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A friend told me he rides at 60 mph when going downhill. Is he crazy ?

Old 09-22-09, 07:19 PM
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A friend told me he rides at 60 mph when going downhill. Is he crazy ?

Not being a road biker myself, I don't know if that is normal, but on public roads, that sounds way too reckless. Crazy or not ?
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What if he takes a spill ? That's guaranteed permanent body damage.
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The ol' big fish story huh?!?
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Originally Posted by zeo_max View Post
What if he takes a spill ? That's guaranteed permanent body damage.
not necessarily.
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Old 09-22-09, 07:22 PM
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how would you feel about it if he told you he rode motorcycles at 100mph?
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both would be crazy. actually, i would be surprised if he is really going that fast, but it is possible. Just foolish. and i've been over 100 on a motorcycle, and yes, that was pretty damn foolish (it was also 20 years ago too)
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I've never hit 60, but I've regularly gone over 50, it's not that big of a deal.
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Originally Posted by Grumpy McTrumpy View Post
how would you feel about it if he told you he rode motorcycles at 100mph?
Well.....at the very least motorcyclists wear baggier and leathery clothing, but a bicyclist.......he would get the life scrapped out of his body if he fell at that speed
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Originally Posted by rangerdavid View Post
both would be crazy. actually, i would be surprised if he is really going that fast, but it is possible. Just foolish. and i've been over 100 on a motorcycle, and yes, that was pretty damn foolish (it was also 20 years ago too)
Hate to burst your bubble but 100 isn't very fast...
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Maybe he needs to calibrate his computer
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I've gone 60.5mph max. I go 51/52 frequently, but have not had a long and steep enough hill to do 60 on.
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Oh yeah I saw that during TDF. I don't think that kind of risk is worth it for an amateur with little probability of going pro. I believe the guy because he is the owner of a LBS, which I went to today.
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Originally Posted by frankum View Post
Hate to burst your bubble but 100 isn't very fast...
A modern 1000cc sportbike will do 180+. I hit 120+ regularly on streets of willow (very small track) although when Im on the track I cover the speedo with tape so I cant see lol

Im also in a full face helmet, full leathers, boots, and back/spine protector. The (relatively slow) speeds I ride my bicycle at with no gear on are insane. Those that go faster than me on a bicycle with no gear on are even more insane.
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I'll add that last week I was going over 50 and a [larger] friend flew by me like I was standing still. He has told me he has gone well over 60. Sounds abound right, I couldn't even get on his wheel.
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Hate to burst your bubble but 100 isn't very fast...
It is on the water. Ever seen 100 in a boat? Pretty big pucker factor.
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About mile of reasonably straight -12% ought to about do it. Never quite made 60mph myself. but 50+ is pretty common. Not anywhere near the most reckless this a roadie can do.
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I've done 54 and felt perfectly safe doing it. There have been other times when it's gusty and going 35 feels really scary.
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Could it be someone that I ride with? Every rider that I outdescend on mtn roads seems to hit 60 while I top out at 42!
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Originally Posted by zeo_max View Post
Oh yeah I saw that during TDF. I don't think that kind of risk is worth it for an amateur with little probability of going pro. I believe the guy because he is the owner of a LBS, which I went to today.
My point was that as horrific as that was, he has no permenant injury and is in fact back to racing. Generally injuries aren't any worse as a result of speed unless you hit something. If you just go down you slide. I broke my collarbone a year ago when I was only going about 20.
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have had the gixxer 600 up to 135, but I tend to keep it fairly reasonable.
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