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Old 01-02-13, 03:59 AM
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new Hardrock

I had a hardrock years ago that was stolen. I have been using Walmart bikes (Schwinn Alum Comp) since then. (a good bike, considering its walmart). I recently bought the new Hardrock. I took it to a flat road and had my wife in a car beside me to see how fast I could go. I got it up to 31 mph. I know it is an entry level bike, but having said that, I thought that was pretty respectable, given that I am 61 years old, and the gearing of mountain bikes compared to road bikes. I was impressed indeed. Wonder how fast it would go down a hill before the frame dissolved and exploded ??
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Old 01-02-13, 08:25 AM
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I think your wife was fooling you. Not very likely that you got up to 31 mph on a mountain bike.
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Old 01-02-13, 08:43 AM
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Agree, not on level ground. Throw the BS flag and go upstairs for a review. Unless you were on a 6-percent downward grade, of course...
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My wife wouldn't lie to me. That was what her speedometer registered as she kept up with me.
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Old 01-02-13, 10:32 AM
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I just remembered that I had one hellava tailwind that day also. I guess that accounts for it. But, it is what it is. Even with the wind, I was happy with 31 mph. I went down that same road on my Walmart bike when the road was still gravel and got up to 20 mph.
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To get a good speedo reading you have to be neck and neck for a bit. If she even lagged behind you slightly, she'd have to go 31 to catch up to you going 25.

Big tailwinds can help, though.

I'm not gonna bother voting at all cuz there's really no good answer to the poll.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
To get a good speedo reading you have to be neck and neck for a bit. If she even lagged behind you slightly, she'd have to go 31 to catch up to you going 25.
^This. Even if she wasn't noticeably lagging behind, think about how much of a difference even little accelerations make. If you play this game often, I'd suggest picking up a cyclocomputer. Once calibrated, you'd get a much more accurate reading than with a car speedometer.
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Now we have a thread about motorpacing. These are sad times indeed for the MOUNTAIN BIKING forum.

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As a 59 year old speedster I think this is awesome. These kids are just jealous! Ride hard and ride often!

I just got my new GPS in. I'm gonna see how fast I can get up to on the flats. I will post my personal research. If you have an iphone or android you can download Strava.com and actually get a free GPS tracker for your rides. It will also give you an idea of how fast you are moving on your bike.
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Originally Posted by cryptid01 View Post
These are sad times indeed for the MOUNTAIN BIKING forum.
Is THAT what this forum is? I thought it was the Commuting-on-a-Mountain-Bike forum.

Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
As a 59 year old speedster I think this is awesome.
Wouldn't a Speedster have been 59 in about . . . oh . . . say, 1985?

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Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
Ride OFFROAD hard and ride OFFROAD often!
Fixed that for ya
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Originally Posted by cryptid01 View Post
Fixed that for ya
DANG-I am a forgetful bafoon! Thanks! HEY are you BMX'n or XC'n these days?
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DANG-I am a forgetful bafoon! Thanks! HEY are you BMX'n or XC'n these days?
SP'n, mostly

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Originally Posted by cryptid01 View Post
Now we have a thread about motorpacing. These are sad times indeed for the MOUNTAIN BIKING forum.

That truly is sad.
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Friction shifters and a cabover Pete! What a hoot.
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Downloaded Strava to my android. Seems to be a good app, except for one glitch. Why does it register a small speed (albeit small) when the device is stationary ?
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GPS errors. If phone GPS (and other location services) were exact then they would use 'em for amateur racing, but they're not so they don't.
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I went down that same road as I did with my wife in her car. This time I had Strava on board. And I pedaled like a f#@%ig madman. And maxed out at 23.9 mph. Thats with another tailwind. I guess that 31 mph previously was way, way off. I guess I need one hellava grade, slick tires, and maxed out inflation to break 30 huh ??
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This thread reminds me of that Office episode where theres a radar speed sign out front and Michael Scott runs by it the same time a car goes by and claims the speed to beat is like 31mph lol.
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I went down that same road as I did with my wife in her car. This time I had Strava on board. And I pedaled like a f#@%ig madman. And maxed out at 23.9 mph. Thats with another tailwind. I guess that 31 mph previously was way, way off. I guess I need one hellava grade, slick tires, and maxed out inflation to break 30 huh ??
Sounds more reasonable. I'd still be careful though, because GPSes generally suck at instantaneous pace, just because of the way they're made they register all kinds of spikes for max and min pace. It's not uncommon for my watch to tell me that, for a second or two, I RAN at 20 mph, just because of errors due to interference. It usually evens out for average pace, but clearly max speed on that run will be wrong. If you're concerned about an accurate reading, cyclocomputer is the only way to go.
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Originally Posted by jmehalick View Post
I think your wife was fooling you. Not very likely that you got up to 31 mph on a mountain bike.
Why not? I've managed to get my big box store 29er up to 28mph on nearly level ground, and I'm 52 !
My speed was measured by my onboard comp and yes it was calibrated for 29" wheels. I only touched the 28 mark for a second or two, until I thought my saddle shifted then I chickened out!

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