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I'm so much faster than you !!!

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Fastest I've been on my road bike is about 75kph, and on a much smoother road than yours, nice and wide, beautiful flowing corners, great view of the ocean and a few cars . It scared the hell out of me. OTOH, my MTB feels so much more stable at speed; phatter tyres, disk brakes add to the sense of comfort. And then I think about the safety gear we are wearing - lycra, light weight helmet and gloves.  Yep that is going to do a real lot if you come off at speed....eek.gif...  Still a buzz though.

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The fastes my road bike would go was 225 kph; it was geared more for acceleration and would hit the rev limiter in top gear.biggrin.gif, in about 11 or 12 seconds (just guessing at the time; I never actually timed it).

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i have hits 60 mph on my road bike and 30+ riding singletrack on my Mountain bike. These our maxes though and far from where I am normally riding.

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JF

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Love the shot of the bottom of their shoes!

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The fastest I've ever gone on my road bike was 57mph while going down Mt. Lemmon. 

 

If you ever get a chance to ride it, do so: 28miles and 3hrs up; around :40min down.  

 

The road is pretty new and has wide sweeping corners with large shoulders (not that you need them as you'll be going as fast as traffic anyways).  Some pretty inspiring views as well.

 

Plus: Summerhaven has a pretty tasty (and large) cookie.

 

-Smarty

 

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I have hit 50+ mph coming down the road in the trike video above on my MTB.  I have done it on my roadbike, but am afraid of overheating the rims.  I trust my disc brakes much more for something that steep.  Was clocked at over 60mph on my roadie by a motorcycle years ago.  Nowadays I start hitting the brakes at 40mph.

JF

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Freakin' nuts. Fastest I've gone is about 40 mph on my '83 Cannondale.

 

Except for that time in high school when I was hanging on to the door of my buddie's car, but that's cheating. And REALLY stoopid.

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The Trike video is great. I laughed the whole time. Love the serious music!

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A little different.  This guy just beat the world record (pending certification) on a bike BY TEN DAYs! Amazing

 

http://www.duaneburnett.com/3056/fastest-solo-global-circumnavigation-by-bicycle-world-record

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I love mount Lemmon... Beautiful climb and cars are pretty courteous. I think my top speed there was 59.5, I just couldn't crack that 60 MPH mark...

 

Too bad my fav restaurant burned down a while back.

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225 kph=139 miles per hour on a bicycle? Were you coming down a volcano? Was it erupting?

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^^^ I was being a little facetious; the 225 kph was achieved thanks to the 750 cc V4, which is pretty slow for a 750 sportbike, but like I said, it was bumping the rev limiter..   Fastest I've probably been on a pedal bike is about 50 mph, coasting down hill (no speedo).

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Fastest I've hit on a bike was 52mph (~83kph).  That was from coming down Little Goldmine Mountain in eastern Pennsylvania somewhere.  Straight, smooth road, no wind, good visibility, etc.  Butt up, head down, and let it go.

 

I've done my fair share of riding out west; those long, long descents are awesome fun, but they usually seem to have "normal" grades.  I was never able to get to the type of speed on those that I can get on a short-ish but ungodly steep drop.  i.e., half-a-mile at 12% seems to get the speedometer climbing a lot higher than mile after mile at 6%.

 

I'd love to know what sort of speed you could hit coming down Smuggler's Notch (Stowe side) in Vermont...  The top is something like 20% for a quarter mile?  I seem to remember it's pretty turny through there though, so I'm not sure you could just "let it go".

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Fastest I've hit on a bike was 52mph (~83kph).  That was from coming down Little Goldmine Mountain in eastern Pennsylvania somewhere.  Straight, smooth road, no wind, good visibility, etc.  Butt up, head down, and let it go.

 

I've done my fair share of riding out west; those long, long descents are awesome fun, but they usually seem to have "normal" grades.  I was never able to get to the type of speed on those that I can get on a short-ish but ungodly steep drop.  i.e., half-a-mile at 12% seems to get the speedometer climbing a lot higher than mile after mile at 6%.

 

I'd love to know what sort of speed you could hit coming down Smuggler's Notch (Stowe side) in Vermont...  The top is something like 20% for a quarter mile?  I seem to remember it's pretty turny through there though, so I'm not sure you could just "let it go".

 

I almost never ride the notch that way, I normally climb the steeper part but you can not get anywhere close to top speed on the steepest section the turns are very awkward on a road bike. They were slightly less awkward on my cross bike with wider slicks.

 

The fastest sections of road coming from the notch toward stowe is by the matterhorn. I have hit 63 there but I was pedaling, coasting is good for about 50mph.

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I use a Garmin 705 as my speedo, so the max speed it reports is somewhat suspect.  It reported a speed of 120 mph.  No way.  I have been above 65 on my bike.  After crashing at 47 mph as well as 30 with the resulting loss of skin and a shoulder dislocation, I no longer am comfortable bombing the downhills the way I used to.  I tend to ride the brakes a bit when the speed climbs above 45.  I still hit the mid 50's on roads I'm very familiar with, but I'm certainly apprehensive.

 

Mike

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