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Poll: What's the Fastest You Have Gone (and Where)?(33 posts)

Poll: What's the Fastest You Have Gone (and Where)?jose_Tex_mex
Aug 5, 2002 12:49 PM
re: Poll: What's the Fastest You Have Gone (and Where)?SimonRex
Aug 5, 2002 2:06 PM
42 mph on a flat stretch of road in Florida.
It's going to be tough to break out of the 40's in FL.jose_Tex_mex
Aug 5, 2002 4:30 PM
Most anything over 45 in my experience is just a hill/aero thing.
You'll have to go a little North...
Death ValleyDougSloan
Aug 5, 2002 2:09 PM
64 mph east side Townes Pass, Death Valley, Ca. Drops from 5,000 feet to below sea level. Did this at night, too. That's on a bike.

160 mph in car. Not saying when or where.

Doug
Death ValleyCHRoadie
Aug 5, 2002 2:20 PM
Was that during the FC508?
one timeDougSloan
Aug 5, 2002 2:36 PM
The night time was during the 508. Another time was the spring of 2001.

Doug
one timeCHRoadie
Aug 5, 2002 2:42 PM
64mph at night while fighting off sleep deprivation. My hat is off to you!
u dog? no recuerdo. nmmorrison
Aug 5, 2002 5:26 PM
si nmDougSloan
Aug 6, 2002 6:54 AM
160mph in a carPMC
Aug 5, 2002 4:23 PM
You don't happen to hag out with Pete Fagerlin on the MTBR board by any chance do you? :-)
ONLY 160 in a car, that is SLOW ! .......IAmtnbikr
Aug 6, 2002 3:46 AM
just kidding, here is what I raced for 3 yrs until early 1998. Most often right at the 200 MPH area with.....I doubt you guessed it- a 388" supercharged alcohol-burning small block Chevy. Won the Midwest Funncy Car Association championship in 1997. Won their last race in '96, and first one in '98 also. Not enough time anymore though, our little one is 3 now and my wife would kill me if I were gone every weekend.
45 on a bike,PhatMatt
Aug 6, 2002 8:00 AM
45 coming down a few small hills in my area.(the bike can go faster I can not)
125 diriving up to blacksfoot ID
81 in a bobsled
Odometer said 1 mile in 58 seconds ...Humma Hah
Aug 5, 2002 2:19 PM
... I won't swear it was right, but I was definitely cookin' down that scarry-assed hill in SW Virginia.

On a level road, with a slight tailwind, I've just nudged past 29 mph a few times, and I've hit that same speed indicated on the computer accelerating down the back straight of a velodrome, with the gravity assist dropping out of the turn. Not bad for a singlespeed cruiser, pretty pathetic if it were on a roadbike.
what's the fastest anyone has gone on a fixed gear?DougSloan
Aug 5, 2002 3:13 PM
Now that is something to brag about. Oh, and it doesn't count unless you rode up the hill in the same gear, too.

36 mph for me.

Doug
70mph/Fremont pass COrob45
Aug 5, 2002 4:17 PM
This was in a group--a very long straight section of downhill. Thought it was fast til I talked with John Howard, who did 150+ mph, the record still I believe.
fixed???? nmDougSloan
Aug 5, 2002 4:42 PM
what's the fastest anyone has gone on a fixed gear?GTDave
Aug 6, 2002 6:11 AM
I've had my computer register 47 on 42X14 (I think that's around 185-190 rpms) Since I went to the 42x16 I have only caught 35, which is hard, but repeatable. so I wonder about the first score???
57 mph - Bear Mountain, Harriman State Park NYjose_Tex_mex
Aug 5, 2002 4:33 PM
Just cannot seem to get anything steeper, longer, or myself more aero to get to 60.
Now that's nuts...biknben
Aug 6, 2002 8:33 AM
I know that road. That pavement is not friendly. Kudoes to you.
Relatively contolled conditionsjose_Tex_mex
Aug 6, 2002 3:08 PM
I am not too sure of the road's name. If you are going up the hill from the lodge and instead of going though the gates for the second half continue on.

There wasn't a soul out, visibility was great, and I could see a great deal ahead. Just sprint on the flat and downhill part and let the slope do the rest. Someone went ahead to ensure there were no deer out - for what it was worth.

Unlike the "cuts" in the road on Seven Lakes Drive this part of the hill is pretty smooth. I would never consider doing this speed from the very top - the road is just not good enough. Even down to the bottom the slope just isn't enough. It's all in the sprint.
re: Poll: What's the Fastest You Have Gone (and Where)?davee
Aug 5, 2002 4:56 PM
38 mph on the downside of a bridge (Pensacola FL) I meant to start braking earlier.
re: Poll: What's the Fastest You Have Gone (and Where)?nn23
Aug 5, 2002 5:22 PM
Often crossed the 40-45 mph, but most of them were just very short very steep slopes (cant call them hills) and were no fun at all because it all gets over in 20 seconds or so.

CA-9, Hwy-84 come to mind as great fast fun decents with lots of turns and last several minutes. Negotiating all those turns, sure feels FAST and is a lot more fun, but I doubt I've ever crossed 40 mph on one of those.
520 mph on a DC-10 (nm)Alexx
Aug 5, 2002 5:32 PM
if we are counting planes, grzy has us all beatDougSloan
Aug 6, 2002 6:31 AM
He was a fighter pilot. Mach ??

Doug
re: Poll: What's the Fastest You Have Gone (and Where)?aliensporebomb
Aug 6, 2002 2:32 AM
On a bike:

When I was 26-27 yrs old, 62.5 mph on a downhill with a 25 mph tailwind.

Freaking scary, trying to outrun an incoming thunderstorm. I didn't win.

As I was heading east like a bat out of heck about 3/4ths of a mile after the hill
I got soaked to the skin by rain and at one point it started hailing. OUCH.

I was nuts back then I think.

Since I started riding again four years ago:
45 mph on the same downhill last summer.

This season:
33.3 mph on the TCR2 this past sunday.
45 mphtarwheel
Aug 6, 2002 3:59 AM
Nothing to brag about, but I've hit 45 mph twice -- in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and in Southern Ohio on the GOBA ride, which is notable for the fact that it was a group ride with 3,000 people, many of whom don't appear to ride a bike otherwise. That made it rather scary, particularly after passing a seatpack in the middle of the road about halfway down the hill. I am admittedly a wimp when it comes to downhills when I'm riding with a group and exceeding 40 mph. At about 35 mph, I start think about all of the what ifs -- eg, what if I have a blowout, or hit a pothole, gravel, etc.
50 & spare change, with brakes. chattanooga, tn. (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Aug 6, 2002 4:32 AM
Fastest I've gone on rollers...joekm
Aug 6, 2002 4:46 AM
Last Friday, on my rollers clipped into my SPD's and without front wheel support I hit 43.0 mph according to my cyclocomputer.

rollers started making a lot of noise at that speed so I backed off.
145-150 MPH, S.Dakota, 3A.M., Very stupid!!!!Quack
Aug 6, 2002 7:21 AM
I forgot this was a bicycling forum. That speed was attained on a Ducati motorcycle under a full moon across the barren wasteland that is South Dakota. Fastest speed on a road bike is currently 43.4MPH in a club sprint drafting off a Cat 1 guy. There aren't any hills to speak of in my area so speeds above 40 are really tough to do unless there are monster tailwinds or drafts.
Depends... is the banking on a track a hill??? :) (nm)PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Aug 6, 2002 8:15 AM
56 mph...Okemo Mtn Vermontbiknben
Aug 6, 2002 8:35 AM
Hit 52.6 mph in Jersey this past weekend.
re: Poll: What's the Fastest You Have Gone (and Where)?gbk
Aug 6, 2002 9:24 AM
Hi

59 miles over 5km decent in sweden

Gustav, Denmark
Speed: two wheels, four wheels, no wheels.Turtleherder
Aug 6, 2002 10:35 AM
The fastest down hill was 53 mph outside of St. Louis. Got up to 47 mph on the flats with the help of a 35 mile an hour tailwind. Hit 160 mph in a car, won't say where or when on a public board. The biggest speed rush is on the water, 103 mph in a hydroplane I built way back in my youth.