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Old 08-19-07, 03:43 PM
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Tour De France speeds?

How fast are they going? MPH? For how long?
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Old 08-19-07, 04:11 PM
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The entire tour averaged 40kph. Keep in mind this includes all the mountain stages. So basically very ****ing fast.
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Old 08-19-07, 04:14 PM
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That's 25 mph.. I can go 30 mph on my bike... Sustained on flats. I average 14.5 max while commuting. But when I hit a flat road that isn't a side walk I go 30 on my large cog.
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Old 08-20-07, 09:48 AM
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Really!? Should I be the one who says it first!?

That's an average speed over the ENTIRE race, you know.

I suggest investing in a good bike computer, else I expect to see you in Greenville at the National Time Trials. 30 mph? That's a 0:49:35.9 40k time.
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Old 08-20-07, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by dadogg View Post
That's 25 mph.. I can go 30 mph on my bike... Sustained on flats. I average 14.5 max while commuting. But when I hit a flat road that isn't a side walk I go 30 on my large cog.
Yeah? 30mph for how long? Can you average 14.5mph for 5-6 hours non-stop? How about 25mph for 5-6 hours 20-days in a row?

To get a more realistic impression of the TDF... try going from 15mph to 45mph in less than 10-seconds, then sit down and recover in 30-seconds as you hold 35mph for the next 15-20minutes. Then hit a 15% grade climb and do it at 15mph so that you don't spoil your average speed. Hit 60mph on the downhill... in the rain!!! Then hold 35-40mph for 5-10 minutes as you body-slam people to get into position for the finish and hit 47-50mph in the final sprint. And this might be a "short" day at 120miles. Try doing those kinds of speeds day-after-day for 2000-miles+.

The best most people can hope to hang in the TDF is about 5-10 seconds. Maybe a couple minutes if you're a cat-3+ racer.

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Old 08-20-07, 02:08 PM
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Put it this way- They climb mountains Faster than my average for a ride. The last 5 miles for a sprint finish are done in excess of 30mph and that is after 120 miles on a short day- and they do this sort of riding for 21 days.

Don't worry about the speed they go at- Just marvel at the riders and find out what they are on.
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Old 08-20-07, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by dadogg View Post
That's 25 mph.. I can go 30 mph on my bike... Sustained on flats. I average 14.5 max while commuting. But when I hit a flat road that isn't a side walk I go 30 on my large cog.
The only sensical reply to this post is either one big laugh, or that you should be riding for a pro team.
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Old 08-20-07, 04:53 PM
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OP is the also looking for advice on kick stands for his "road racing bike"

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...79#post5103979

...sounds like a little kid
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Old 08-20-07, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by operator View Post
The only sensical reply to this post is either one big laugh, or that you should be riding for a pro team.

I can make Bailey's trike go 19.5 mph on a flat surface....................I'm going pro !!

























well, not for a whole second. Maybe .10 second at best. Maybe less.
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Originally Posted by dadogg View Post
But when I hit a flat road that isn't a side walk
Ever seen a road that IS a sidewalk?

Don't ride on sidewalks anyway if you can help it. Especially on a road bike. It looks really sad there.
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They're fast.

I can hold about 50-54km/hr for about 400 or so meters. They hold is for over 50km in the TT. I think the top ones averaged 53km/hr for about 1hr.
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Originally Posted by DannoXYZ View Post
To get a more realistic impression of the TDF... try going from 15mph to 45mph in less than 10-seconds, then sit down and recover in 30-seconds as you hold 35mph for the next 15-20minutes. Then hit a 15% grade climb and do it at 15mph so that you don't spoil your average speed. Hit 60mph on the downhill... in the rain!!! Then hold 35-40mph for 5-10 minutes as you body-slam people to get into position for the finish and hit 47-50mph in the final sprint. And this might be a "short" day at 120miles. Try doing those kinds of speeds day-after-day for 2000-miles+.
Just reading that wore me out!
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Originally Posted by dadogg View Post
That's 25 mph.. I can go 30 mph on my bike... Sustained on flats. I average 14.5 max while commuting. But when I hit a flat road that isn't a side walk I go 30 on my large cog.
Are you sure you computer isn't set in kmh instead of mph?

Tom Boonen does 74 kmh / 46 mph top speed in the sprint.
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Old 08-21-07, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by dadogg View Post
That's 25 mph.. I can go 30 mph on my bike... Sustained on flats. I average 14.5 max while commuting. But when I hit a flat road that isn't a side walk I go 30 on my large cog.
Sure, but once you get that kickstand on there, you're going to have to settle for a leisurely 29.4mph. Oh well, more time to figure out what kind of beer you want at the 'lycer' store.
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Old 08-21-07, 07:02 AM
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I still think this is djslvt in disguise....

Cyclaholic, what do you think?

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Can anyone look up his IP?
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All I can say is.... Welcome back Djslvt! I've missed you, dude. It's been so normal without you around

So, have you set up that enema bag hydration system yet?
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Old 08-22-07, 08:10 AM
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So, have you set up that enema bag hydration system yet?
Oh thats this reason for the weird threads this guy creates, he's been drinking enemas !!
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