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What's the highest speed you have seen on your bike?(51 posts)

What's the highest speed you have seen on your bike?allervite
Jan 21, 2002 1:32 PM
I have only hit 52 (downhill of course), but a lot of the guys I ride with claim much higher speeds.
re: What's the highest speed you have seen on your bike?gregario
Jan 21, 2002 1:41 PM
54mph while captaining a tandem. I was feathering the brakes while doing it too because there was a cross street at the bottom of the hill. I had visions of a car pulling out in front of us and us needing skin grafts. That's in Michigan too, not exactly hill country where I live. I'm sure that others here have gone faster. My wife was terrified and actually surprised that I started braking, she thought something was wrong.
56 MPHColnagoFE
Jan 21, 2002 1:46 PM
Down the Dallas Divide (Colorado) with a tailwind. Once I "broke the speed limit" I figured that was enough.
60 mphPump
Jan 21, 2002 1:55 PM
On a Cannondale 3.0 down the backside of Molas Divide Pass between Durango and Silverton, I clocked 60 mph, and the guy I was riding with was actually pulling away. Sick.
64 MPH on a recumbentmazobob
Jan 21, 2002 2:25 PM
on a haluzak recumbent on the Clarkston Wa grade!
Jan 21, 2002 2:39 PM
descending Townes Pass in the Death Valley to Mount Whitney race in the late '70s. No speedometers back then, but the wife of another rider was following our break in her car. She was doing 55 & said we were pulling away from her. A few people actually quit the race on the downhill because they were scared of the speed. Do I get extra credit for wearing a leather hairnet helmet?
55 mph...on a flat!!!DT
Jan 21, 2002 2:48 PM
Drafting off a semi on a really smooth road that I know like the back of my hand. I went for almost three miles before I pulled off nearing a turn because it had rained earlier in the day and the asphalt was a little damp in places. My wife wasn't too happy when I told her... :o) A carload of teenagers had pulled up behind me during, and when I pulled off they were cheering and hollering and hooting...pretty cool! Better than having a flashlight thrown at me.
Hey! It's Dave Stoller!!!!!!!!eD lOVER
Jan 21, 2002 3:23 PM
Did you draft that semi in the small ring like Dave as well?
Hey! It's Dave Stoller!!!!!!!!DT
Jan 21, 2002 3:57 PM
No, I was thinking about it, but then I realized since I was spinning out in a 53x11, I'd probably have no luck in my 39. :o)
53 x 11 at 150 rpm for 3 miles....mixinbeatz
Jan 21, 2002 4:17 PM
You should get a contract dude, I bet you could beat that skinny lance guy in a time trial.
53 x 11 at 150 rpm for 3 miles....Woof the dog
Jan 21, 2002 4:25 PM
whats so hard believing that? he was drafting a hugeass truck. Besides, 150 rpms is doable.


53 x 11 at 150 rpm for 3 miles....mixinbeatz
Jan 21, 2002 4:33 PM
55mph.... not kilometers.
53 x 11 at 150 rpm for 3 miles....Woof the dog
Jan 22, 2002 12:01 PM
what kilometers? where do you see that? open your eyes buddy boy. Did you know that 55 km is probably like 27 miles and not the other way around. I can't find my conversion sheet, but I am sure it would be somewhere in the upper 20s for miles.

what are you saying?

53 x 11 at 150 rpm for 3 miles....wspokes
Jan 23, 2002 4:22 AM
low 30s is 55K. figure 6.2miles in 10 kilometres. You are indeed correct woof, but even so, it is easily doable. I train in the small ring for most of the year and run my revs high, convert that when you jump to a 53 and a draft and half the time in the draft of a big ass truck, you don't even pedal so much as maintain skill and hover just off the right rear of the vehicle in case you have to shoot around for brakage. It also allows you to peak around on the right and out of traffic to see what is going on ahead (as opposed to our buddy Dave who could pop out of the draft, maintain the speed, and pop back in...all in the small ring.) heck, we used to motorpace for many many miles in Florida at 25-35 consistently behind a scooter. talk about a humbling experience. just when you get into the mode and think you can handle it...the bastard ups the throttle. PAIN
It's possibleRoger
Jan 22, 2002 12:47 PM
have you ever drafted a Semi, or just been passed by one? The air flow coming off the back of a semi swirls and actually pushes you forward. Given that, you wouldn't have to spin constantly at 150 rpm's, you only have to ramp up, coast, ramp up coast, etc.
Liar,Liar,Pants are on fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(nm)rusty McNasty
Jan 21, 2002 4:14 PM
Jan 21, 2002 2:49 PM
I've hit that a number of times. Hard as I try, I can't eke out any more. I am a mostly fearless descender, but I only weigh 130.

I got 45+ on mountain bikes quite a few times.
Trade places?morrison
Jan 22, 2002 8:02 AM
I am a mostly fearFUL descender; I way 165 (this week), and I can hit 50 w/out too much of a problem. However, I only do it when I have to keep up. It scares the SH_T out of me! (Guess I picked the wrong sport! :-))
I got 48 on the MTB at the Humbug race in Yreka once. (nm)allervite
Jan 23, 2002 9:35 AM
re: What's the highest speed you have seen on your bike?The Phantom
Jan 21, 2002 3:05 PM
October 1985, Mount Haleakla, Maui Hawaii. Not the tourist tour down but on my Cuevas custom steel road bike. Scarry fast with 50mph plus speeds for several minutes at a time! scourching rims heated to sizzling temps requiring cool down stops lest one roll a tubular tire. Blaster banked turns on pebble free pavement.
The descent is 40 miles from 10,000 feet to sea level. At creative other way down is in excess of 50 miles too. SICKEST THING TO DO ON TWO WHEELS ANYWHERE ON EARTH, worth the trip to do it again! I believe it is the longest mountain summit road on earth
I think they had a big snowstorm there yesterday!!Lone Gunman
Jan 21, 2002 7:20 PM
re: What's the highest speed you have seen on your bike?merckx56
Jan 21, 2002 3:19 PM
99 km/h coming off of the blue ridge parkway in north carolina. i would have seen faster but had to brake for a turn! stupid turn! if i had known at the time it was 99, i would have braked later!
46 mph on computerhms
Jan 21, 2002 3:19 PM
I have hit 45-46 mph several times on my computer in northern Baltimore County (Maryland). This past summer I did the Counselman loop, north of the Golden Gate Bridge, on a rental bike. I was scared sh#tless on the descent. Even with the brakes engaged, I felt like I was going faster than I ever had on any other ride. But, I did not have a computer to verify whether my preception was correct or not.
not on my bike stillcyclopathic
Jan 21, 2002 3:23 PM
on different occations I've been passed stand still on long downhills by tandem (I was going 57mph) and recumbent with flares doing mid 70s (my speed was 53mph).

both tandem pilot and recumbent rider claimed they've seen hit 80s on long downhills which I incline to beleive
Jan 21, 2002 3:35 PM
It was the dumbest thing I ever did. I was coming down a mountain in Utah...long story, short I about wrecked from speed shake which would have sent me over a guard rail and a couple hundred feet down the side of a mountain.
re: What's the highest speed you have seen on your bike?StmbtDave
Jan 21, 2002 3:48 PM
My previous record was 55 mph down Fremont Pass (Colo) but last summer I did a two week tour through the Alps and hit 60.6 mph down Julier Pass into St. Moritz. The Europeans don't build roads to a max 7% grade like they do in this country. I've never seen such steep grades.
Fremont pass speed zone myselfPaulCL
Jan 22, 2002 6:24 AM
Last summer, I hit over 60mph flying down the pass. Scared sh**less. I had to sit up to slow down. Besides being scared from the speed, it was cold and wet too. Not a good situation to try for the land speed record. Paul
56 mphDavid Ho
Jan 21, 2002 3:57 PM
I was going 56 mph down the backside of Hogpen gap here in north Georgia, but I had to back it off because the front wheel started to shudder!It was awesome!
Oh, cars go by us real fast all the time.MB1
Jan 21, 2002 3:58 PM
I'm sure some of them must be doing at least 80 mph. ;-)
re: What's the highest speed you have seen on your bike?Daniel H.
Jan 21, 2002 5:01 PM
I hit 60.1 MPH on a downhill near ventura california called Deer Creek road. That scared the crap out of me.
Clocked 60+ once, but may have been unreliable ...Humma Hah
Jan 21, 2002 7:12 PM
When young and foolish, I used to do long, steep downhills in a really severe tuck. On one, I had a mechanical odometer on the front wheel, and measured a mile against my watch in 58 seconds, from a rolling start of maybe 20 mph at the top of the hill.

I could hear the odometer "skipping". It may have been counting grossly wrong. However, I know I was going VERY fast, well above 30, due to a transition in the bike's handling, rush of wind, etc.

More recently, the highest I've seen, on a 12% grade, is 44 mph, but I was not using such a severe tuck. Making yourself very small does make a profound difference in top speed, as does being a little nuts.
re: What's the highest speed you have seen on your bike?nat_ct1
Jan 21, 2002 9:50 PM
43mph on a flat..i dont care how fast im going downhill you are just along for the ride when going downhill.
re: What's the highest speed you have seen on your bike?Eric16
Jan 21, 2002 10:39 PM
54 mph on a descent (of course) in a collegiate race somewhere in Kentucky but I'm a little more proud of hitting 50.0 mph on rollers once. I swear that computer stayed at 49 mph for what seemed like an eternity until I finally kicked it up to 50 for all of a half second...the descent was much more fun though...and not as much work!
My fastest also on rollers. Didn't turn 50, but got to 49.9bill
Jan 22, 2002 8:32 AM
something (computer measures to hundreds -- completely accurately, I'm sure). Fastest on the road about 46. Don't know what I could have done to go faster. What can I say? Not too many hills around here.
re: What's the highest speed you have seen on your bike?Spox
Jan 21, 2002 11:40 PM
52 on downhill, 43 flat tailwind sprint...

56 drafting car on downhill (no helmet as usual when training...)
I clocked 132 mphLeisure
Jan 21, 2002 11:47 PM
With the rain screwing up the computer.
95kph down the Ventouxphilippec
Jan 22, 2002 1:46 AM
95km/hr (59mph) on the backside of the Ventoux heading into Malaucene a few years ago in april (on the wide stretches below the mt. Serein ski station)-- My hands were frozen and it was all I could do to keep my eyes squinting open. I rank that moment as one of the most stupid, most exhilerating, most scary and most worthwhile things I have ever done.... I was très zen by the time I rolled into town and stopped off for a very tasty pastis!
you should have rewarded yourself with an absinthe :) nmnaff geezer
Jan 22, 2002 4:53 AM
90 km/h downhill; 59 km/h sprint (nm)Velocipedio
Jan 22, 2002 5:31 AM
56mph...descent in Vermont (nm)biknben
Jan 22, 2002 6:17 AM
52+Andy M-S
Jan 22, 2002 8:24 AM
I live in southern Wisconsin, near the Mississippi--there are lots of bluffs and hills, and one of them has a county road (County FO) down the back that drops around 600 feet in about 2 miles. It's slightly curved, and last spring, was freshly paved...

Minimal traffic...

I bike commute, and sometimes I take the long way home just so I can go down this hill...

I pedal until I just can't anymore, then tuck in and ride--it's a blast.

Last time I did it with a group there was a pebble on the road and I caught it with my rear wheel--felt like I displaced the wheel about 3-4" sideways--but it was over so fast there was nothing I could have done; instinct took over, I stabilized the bike, and didn't start to think about the pebble until I slowed down at the bottom.

Speed thrills.
re: What's the highest speed you have seen on your bike?Turtleherder
Jan 22, 2002 8:25 AM
53 mph on a down hill west of St. Louis. 47 mph on the flats with the aid of a 35 mph tail wind. The return trip was a little slower.
56mph on theErik W
Jan 22, 2002 8:46 AM
Peak to Peak highway just outside of Allenspark, CO. I hope to break 60 this season.
Erik W
55 mph a couple of times...Brooks
Jan 22, 2002 8:56 AM
First on one of the Three Bears in SF East Bay (near Briones Park) 20 years ago and then on Teton Pass (scary, twisty, no guardrails and front wheel started to shimmy). Come close on roads here in Utah. I don't mind the speed as long as there are no turns or cross streets.
re: What's the highest speed you have seen on your bike?brider
Jan 22, 2002 3:28 PM
A buddy of mine hit 54 mph off road. He was a horse. Anyway, for me, I hit 53 once, and I got 52 in a race (and I was being passed like I was a fencepost) in Wenatchee. Interesting set-up -- go like hell, hit the binders for a hairpin, open it up and you're right back up to 50+. Cool race.
Jan 22, 2002 4:48 PM
changed my wheel setting back to proper value afterwards,
looks good though
re: What's the highest speed you have seen on your bike?Rode Warrior
Jan 22, 2002 4:52 PM
50 mph downhill with a broken spoke on the rear wheel. It was during the Heart of Tennessee 100 ride. It was a great ride, but there was no hope of getting the wheel fixed during the ride.
Returned to the first hill I couldn't climb (51.7 mph)SingleThreaded
Jan 22, 2002 6:29 PM
Went back to the only hill that ever tamed me and went the opposite direction. Short and very steep. Gravity and weight of 235 helped. May try again in the late spring when the sand is gone, but don't see any purpose unless 60 is doable. Long hills don't seem to help as much as the short steeps with apparent freefall. Might as well move on to bungee jumping.
58 downhill in Olean NY. 44.5 spring at Tour de Toonawspokes
Jan 22, 2002 8:27 PM
Tour of the Enchanted mountains, I hit 58mph and the Pros blew past me pushing each other down the hill like I was standing still. It was humbling! 44.5 in a flat sprint at the Tour De Toona finale. I won the pack sprint for a 4th place overall. There is a hill locally which you can easily get at least 50 without much effort. It has some cool turns heading into the top then straight drop.
51 mphlook271
Jan 22, 2002 8:31 PM
Moor's Mountain road. If only there wasn't that 'friggin stop sign @ the bottom, it could be higher!
Jan 23, 2002 8:11 AM
Hit 59.4 mph in IM Lake Placid on the long downhill out of town.. I love speed, my girl had just given me a pair of Zipp 404's the day before, and I was feeling like superman. Pedaled like hell on the long downhill to see how fast I could go (am also a bit heavy!), thank god I had moved off the aerobars and to the drops before I started!