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post #61 of 86
Thanks for the tips! Will play around with the weight distribution. I do recall that I was gripping the handlebars for dear life, so will try to relax some. Didn't help that I had a car right behind me that I feared would try to pass me even though I was doing the speed limit (it didn't). And people think skiing is dangerous!
post #62 of 86
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Originally Posted by moguljunkie View Post
Didn't help that I had a car right behind me that I feared would try to pass me even though I was doing the speed limit (it didn't). And people think skiing is dangerous!
You'll know that your descending skills have arrived when you start cursing the cars that you've caught up to, or (better yet) when the car that was on your tail at the start of the descent fails to keep up with you. Helps if you have a really twisty descent.

My moment of glory: blowing past a Porsche on the way down New Hampshire's Kancamagus Highway. : (He was slowing down to 15, 20mph for the turns. After climbing for an hour or so to get up there, I sure wasn't going to take some sight-seeing trip down. So the next time he went on the brakes, I didn't and I just sailed right on past).
post #63 of 86

LA Times finally, em, catches up.

Were any of you following the Dempsey-McCready prize contest?
Goal: 90 km. In one hour.

LA times article:
http://www.latimes.com/features/maga...-home-magazine

Rob English's blog:
http://rob.bikerevuk.com/racing/nissan/hour1.html

Damjan Zabovnik's bike is actually backwards:
http://www.recumbents.com/wisil/whps...tsthursday.htm
http://www.recumbents.com/wisil/raci...6.htm#Embedded

"riding a stationary bike in a sleeping bag for an hour"
http://www.fortebikes.com/gosamgo/A3/record/RecHPV.html
post #64 of 86
Why it's a good idea to check your frame for weak spots before you go trying to break any speed records...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_PCthzV1Mk
post #65 of 86

55 mph on tandem

my wife and I topped out at 55 mph on our Gary Fisher mt tandem with road tires. we were coming off of Smugglers Notch in Vermont , passing Smugglers Notch ski area, had a nice long open road with clear view of the road , we got low and hit 55 as we went past the parking lot. the bike felt fine, nice and tight, the road was dry and clean and we had just bought the bike a week or so earlier. What we learned was that while it could really pick up speed going downhill, the stopping distance is much more than a single, the potential for disaster is much greater. we don't go that fast anymore.
post #66 of 86
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
34.3 mph on my moab yesterday flat terrain on pavement. 44/11 gear....oh yeah kick stand and reflectors too lol


All you roadies that cant hit 35 mph I think you just arent trying hard enough or arent blessed with a 31 inch waist and 30 inch thighs

P(BW)A, when we getting you a REAL chain wheel?
http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/v/...ander.jpg.html
post #67 of 86
My best was 60 mph downhill, behind a Porshe. My best not drafting was 52. 60 without glasses is tough on the eyes.

kevin
post #68 of 86
This past weekend I did a century that has a lot of big hills. My goal was to break my 59.9mph personal record. On one of the first good decents, I spun about 10 revs of the pedals and coasted to 50.0, figuring I was just taking a speed trial to make sure everything felt okay. My goal of hitting 60.0 was on a big roller coaster of a hill that was immediately after a rest stop that I remember from doing this ride a couple of years ago.

As it turns out, that rest stop wasn't part of this year's ride, and I never had the opportunity to even get to 50 again (high 40s a few times). There was one road that would have worked, but it was way too rough, and I didn't want to carry all that speed with all the cracks, potholes and bumps. Oh well, one of these days I'll hit 60.

I did notice that my new helmet is a lot noisier at speed, than my old one was.
post #69 of 86

54 m. p. h...

...road bike, on Simms, north of the Jeffco Airport. Colorado is great for climbing and descents...but I don't think I need to go that fast again. I race Masters in the winter, and in DH, we get up to 70+...but falling on snow is nothing compared to a trip to McDonald's if you lose it on a road bike...something I've never done and don't plan to do, either...
post #70 of 86
My moment of glory: blowing past a Porsche on the way down New Hampshire's Kancamagus Highway.

Hey Kevin,
No way if that was me driving!
post #71 of 86
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Originally Posted by GarryZ View Post
I don't wish to hijack but this is a parallel question.

How fast can you go or have you gone on a flat just using your own gears and legs for the speed you acquire.?


In a group 35 mph, by myself 27 mph. Both of these efforts were at max HR (192b/m), and not sustainable for more than a few miles, at max aerobic HR 21 - 22 mph. I can't do it at the moment because i got fat, but maybe next fall.


Kevin
post #72 of 86
I am just here to state the obvisous. A FS MTB with knobbies tires is really slow on the road. I can only go 29.2 on flat pedaling on it. But have gone 27.2 on a DH on my local trails.

Over 20 MPH on singletrack feels very very fast.
post #73 of 86

how fast?

yo,
just back from road bike ride, in beautiful napa/pope valley in no. cal...
128 miles in 9 hours...
down the oakville grade from napa to oakville...got up to 63mph on my racebike....campi super record hubs are the slickest...eyes tearing so badly that i could only squint from one eye to the other every 3-4 secs...
what a rush!! don't tell my better half...still a few cojones left in the old body!!

nfp158
post #74 of 86
That really brings back memories about the tearing issue (I never wore fancy eye protection). Thanks for that - gotta get back out and ride one of these days.

A friend of mine used to ride quite a bit out there around Diablo. There are some big climbs. It gets hot but it's a dry heat.
post #75 of 86
128 miles in 9 hours...

Now THAT is a ride !!!
Sounds awesome...
Those old hubs must be sweet.
post #76 of 86

Since it is summer I shall revive this

 

I just took a spin around the neighborhood on my 21 speed MTB.  It is geared pretty easy.  Pedaling as fast as my legs could pump going down a small hill the solar powered radar sign near the park said...............................................

 

25 MPH

 

It felt a bit faster to me.  I would have guessed low 30s. 

 

Usian Bolt can run 28 MPH hahaha

 

FWIW, it didn't feel scary fast at all.  I think I'm probably good for up to about 50 on a bike under ideal conditions but feel a lot more comfortable hitting high speeds on skis.  Snow is usually more forgiving in the event of catastprphe.   A front tire blowout at 50 MPH would be way worse than losing a ski in most scenerios. 

post #77 of 86

Once when I was a youngster I had a guy pull up next to me on a motorcycle.  He was pointing at his speedometer, & as far as I could tell he had me clocked somewhere around 65 mph.  This was coming down Carson pass below Red Lake on hwy. 88.  Nowdays anything over 40 seems a bit shaky to me.

 

I have had my MTB going 50 mph. on pavement.  On dirt single track I would guess 20 mph. is about it for me.

 

JF

post #78 of 86

25 MPH is not bad ...

 

...if you're running a 22/32/BashRing front 

post #79 of 86

40MPH on a Road bike (Giant OCR3.)

post #80 of 86

I'm not precisely sure of my max speed -- my Garmin has, on occassion, overstated the instantaneous speed so I don't generally trust it.  I have generally not "maxed out" as I get chicken as the speed climbs above 55 mph.  I know I've been over 60 coming off of the north side of Grand Mesa, and could have probably exceeded 70 if I wasn't on the brakes.  I don't trust pavement I don't know.

 

That being said, I looked at my mean max speed chart in TrainingPeaks over the past year.  I held 53.1 mph for a full minute, 51.7 for 2 minutes, 47.5 for 5 minutes, and 44.1 for 10 minutes coming off of Wolf Creek Pass in late June.  I held 49 mph for a minute coming off of the Wall last Friday.  And I held 41.9 mph for 10 minutes descending Lefthand Canyon two weeks ago tomorrow.

 

I wish I was a quarter as fast uphill!

 

Mike

post #81 of 86

In my youth I did a lot of cyling and rode in a few charity treks.  One through the Blue Ridge Mountains; 98 miles in two days.  At one of the stops this guy came up to me and asked me if I had a bike computer.  I didn't and he said, "Well, I don't know how fast your were going but when you passed me, I was going 53 (mps)."

 

There were several times when I was stationed in Barstow (long, long hills), I could easily pass 60 if I wasn't careful. 

 

Without a hill I have drafted behind a truck in the mid 40's

 

I know the cycling club I was in used to cruise in the low to mid 20"s (depended on wind) and I'm guessing we hit the 30's on sprints.

 

That was a long time ago.

post #82 of 86
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

I am just here to state the obvisous. A FS MTB with knobbies tires is really slow on the road. I can only go 29.2 on flat pedaling on it. But have gone 27.2 on a DH on my local trails.

Over 20 MPH on singletrack feels very very fast.


old post new numbers

 

fastest ever - 66mph down LCC in utah

fastest flat self propelled - 39 mph at a crit on the final sprint

 

32-17 SS MTB on a flat - 26 mph.

 

post #83 of 86
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

32-17 SS MTB on a flat - 26 mph.

 


Thanks Josh.  I don't feel quite so lame now..  and you just helped me settle a dispute.  Someone was trying to tell me that the radar reading from the bike was incorrect even after I checked it in the car this evening.  They thought we had to be going faster than 25.  I tried to explain that it just feels a lot faster on a bike than it does in a car.  You and Comprex confirming that ths is about what it should be for MTB gearing was helpful.

post #84 of 86
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post




Thanks Josh.  I don't feel quite so lame now..  and you just helped me settle a dispute.  Someone was trying to tell me that the radar reading from the bike was incorrect even after I checked it in the car this evening.  They thought we had to be going faster than 25.  I tried to explain that it just feels a lot faster on a bike than it does in a car.  You and Comprex confirming that ths is about what it should be for MTB gearing was helpful.

 

well to be fair I can hit 30-32 on a flat with 32 11-34 gearing which was my last 1x9 setup. Its REALLY tough though.

 

25 mph feels pretty fast no matter the bike. 

 

we will see how fast the one speed can go for 12 hours tomorrow. The longest I have ridden a bike prior to tomorrow is about 7-8 hours.
 

post #85 of 86

58 mph just last sunday on Bobcat outside Red River....but the tommassini has a compact....I can climb, but my descents are all pedalling out!

post #86 of 86

100 MPH + Mine has a boxer motorwerken!

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