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How fast do you descend?

Old 04-05-21, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
Hey guys, I test rode my brothers new bike yesterday and bombed down a hill. I was wearing a helmet so I felt confident to just take the bike to close to its maximum speed, I didn't record it on Strava but ive never gone that fast and was probably approaching 40 mph. It was low-key sketchy as ****, normally I max out at around 33 and even that seems sketchy. I crashed hard on a descent 5 years ago and I think im subconsciously afraid now. How fast do you descend before you start feeling unsafe? Are you more likely to go full send if youre wearing a helmet?
How do you know what a bike's maximum speed is? In my experience, bikes are a lot braver about high speed than their riders.

If I'm going further or faster than a slow roll up and down my block, I'm wearing my helmet. Every time. My helmet doesn't make me feel invincible. It makes me feel like my chance of survival is a bit higher if something goes drastically wrong. I still have concerns about potential damage to other parts of my body - more so now than I did 20 years ago.
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
Hey guys, I test rode my brothers new bike yesterday and bombed down a hill. I was wearing a helmet so I felt confident to just take the bike to close to its maximum speed, I didn't record it on Strava but ive never gone that fast and was probably approaching 40 mph. It was low-key sketchy as ****, normally I max out at around 33 and even that seems sketchy. I crashed hard on a descent 5 years ago and I think im subconsciously afraid now. How fast do you descend before you start feeling unsafe? Are you more likely to go full send if youre wearing a helmet?
I didn't know bikes had a maximum speed.

My feeling of safety will be more dependent on how smooth the road is. (I don't have a long enough hill to get but around 40 mph here).

I always wear my helmet. (when I ride)

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Originally Posted by Eric F
In my experience, bikes are a lot braver about high speed than their riders.
You must be joking. My bikes are all so timid they won't even leave the house without me.
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe
You must be joking. My bikes are all so timid they won't even leave the house without me.
You do make a valid point. Bikes are kind of needy like that.
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Originally Posted by Iride01
I didn't know bikes had a maximum speed.

My feeling of safety will be more dependent on how smooth the road is. (I don't have a long enough hill to get but around 40 mph here).

I always wear my helmet. (when I ride)
Well, there's terminal velocity.
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Originally Posted by Sojodave
I was going 44mph down a descent when I saw something in the road up ahead. The item was blocking the shoulder and it didn't occur to me to slow down because I was planning on going around the item. As I got closer, I realize it was a railroad tie that had probably fallen off a truck. As I got near to pass the item, a huge truck was passing me on the left. I realize I couldn't go around it, so I bunny hopped it at 44mph. My back wheel hit the top, I wobbled pretty good, I saved it and stuck the landing. My heart was beating so fast after that close call. When I'm going over 40mph, I am always looking for what could possibly kill me.
Bunny-hopping a railroad tie, lying across the road, at 44mph = Impressive
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
I don't think I have ever exceeded 40 mph on my road bike. When Strava or Wahoo apps tell me that I exceeded 35 mph, I suspect momentary GPS glitches; the corresponding peaks on the graph look too sharp.

What is this "grabbing copper"? Will someone please enlighten me?
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Not as fast as Safa Brian!
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Originally Posted by Iride01
I didn't know bikes had a maximum speed.
Its the speed at which you discover your brakes aren't as round, straight and true as they should be, the hubs aren't adjusted as perfectly as they should be or the stem isn't exactly straight or the headset is indexed. All of these impart a maximum speed that you can feel just before you fly.

Top speed ever was 70mph before the winds became too much, had never been on the road before but it was in perfect shape with perfect grading, screwing up meant sailing off into the abyss or smashing into a cliff face but still thrilling. 55 was quite common then and not even a worry. Since moving to long Island nearly 4 years ago I haven't been over 40ish mph so not certain how I'd do at 55 but probably fine.
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Hit 58 mph on the tandem on the Peak To Peak road last Fall. What a ride.
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
What is this "grabbing copper"? Will someone please enlighten me?
When it comes to homemade aero bars, plastic is fantastic and steel is real, but copper is proper.
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When it comes to homemade aero bars, plastic is fantastic and steel is real, but copper is proper.
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Originally Posted by F22c_legs
Ride a motorcycle. It will put speed into perspective 😏
The difference is on a motorcycle you're (hopefully) wearing a full-face helmet, protective boots and gloves, leather jacket, nylon or leather pants, and maybe some pads.
On a bicycle you're wearing part of a styrofoam beer cooler on your head and sexy underwear on the rest of your body.
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Originally Posted by Koyote
You can search this. A thread like this pops up around here every now and then.

My max speed was 75.7 mph on a steep canyon descent in Colorado during a road race.
Dang bro! That's insane. Was that an amateur race or pro? I hit 62mph once and that was crazy enough.
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Originally Posted by big john
The difference is on a motorcycle you're (hopefully) wearing a full-face helmet, protective boots and gloves, leather jacket, nylon or leather pants, and maybe some pads.
On a bicycle you're wearing part of a styrofoam beer cooler on your head and sexy underwear on the rest of your body.
Nailed it.
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Originally Posted by big john
The difference is on a motorcycle you're (hopefully) wearing a full-face helmet, protective boots and gloves, leather jacket, nylon or leather pants, and maybe some pads.
On a bicycle you're wearing part of a styrofoam beer cooler on your head and sexy underwear on the rest of your body.
The motorcyclists here in Arizona apparently didn't get the memo about full-face helmet, protective boots and gloves, leather jacket, nylon or leather pants, and maybe some pads. Some of them do seem to prefer sexy underwear, but in practice that's not nearly as appealing as whatever pops up when you Google "sexy biker chicks".
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By max speed I meant I was peddling as fast as I could on max gear, then went into an aerotuck.

In reality you guys are right that I could be peddling faster, my cadence is actually kind of trash so that's a good point.
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
In reality you guys are right that I could be peddling faster...
What are you trying to sell?
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
What are you trying to sell?
What are you trying to prove?
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind
What are you trying to prove?
That I understand that the tone of OP's threads is that of silly irreverence? Or had you not noticed that?
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... the joke being that peddler means traveling salesman.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
What are you trying to sell?
brother IDK why youre coming at me but I wish you a nice ride
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
brother IDK why youre coming at me but I wish you a nice ride
It was a joke.

I was peddling as fast as I could

I could be peddling faster

ped·dle
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verb
gerund or present participle: peddling
try to sell (something, especially small goods) by going from house to house or place to place.

ped·al
/ˈpedl/
verb
gerund or present participle: pedaling
move by working the pedals of a bicycle.
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Originally Posted by HTupolev
It was a joke.



ped·dle
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gerund or present participle: peddling
try to sell (something, especially small goods) by going from house to house or place to place.

ped·al
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verb
gerund or present participle: pedaling
move by working the pedals of a bicycle.
Nah he legit doesn't like me for some reason lol
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
Nah he legit doesn't like me for some reason lol
Lol, no - I have no reason to dislike you. I guess I've been giving you too much credit for jesting and was playing along. My bad.
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