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What's your current max speed on a descent??..

Old 06-12-13, 03:44 PM
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What's your current max speed on a decent??..

hello folks! I finally broke the 40 mph speed on my decent today!!I know its probably nothing for most of you but i'm very happy that I finally did it!! before this my top speed was 38.5MPH on a different decent and I told myself I will try and go for 40mph next time..But on the downside I did not make it to the summit of my climb!.
I have done it before and here is the screen shot from strava, i did it 13 days ago.




and today i only reach this point and I just can't go any higher..i was just tired and decided to just enjoy the decent..

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here is the screen shot of my max speed, no tail wind, it was very nice day to climb i thought but just my legs was not there today..tomorrow I'll try again..i'm hungry now..


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Old 06-12-13, 03:51 PM
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How's the scenery on Badger?

I did a ride from L'worth to Confluence SP once, and turned around. Was thinking about heading back that way and riding Entiat River Road.

Oh, to answer your question, somewhere around 45 mph. I start getting a little nervous around 35.
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Old 06-12-13, 03:55 PM
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Max speed on a descent for me so far is 70.2km/h (43.6mph). That's about as fast as I'm comfortable with at this point, and in general, I'm happier to stay in the 60-65km/h range.

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Old 06-12-13, 03:57 PM
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its pretty nice once you passed all the houses, and man the view up the top is just awesome..
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Old 06-12-13, 03:59 PM
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unfortunately, I didnt have my Garmin last year - I did a charity ride in New Mexico - hit 58mph coming from a plateau...SCARY!
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39.x MPH

It was on about the biggest descent I have here with a long straight run out after. I think I have one which is steeper, but it might be a tad shorter. I know for a fact the steeper one has very bad pavement though. I don't want to attempt anything crazy on bad pavement or on twisty descents.

I was mashing pretty hard to try to get up to speed. I was hurting by the 50x16. I spun down the hill in my neighborhood in the same gears feeling much more fresh - next time I won't throw the chain into the smallest cog and go. I'll reattempt and shoot for 40+.
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Old 06-12-13, 04:05 PM
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53.9 mph (And that is with a 52/36X12-28 gearing)


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Old 06-12-13, 04:05 PM
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I would postulate my top descending speed is somewhere around 533 mph (wind speed) while flying (as a passenger) in a 767-300ER, Technically we went up and down many times while flying to Frankfurt.

My fastest bicycling descent speed is 49.5mph; though much less, I did not have the twin engines or the protection of the fuselage.
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Old 06-12-13, 04:13 PM
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Holy smokes!!
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53.9 mph (And that is with a 52/36X12-28 gearing)

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Old 06-12-13, 04:15 PM
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51.7mph @ Barlow Rd. in Cross Plains, WI
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Old 06-12-13, 04:34 PM
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I'm a big fat wuss...44.6 mph down Apple Pie Ridge rd in NE Georgia...bouncing all over the place and sitting up straight while trying to keep my speed down...
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2 weeks ago I hit 83.5km/h (51.8mph)
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47, took me what seemed like forever to break 40.
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^^^ It said max speed, not current speed.....
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mines 47mph so far.
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When I was young and dumb and full of ice cream I hit 90kmh on a descent... which is roughly 56mph.

The grade was steep enough to rate runaway lanes for trucks and I was pacing cars on the way down which really freaked out the drivers.

Around here the grades are not quite as steep and you might hit 75-80 before you have to brake for a corner or an intersection... one street is steep enough and long enough that I think you could break 50 pretty easily but it is a one way going up.

The switch in my brain that says "you are going to die" works much better now.
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Old 06-12-13, 05:01 PM
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Wow!what a coincidence,just today I hit 38.5 mph,I was pretty proud of that.After looking at all of your speeds I think I need to set new goals.Your speeds are awesome,I can't imagine 53 mph,38 was pretty scary for me,lol
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54mph down the Brockway Grade from Kings Beach to Northstar. I really wanted the speed limit, but it just wouldn't happen.
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92.8 km/h or 57.7 mph.

I'm aiming at 100kmh this year, there a hill not so far that I could do, but I need to get up there first...
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54mph down the Brockway Grade from Kings Beach to Northstar. I really wanted the speed limit, but it just wouldn't happen.
You probably need a heavier bike like an old Schwinn Varsity with some heavy bulletproof tyres...

In my case riding at vehicular speeds on a vintage 21 pound racing bike (that was new then) with wheels that were 700:20 was not one of the brightest things I have ever done... if anything goes wrong you are probably not going to walk away from that and that little something could be nothing more than a chip of glass with your name on it.
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Somewhere outside Bloomington, IN:

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Originally Posted by vikz View Post
hello folks! I finally broke the 40 mph speed on my decent today!!I know its probably nothing for most of you but i'm very happy that I finally did it!! before this my top speed was 38.5MPH on a different decent and I told myself I will try and go for 40mph next time..But on the downside I did not make it to the summit of my climb!.
I have done it before and here is the screen shot from strava, i did it 13 days ago.
I went into the high 60s (kph) down a 14% gradient. It worked out something like 42mph.

The second time I rode down the hill I was stuck behind some idiot who overtook me only to swing in front of me and then go down the hill with his brakes on. So I was doing about 60kph and stuck behind a jerk in a BMW.

ETA: Some hills near where I live are quite steep and sustained but are also narrow and winding with hazards like gravel patches and potholes. If they were straighter I'd probably get to similar speeds more often but don't fancy taking a tight corner only to hit gravel or find someone coming up the hill. The closest I ever came to a fast meeting with the road was when I misjudged a turn, dodged some gravel only to go off the edge of the road, and got back onto the road only to hit another patch of gravel. I still don't quite know how I stayed upright through that.
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I hit 45 a month ago, scared the $%&^ out of me, did not help that the road was a little rough though. Felt the speed wabbles coming and had to slow down. I respect those of you that hit over 50, not something my old body ever wants to experience.
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58mph. Been trying to crack 60 for the last 5 years, but there always seems to be a headwind that day.
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35.9 mph... but I haven't been down any big hills yet(hopefully later this year).
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