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Old 06-09-10, 12:10 PM
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First, I said unlikely, not out of the question.

Second, it takes more than twice as much power to go 40mph as it takes to go 30mph.
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Originally Posted by harry2110 View Post
ACtually 40 isnt out of the question
It's definitely not out of the question. I am sure there are people on here that can do 40mph, flat ground, no wind, no lead out. But it would be a select group, and we pretty much know who they are, and they have actual race results that are consistent with that ability.

It's doubtful that a guy that apparently does not race, has Sick's posting history, and won't disclose anything about his training can do it.

And it's even more doubtful that he could do it "easily".
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That was fun.
No one really answered the op's question. I've heard that Lemond went as high as a 55 and the same for big mig.
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Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post
No one really answered the op's question. I've heard that Lemond went as high as a 55 and the same for big mig.
Posts 2 and 8 answered it very well. Some riders may have used bigger gears, but most just use standard gearing. TT gearing tends to run higher.
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Considering that he was a climber, this gearing is nuts (if he actually used it on mountain stages): http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/...o-corse/103981

Not that it has much to do with the OP, much like the rest of this thread.
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Old 06-14-10, 06:36 PM
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Can't you tell when a guy is pulling your leg? Too funny.
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It does not but Pantani probably had problems using non even chain rings. The other thing is that would not surprise me that pantani was not a climber but a super strong all arounder "diesel truck" and if he was able to move that 44 in the mountains not even a climber was be able to match him in the long term. Well sadly he is dead so who cares now?
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Can't you tell when a guy is pulling your leg? Too funny.
Yes, we can tell... we knew/know sick is a troll.
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I agree that a helmet cam recording the whole event would be the best proof.
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Originally Posted by *****3nin.vend3t View Post
7-21 days delivery time . Time to set-up, get it up & running on Garmin Connect.
So has the Pony Express delivered your Garmin yet? Or have you spent the last three weeks furiously training after you realized this is not as easy as you thought?

All in good fun - I'd like to see you do it. But c'mon, let's get the ball rolling, eh?
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Shame I missed this one, but this guy should come to california and team up with neurosport. They can put out more power than tdf pros with their 60x9 gears on the local MUP.
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How about the time-trial robots that never wear out or change pace?
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Originally Posted by heppm01 View Post
So has the Pony Express delivered your Garmin yet? Or have you spent the last three weeks furiously training after you realized this is not as easy as you thought?

All in good fun - I'd like to see you do it. But c'mon, let's get the ball rolling, eh?
Maybe he's waiting for the hidden motor that he bought from Switzerland off ebay.

Might get caught up in customs, you know...
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Sick's last post appears to be May 30. So either he's flown the coup, or he's deep in training.
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I see 40 mph possible. I can hit 34 and Ive only been riding a year and dont do any other training. Not to mention I have an entry level allez, the cheapest possible bike I could find that was "decent". Im not saying I can cruise at 34 very long but would 6 mph more be rediculous on a different bike with different gearing after a year of training?

ONE MORE THING, "Mile a Minute Murphy" did it on a vintage bike but he was drafting....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mile-a-Minute_Murphy
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Im not saying I can cruise at 34 very long but would 6 mph more be rediculous on a different bike with different gearing after a year of training?
It takes nearly twice as much power to go 40 vs. 34. Here is an example power curve from analytic cycling. Speeds are in meters/second. 34 mph is about 15.2 and 40 mph is about 17.9. Note that this is power to stay at that speed, it takes more power to accelerate to it.

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I see 40 mph possible. I can hit 34 and Ive only been riding a year and dont do any other training. Not to mention I have an entry level allez, the cheapest possible bike I could find that was "decent". Im not saying I can cruise at 34 very long but would 6 mph more be rediculous on a different bike with different gearing after a year of training?

ONE MORE THING, "Mile a Minute Murphy" did it on a vintage bike but he was drafting....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mile-a-Minute_Murphy
For sprinting on flat ground there won't be that much difference at all between your Allez and a high end bike. Only about 7 pounds difference. Once you hit your top sprinting speed it is very hard to make small improvements.
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Just wanna say thanks to everyone involved in this thread, 8 years ago, for wasting the past hour of my work day. I'd like to say it was worth it, but the ending was more of a disappointment than the 3rd Matrix movie.

I see that both guys have since been banned, so does that mean this picked up someplace else?
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LOL, just noticed this was a zombie thread.

Let's talk cadence. My last two rides, I concentrated on cadence and averaged low 90's on flat ground for two sets of 25 minutes each - in a 50x19 gear, that is, so only about 18.5 mph
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so i was curious about my 48/17 as my spinning gear and found this thread
why did i just read all of this
sick was a funny writer though
and umd was so serious the whole time
9/10 good read

why was umd banned ?
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so i was curious about my 48/17 as my spinning gear and found this thread
why did i just read all of this
sick was a funny writer though
and umd was so serious the whole time
9/10 good read

why was umd banned ?
Because he constantly got into pi**ing matches with people.
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It's not as hard as it sounds. When I was racing, I was the designated sprinter on my team (the other riders were skinny Spanish mountain goats). I ran a 53/11 gear in sprints, easily topping 70 kph after being led out. Sprints are a blast, no chemical could get me as high as I would get in that last 50 meters. High enough that on those occasions you crash, you don't feel the pain, for awhile. What I hated (and still hate) more than anything are the mountains. The only way to get over them would be to get pissed and angry, don't ride next to a sprinter in the mountains if you have thin skin.
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