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Woo hoo! Downhill speed

Old 07-09-11, 05:33 PM
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Woo hoo! Downhill speed

When I started riding again three months ago I HATED going down hills. I had this incredible fear of crashing, wobbles etc. I would ride my breaks almost all the way down. Well.. As many of you have said to noobs.. it takes time. After my ride today I looked at my top speed and it was 31.9mph. I had no idea I was going that fast, I was just enjoying the ride.

Next.. the height thingy. I really dont like riding over high bridges or any bridges for that matter
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Old 07-09-11, 05:35 PM
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Going fast is half the fun of cycling.
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The descent is your reward for the climb!
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I actually love going downhill, even though in florida the biggest hill we have here is not even a hill... its a bridge. I haven't recorded my top speed going downhill but I'm very sure its over 30mph. I like going into the drops of the handlebars and getting real low and aerodynamic to race the cars down haha.
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Originally Posted by Bioluminescence
Going fast is half the fun of cycling.
Yep. I hit 50 today. Well...49.9 for all us OCD types.
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Old 07-09-11, 06:11 PM
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When I started riding, I made it to 28 on the local hill. I simply HAD to get to 30. Got to 30 the next day. That was too fast, I thought.

Next time, went back to the hill a few months later, with more confidence and control of the bike. I just HAD to get to 40. It took a few runs, but I made it.

A few months later again, and I was going down a steeper, longer hill. I spun my ass off with the junior gears, and I finally made it to 50mph.

Just recently made it to 55mph in a race, and I'm still craving 60mph.

Your time will come.
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Old 07-09-11, 06:28 PM
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I flew down a familiar descent today at speeds over 45mph. Fastest I've gone down it is 48. I was following a duo this morning who took off first after a regroup at the crest. I don't like having to slow down because of slower descenders on that particular route, so I took off in chase and caught up, figuring I'd pass them at some point. No way. These two were absolutely flying. One of them was wearing a backpack, which made me wonder if it would hurt him in terms of center of gravity around sharp turns. Nope. If you're wondering if it feels dangerous descending at those speeds, you're right. It's as close to being on a razor's edge as you can get. You're in control, but you're not. Feels awesome.
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Old 07-09-11, 06:54 PM
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30 is slow... many of us hit that on level ground.

I came down from a climb on Camelback Mountain last Sunday to the "castle house" and hit 43.3 coasting. I'm still green enough that I didn't want to go any faster, but I'm sure if I'd pedaled I could have hit 48-50.
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The fastest I've been able to go is 56mph. As long as there's ample room to come to a stop at the bottom, I have no problem with speed.
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Originally Posted by Vicelord
30 is slow... many of us hit that on level ground.

I came down from a climb on Camelback Mountain last Sunday to the "castle house" and hit 43.3 coasting. I'm still green enough that I didn't want to go any faster, but I'm sure if I'd pedaled I could have hit 48-50.
Can you stop pissing in people's Cheerios?

Also, please stop posting. You're annoying.
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Coming down from the top of Mill Mountain after the Mill Mountain Time Trial I hit 53.2 mph. That was very fun.
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Originally Posted by Blackdays
Can you stop pissing in people's Cheerios?

Also, please stop posting. You're annoying.
Ok, I will close my account on BF and give up cycling. Hopefully someone wants to purchase my bicycle for pennies on the dollar because it is now useless to me.

C'mon man, don't be a dick. I'm trying to motive the guy a little and get him going faster. Everyone else is saying they have gone faster as well, so I'm not sure why you single me out.

At any rate, lets be respectful of the OP and not turn this into an argument, ok?
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Originally Posted by Blackdays
Can you stop pissing in people's Cheerios?

Also, please stop posting. You're annoying.
Uh oh, bringing the heat!
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I was flogging my first used road bike (just sold it) when I first bought it out in Key Biscayne, FL. Went over the bridge and clocked 35 mph on my schwinn speedo/computer thing. Then slowing down from 35 pretty much just shaved through the old brake pads... good thing there were stores everywhere!
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I can only prescribe MOAR SPEED.
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57.2 is my top... I want 60 so badly.
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Haha I know how it feels. The first day I got my road bike I hit 25 and I was like no way! Too fast!

Then as I saw the speedometer creep up to 29 I just had to hit 30. Next thing I know the speedometer reads 39, so I have to push it to 40.

Now I'm on Google Maps Terrain looking for the steepest hills I can find in my area

Then it'll be but I'm hoping to avoid that.
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52 is my top speed. Coming down from Crystal lake near Azusa,CA
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Originally Posted by AMAlex
I actually love going downhill, even though in florida the biggest hill we have here is not even a hill... its a bridge. I haven't recorded my top speed going downhill but I'm very sure its over 30mph. I like going into the drops of the handlebars and getting real low and aerodynamic to race the cars down haha.
Word. I think I know what bridge you speak of

Dude, if you're close enough, we can ride sometime.

Back on topic.. I'm not afraid of speed, just of other cyclists riding on the wrong side of the road coming towards me when going downhill.
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Hit 50.2 last year pretty much coasting down a short steep hill. Hit 50.9 one month ago giving chase down a longer, less steep hill. Think I need to go back to the steep hill and hump it down and see what I can do.
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The more you ride the more comfortable you will get with the speed. Then you will just keep wanting more. Tandems are great for down hill. Our best is 58mph which had us spun out in the 53-11.
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Never really tracked speed until recently. Top recorded speeds:

Road - 42.7 mph, locally near home (not a lot of hills here)
MTB - 34.2 mph, Jedi Forest trail in Oakridge, Or.
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it is fun haha i went down this hill at 60 km/h avoiding potholes, it was scary, toronto has some horrible roads!! The best thing is passing cars
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41 and it wasnt fast enough
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