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New Poll! Maximum terminal velocity on your fixed gear?(8 posts)

New Poll! Maximum terminal velocity on your fixed gear?look271
Mar 11, 2002 5:12 PM
Today: 32mph (downhill, of course) 42-16 gearing.Had to ease off at that point before I bounced off the bike!
I think the record stands above 167 mph ...Humma Hah
Mar 11, 2002 5:42 PM
... drafting a truck with a bike who's chainwheel was about the size of the rear wheel. Don't know the ratio but the first number would certainly have three digits and the last would probably barely have two.
I think you're right. However....look271
Mar 11, 2002 5:49 PM
I meant those of us mortals who do so w/out the aid of drafting and REALLY BIG chainrings. :-)
Warren Millergrzy
Mar 12, 2002 10:08 AM
I did see footage of a French woman riding a MTB on a speed skiing course in a Warren Miller ski movie a bunch of years ago. It was purely a gravity affair and she wasn't pedaling. She wiped out at around 134 mph - INSANE!
Warren Miller-insane!look271
Mar 12, 2002 5:42 PM
Funny you should mention him. Watched one of his videos on OLN last night. Part of it was several guys on MTB's w/ studs in their tires attempting to ride down a steep-a#$ drop-off in the snow. Major wipe-outs! I believe that these guys HAD to be insane.
re: New Poll! Maximum terminal velocity on your fixed gear?Ray Sachs
Mar 12, 2002 5:31 AM
I've done 32 mph for over a minute on a downhill with a 42x18, which gets me up over 160 rpm. I was pretty smooth, but couldn't have maintained it much longer. I've read of track riders getting up well above 200 rpm, and they're turning much bigger gears than I am, so I'd imagine their speeds are pretty high.

-Ray
I think I've cracked 40 once or twiceAlex-in-Evanston
Mar 12, 2002 8:45 AM
On the track with a motorpace leadout. 50/15

Alex
Somebody broke 100 more than a century agoAlexx
Mar 12, 2002 11:51 AM
He was drafting a Long-Island Railroad train on a specially prepared section of track. The bike had a big-@$$ chainring, the rider wore wool shorts, a cap, and a handlebar moustache. The bike had upside-down priest bars, no brakes, probably what we would call 'wide tubulars' today. It was, essentially, a specialised track bike. There used to be something about it on the LIRR website, probably in honor of the 100th anniversary of this record-it stood for many years, too.