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Old 04-14-18, 06:38 PM
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Drag Race

Looking for a Bike Drag Race. Quarter mile or half mile. Preferably professionally sanctioned. Drag race tree and such. But will do regular sanctioned (blocked off streets) or even full on street racing. Anyone up to race?
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Old 04-15-18, 06:14 AM
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Never heard of such a thing. What are the typical times? Are there competition classes? If so, what are they based on? Age, Weight, Other? Is there a class for Fixies? How 'bout tadpole trikes?

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Old 04-15-18, 01:12 PM
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Welcome to Bike Forums. Never heard of a bicycle drag race but I have watched time trials.
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Old 04-15-18, 07:22 PM
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I already beat a Trek in a street drag race by 2 tenths of a second. Even dropped RPM and did a hard downshift at the end coming into the garage and still beat him. It may take time to organize or find an official bike drag race but I'm fine with street drags for now. So any one in Nc wanna race? Weather gets nice again Tuesday. Been crappy today. Rain, tornado watch and flash flood watch all day and Monday is cold. 35 with flurries.
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Old 04-15-18, 07:28 PM
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Personally, I don't think parachutes are needed. Single speed bikes don't go but 15 maybe 20 mph. If I can figure out how to upload pictures or video, I will post the next drag race I'm in.
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Old 04-16-18, 10:49 AM
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We had one a couple years back in Bham, but I didn't attend
[as a USCF official if I show up at any events they expect me to help ]
My next time in NC with a bike will be at the G'boro CR weekend - lots of pre'83 bikes there, not sure if that would be good for drag racing or not.
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How about a individual time trial/ hill climb, ? if you have a hill.. village time trials have a long tradition..
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Looks like that video is c. 1970.
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Looks like that video is c. 1970.
Yep, back in the good old days when we just rode and didn't fret about stuff.
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I have done a lot of drag races on a "bike"......it was called Gold Sprints, and involved lots of beer as well. Did I mention it was virtual?
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Originally Posted by dragracer88 View Post
Looking for a Bike Drag Race. Quarter mile or half mile. Preferably professionally sanctioned. Drag race tree and such. But will do regular sanctioned (blocked off streets) or even full on street racing. Anyone up to race?
You didn't see my local to NC Facebook post or forum post did you?

LOL! I posted this exact topic recently as a joke on VWVortex.

Thing is, the slowest 1/4 you could run is too slow probably for them to let you. Now, in an 1/8, if you have a solid sprint you could probably do 25sec. Most econobox idiots at an 1/8th run about 12-14 sec. A quick tuner car will run about 9 sec. I once ran an aircooled car in an 1/8th and the guy ran about 22sec.

Most places probably wouldn't let you due to insurance liabilities or something.

But......that said.......my advice is to create a segment in Strava where it isn't possible to do a "runup" and cheat the start. Probably start it at the mouth of a cul'd'sac. Then do your sprints.

The biggest thing to success would be able to track-stand at the timing beams well enough to trip the Christmas tree if you actually managed to get to a drag strip.

I live in Raleigh, I'd be down if it were local. I'm starting a local time trial meetup once per month. Could always use part of the TT course for this also.
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Found this on YouTube:
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