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What's the fastest you've ever ridden?

Old 06-12-06, 07:53 PM
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What's the fastest you've ever ridden?

I took a ride this weekend almost cracked 50mph and it was such a freaking rush! It didn't last long but it made the climb right before all worth it!

What's the fastest you've ever ridden??
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Old 06-12-06, 07:58 PM
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I've gone over 70 mph but only after making sure the bike was secured extremely well to the roof rack and that I was on good terms with the driver. And that I had my helmet on.
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about 55 mph in kent connecticut on a trek 5200. thats when your glad you've spent a couple thousands bucks on a good bike
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73 on a tandem in strong crosswinds. Yeehah.
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Cranking hard in the 53-11 on a nice downhill, I was able to nail 50+! What a gas!
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Ive only gone about 35mph... just not enough hills around me to go faster without some serious legpower
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Around 170MPH around the Lowes Motor Speedway... unless you just are limiting this to CYCLING. IN that case, I have been banging on 40MPH but have yet to reach it.
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68 down the backside of Mont Ventoux.
And then the thought his me: did I use enough glue on my tires?
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I have topped out around 45 mph and I loved it!
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41mph, and that was just about fast enough for me. The bike and hill were willing, but I had a flash image of that squirrel stuck in a fork and lost my nerve.
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41 as well, just a couple weeks ago, bike felt sturdy as hell......i wanna go faster!!!
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48 mph on my trusty Schwinn Super Sport, on a nice downhill stretch of recently resurfaced tarmac, beautifully smooth and no pot-holes. In the drops and pedalling as fast as I could go; with thoughts of how the wheels felt and looked just after I finished lacing them, but before tensioning and stress-relieving them… sobering thoughts…

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I saw on the Giro - a guy from Phonak I think - was going downhill at 100 kmph (which I think is around 65-70mph) taking his wind jacket off and tucking it into his pocket on the back of his jersey... he was holding on with his left hand in the drops...
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I hit 50-55mph every day on my morning ride. I've done it so many times now that it doesn't feel much different from 30mph...
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62 mph behind a van
58 in a pack (Morgul Bismark 1992, back stretch on 93 approaching the right chicane...)
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That is flying!! What top speed can a pro hit?
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I hit 67 mph going down Tioga Pass road into Lee Vining. My g/f of the time hit 69 and got the high speed wobbles on the same descent and totally freaked her out. She thought something had broken on her bike.
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36 on a walmart mountain bike.
when i get my new road bike my frst goal is 50
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42 mph, I was in the drops staring at my speedometer while cranking down a hill, watching the number crawl up. My fun was cut short when a turn snuck up on me with my eyes on the computer, I looked up, realized where I was, yanked on the brakes out of instinct and sent the bike into a gracefully terrifying rear-end slide. A very scray moment for me.
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40 mph, its not really a rush or anything for me, I tell myself, 'concentrate or you're in the hospital' and I focus the whole way down.

I will say downhills on a mtb are insane at half the speed compared to road bikes, granted its alot slower, but it seems everytime is a near accident.
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40.5 down this nice downhill straightaway. I couldn't pedal any faster (52-12)
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Originally Posted by waterrockets
62 mph behind a van
58 in a pack (Morgul Bismark 1992, back stretch on 93 approaching the right chicane...)
The old M-B. Ah, the memories. When I lived south of there in Wheat Ridge I took my heavy fully faired recumbent trike down a hill on the east side of that nearly square circuit. My old Pacer cyclocomputer registered a high of 70 MPH. Unfair to compare with those unfaired snail bikes. I slowed down when a bunjie cord fell into the rear cluster.
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I have hit 38 mph on a flat sprint. 45 mph down hill.
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I can hit about 37 MPH going down the hill in Del Mar, CA towards Solana Beach.
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Originally Posted by sean565
I saw on the Giro - a guy from Phonak I think - was going downhill at 100 kmph (which I think is around 65-70mph) taking his wind jacket off and tucking it into his pocket on the back of his jersey... he was holding on with his left hand in the drops...
Yikes!!!

Best I've been able to do is 73 kmph (~45 mph), couldn't make my legs go any faster without bouncing off my bike. But I must say the limiting factors were me and the the hill (or lack there of), my Lemond was rock solid.
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