mph coming down to Northstar from the Brockway Summit on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Good times.
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Old 04-29-19, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by General Geoff
I read the post.


It can be done.

{Snipped the video**
Check it out at 3:45 - the guy does a little bunny-hop over the lane markings.

I hit 47 once on a big downhill on my old crit bike. It was a little twitchy, and I never quite got up that high again. On my old mountain bike with slicks, I seem to top out at around 37-38 on a big hill on the way home. I caught myself sitting up and taking my hands off the bar for some reason, then realized just what a bad idea that was.
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Old 04-29-19, 05:44 PM
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Check it out at 3:45 - the guy does a little bunny-hop over the lane markings.
Not the time to have your pedal unclip.
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Old 04-29-19, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by sputniky
Oh, I read it alright. The fear was oozing from my screen in fact.

That's why I commented on it - because it's funny that someone suggesting that "learning how to mountain bike" would help with descending on the road while at the same time providing evidence that they lack basic mountain biking skills.

The photos of the mundane descent were just the topping on the fail cake.
Have you been there? Seen what the hill looks like? Pictures of hills are only 2D representations of a 3D object and they donít often show what you can see in person. They also donít convey the remoteness of the location.

Wait, you think that you would incur legal liability if someone read your "bomb down that hill" and was such a poor rider that they crashed on that little hill? And you would risk losing your house because your blog suggested that folks "bomb down that hill"?
Again, have you been there? 16% grades are steep in anyoneís book.

Wow! I don't know what is worse, your abject paranoia or your lack or understanding of tort law.
Iíve been sued. Have you? Being sued gives you a pretty good understanding of tort law. Itís also not something that I want to experience again.
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Originally Posted by daoswald
I've hit just over 50 a few times. It's pretty easy to hit coming down Little Cottonwood Canyon in Sandy, UT. On a straight and clean road it's not too frightening. On a winding road it takes nerves of steel. And it would be foolish on an uneven surface.
KPH or MPH?
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Old 04-29-19, 06:45 PM
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Originally Posted by gringomojado
KPH or MPH?
50MPH.

It is a lot easier to hit on a bike with slick road tires and drop bars, but I think the continuous 7-11 percent grades descending Little Cottonwood are enough to facilitate someone on any contraption with wheels hitting pretty high speeds if they stay off the brakes.
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Old 04-29-19, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
Have you been there? Seen what the hill looks like? Pictures of hills are only 2D representations of a 3D object and they donít often show what you can see in person. They also donít convey the remoteness of the location.

Again, have you been there? 16% grades are steep in anyoneís book.
I've spent decades taking photos and videos of steep mountain bike trails during rides. The available video confirms what your photos show, how unchallenging that descent is - the mundane descent that forced you off your bike (that's another piece of the puzzle btw) and had you walking instead of riding.

So yes, you aren't someone to lecture "roadies" about the benfits of learning how to ride mountain bikes.

Originally Posted by cyccommute
Iíve been sued. Have you? Being sued gives you a pretty good understanding of tort law. Itís also not something that I want to experience again.
Yes, I have been sued. No, you don't have a good understanding of torts if you are fearful that recommending someone "bomb down that hill" on your obscure, incredibly low traffic, blog thing opens you to liability that will make you lose your house.
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Old 04-30-19, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by BirdsBikeBinocs
So anyways, how fast do you go before you begin to get nervous.?? How fast before you start squeezing the brake lever softly.?? The world wants to know.... Ha.!!
On dry pavement with no real hazards, I have yet to find it. I've topped 40mph a number of times with 45or so being the best. I'm usually looking to up that number and put a fair amount of effort into certain downhills.

On dirt, if it's dry and hard packed, same. Have only gotten 35mph or so, also looking to improve that.

Sketchy dirt, it depends on how loose and how close and trees/rocks/drops-offs are!
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Old 04-30-19, 11:40 AM
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45

45 is my safety limit. I"ve been up to 53mph on my recumbent and 51 on my road bike, but didn't feel safe at those speeds. Heck, at 48mph, I nearly bit it on a decent down Whiteface.
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Old 04-30-19, 11:45 AM
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My max is 70km/h. And even then I won't sit at that speed for very long.
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Old 04-30-19, 12:32 PM
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I don't have a speed limit per se, but on the flat and no wind I try to keep it around 16-17 mph, less on my hybrid. Once I hit 29 mph that I know of, down a short slight grade with a tailwind. We don't have many hills around here, my commute is 12 miles with 750 feet of climbing.
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Old 04-30-19, 04:52 PM
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39.9mph was the fastest I ever achieved on flat land. Didn't feel out of control so I have not experienced a limit on flats or up hills. Descents on the other hand make me nervous at times, especially steep ones. Back end tends to feel really light, like it wants to flip over. I would say anything over 30mph feels too fast for me going downhill.
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Old 05-01-19, 02:28 AM
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Cruising at 45mph no-handed, the bike's very stable. I have to hold my hands behind my back to cheat the wind, though. Otherwise it's like hugging a bear.
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Old 05-01-19, 03:39 AM
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62.5 mph on the old palm springs tram road on a heavy steel '88 bianchi before they installed the guard shack about 15 years ago. i gave myself 10 seconds to go for it and whatever speed i hit, i hit. those 10 seconds seemed like an eternity.
after that, it was sit up, unzip the jersey and brakes time. the road then wasn't the smoothest so the chain came off. these days, i get nervous above 40 mph.

on the flats, the fastest i've gone was 37-38 mph which is just above what i can max out pedalling with current gearing. had a (beyond the usual) ridiculous tailwind blowing me back into-you guessed it-palm springs, ca. it was fun not pedalling.

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Old 05-01-19, 08:27 AM
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Originally Posted by HTupolev
I slow down if I feel like there's a reason to slow down, like high winds or an approaching corner.

Two days ago I did 51mph while drafting a recumbent downhill. The fastest I've ever recorded was about 57mph.
That's crazy. I think I hit about 30 going down a steep hill last season but it was only to see how fast I could go before I pumped the breaks and I was pretty scared at that speed. I guess if you were pushing rather than cruising it would feel different but still, that's highway speeds for some people.
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Old 05-01-19, 09:13 AM
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My wife does not like descending at speed. I would guess 35mph is probably her "do not exceed" speed. I've always thought that a big part of that relates to having lady hands and the corresponding lady hand strength. I have ape hands, so I've never felt like I couldn't squeeze the brakes hard enough to stop.

Zero big descents on my route today, so unless I get in behind a truck or happen into a massive tailwind, I don't expect to see a max speed above 31-32mph.
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I haven’t hit my limit yet. Fastest was 50mph but had to start braking for a rather tight curve.
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Old 05-02-19, 01:09 PM
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I can not reach my limit, however I am guilty of going faster than I should (for the situation)
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Old 05-06-19, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by BirdsBikeBinocs
Title poses a question I've been thinking about lately. Last Fall I rode my Schwinn hybrid down a fairly steep hill on a well maintained road. At 29mph I started to give the bike a little brake. In otherwords, I didn't feel safe going over 29mph on that bike.

I have a new road bike and I've topped it off at like 24mph once. I wanted more but the grade didn't allow it. The new bike feels extremely confident in my hands and I am craving a long hill to see how fast I'll go before braking. It's pretty flat in these parts, western NY. Once the temperature warms I'll be riding more country roads outside of the metro population to see how I handle 30+mph.

So anyways, how fast do you go before you begin to get nervous.?? How fast before you start squeezing the brake lever softly.?? The world wants to know.... Ha.!!

This makes me think of Gilbert going over the wall in the Tour De France last year. Geeeeezum....
I've gone 35, 36, a handful of times. Whenever I get close to 30, I tend to feel: cautious...
I can't go 35 on flat ground and I'm sure I never will be able to.
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Old 05-06-19, 01:26 PM
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Speed limit

40+mph downhill. When my eyes start to water I know I'm in the 40's.
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Old 05-06-19, 01:28 PM
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You +40 mph guys are impressive (or as one poster noted: foolhardy ). I brake to keep it below 35 or so.
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Old 05-06-19, 01:40 PM
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Speed limit?

Top speed is, of course, a very individual thing. About 10 years ago, after reaching 50 mph many times, I was heading down the Santa Fe Ski basin(ave 6 to 7% grade) and was almost hitting 55 mph when the dreaded "wheel wobble"...or "death wobble" set in. (If you've never heard of it...google it. Interestingly I couldn't find a whole lot online,despite the fact that it is a common phenomenon.)I thought, "I'm dead". Somehow managed to gently pump brakes and get back control. My bike at the time was a 2010 Trek Madone 6.9 Pro. Point being, wheel wobble can happen on the best bikes. The general consensus is: Lighten up your grip on the bars, and....if possible, put one of your knees into the top tube. Anyhoo....I have not gone over 35 or so since. At nearly 75(years old) don't feel like pushing my luck.
PS: A good article about this by Mat Brett on roadcc.com

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Old 05-06-19, 01:50 PM
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Only time I have ever gotten that, is by riding with one hand. And even then, it only happens with certain wheels, when combined with certain frames, which I suspect are the main culprit. Never had it happen at high speeds though, I'm sure that's not much fun.
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