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Fastest speeds you've attainded while riding....(31 posts)

Fastest speeds you've attainded while riding....scottfromcali
Jan 17, 2003 11:11 AM
on the flats propelling yourself and riding down hills. For me, 32 (which I probably held for a whole 30 secs) and 45 down a winding hill close to my house.
this was done in august...here it isJS Haiku Shop
Jan 17, 2003 11:17 AM
DougSloan "Poll: What's the Fastest You Have Gone (and Where)?" 8/6/02 6:54am
Since I didn't participate in poll #1PaulCL
Jan 17, 2003 11:51 AM
On flats..no idea. In the 30's

Downhill: 60+ flying down the Fremont Pass in Colorado. Scary. That's the time you start questioning the physical limitations of your bike. As in.."how old is that front tire???"
32 on my onespeed; around 60 on my road bike. (nm)onespeed
Jan 17, 2003 12:04 PM
wow - what was your cadence on your onespeed? nmPdxMark
Jan 17, 2003 1:25 PM
I only know it was brutal. Fixed gear with 42/16. (nm)onespeed
Jan 17, 2003 1:35 PM
see link...42/16, 700x23, 172.5, 30 mph = 150 rpm...JS Haiku Shop
Jan 17, 2003 2:20 PM
JS Haiku Shop "Still trying to improve my cadence, any advice?" 1/16/03 12:44pm
32 on fixed gear as wellTig
Jan 17, 2003 5:23 PM
I was told after a brutal sprint that our top speed was 32.5 MPH (I don't use a computer on my fixed bike). Using a 39 X 15 is almost exactly the same as your 42 X 16. I felt like my legs were attached to a giant sewing machine! Even with plenty of fast twitch muscle, things get wild over 140 RPM.
re: Fastest speeds you've attainded while riding....katie1
Jan 17, 2003 12:14 PM
59 mph go down Hogpen. I shall never repeat that insane speed!!
re: Fastest speeds you've attainded while riding....12x23
Jan 17, 2003 3:29 PM
Yep, that "grainy" pavement down the backside of Hogpen makes my eyeballs dance and causes me about as much worry as the grade itself.

Several years ago doing Six Gap an older couple in an old 911 targa (pristine, silver Sunday car) sat *right on* my butt all the way down Hogpen. This unnerved the crap out of me. Near the bottom the guy pulls up beside me and says, "you realize you were going about 65 mph!" I said, "No, but if I'd popped a tire could you have avoided running over me?" He drove off all pi$$ed.

He'd really been upset if I told him his German speedo was off by _ mph. ;-)
49.6 mphmohair_chair
Jan 17, 2003 12:35 PM
Hwy 1, just north of Davenport (north of Santa Cruz). That seems to be my theoretical maximum. I want to go faster, I try to go faster, but I just don't weigh enough.
re: Fastest speeds you've attainded while riding....PEDDLEFOOT
Jan 17, 2003 12:36 PM
41 on a downhill at about mile 90 of a century ride last year.That got the juices flowing for the last 10 miles.
re: Fastest speeds you've attainded while riding....Qubeley
Jan 17, 2003 12:47 PM
On my fixed gear(39-16 gearing):
35mph all out sprint on flat.
39.5mph down a long descend, yes, that's over 200rpm. My butt were all over the place by then.

On my road bike(39-50/11-21):
39mph field sprint in races.
56mph downhill.

It's interesting to see the top sprint only increased by 4mph with all those extra gears.
re: Fastest speeds you've attainded while riding....MR_GRUMPY
Jan 17, 2003 12:54 PM
38 mph in a field sprint in a 53X13. Now, I always bring a 12.
Work on your spin53T
Jan 17, 2003 1:04 PM
flat 39 mph in a friendly sprint, peak season 53x14
downhill 47 mph Bow NH Road Race
legs were hammeredMR_GRUMPY
Jan 17, 2003 6:45 PM
It was at the end of a 65 mile road race. I was lucky to make top 10.
34 on flat , no wind, but 42 drafting a dump truck..(nm)Snyder
Jan 17, 2003 2:04 PM
48 mph downhill spinning at 124 rpmContinental
Jan 17, 2003 2:05 PM
I was trying to hit 50 mph. Gravity wasn't enough so I was spinning in a 52/11 trying to hit the magic 50. The hill and my legs ran out at about the same time. I don't think this is prudent, but it is a cheap thrill and I want to hit 50.
re: Fastest speeds you've attainded while riding....desert-rider
Jan 17, 2003 2:40 PM
On flat ground (by myself), I've hit 34mph. For descents, I've hit 56mph on Sky Line Drive, VA. Probably not the brightest idea, seeing that I'd never seen the road before...
2 mph, baybeee!PseuZQ
Jan 17, 2003 3:23 PM
...on a grade in the high teens without falling.

Downhill, I've gone 51.4. (Monitor pass.) Hope that will increase this summer.
46.1 mphvindicator
Jan 17, 2003 4:04 PM
On a fun downhill in a state park in suburban St. Louis that has a very short, extra steep section at the end. You can really crank it up down the main part of the hill and get a little of that roller coaster/airborne sensation when it feels like you're leaving the ground (which of course you aren't) as you crest the downward bend in the hill. I've done this one a few times and the speedo usually records around 45, but I got 46.1 last time I went out there (last month on a rare 60 degree December afternoon).
Must be Babler State ParkContinental
Jan 17, 2003 5:31 PM
I occasionally ride there, and it's where I hit my highest speed, too.
That's the one!vindicator
Jan 18, 2003 3:21 PM
Of course, it's got some of the steepest climbs to go with those top speeds!
re: 54 drafting a 240lbs guy..jrm
Jan 17, 2003 5:00 PM
On a 4200. it was cool in that once i hit 54 the guy started pulling away from me. Now thats descending....
re: Fastest speeds you've attainded while riding....Roger H
Jan 17, 2003 6:33 PM
41 coasting down a long hill and 42 sprinting down a very modest grade near my house. Funny, the 41 seemed a lot faster.
Yeah baby!! Death Ride, see you there this summer.scottfromcali
Jan 18, 2003 12:54 AM
52.3 downhillfrankamo
Jan 18, 2003 6:26 AM
re: Fastest speeds you've attainded while riding....eclipse1
Jan 19, 2003 7:49 AM
42 on a flat out sprint spinning at 150. over 60 on a hill when national speed limit was 55, the expression on the driver as i passed them was fun, but the expansion joints on the highway where scary.
63 MPH on Mauithe Phantom
Jan 19, 2003 3:13 PM
63 MPH for down Mt Haleakla access road on Maui. The road is the longest hill on earth at about 40 miles from sealevel to 10,000+ feet. Well worth the trip for the ultimate ride. Typical average speeds on the descent will be 35+ for about an hour. Very sick stuff indeed. The perfect road??
Wheeee!PseuZQ
Jan 19, 2003 10:25 PM
Haleakela is up there on the list of stretch goals, as in, "fun to think about, but has a slim margin of actual attainability."

How'd your back hold up on that long a descent? How long to climb it?

I've stayed at a Paia dump a couple of times to windsurf, and I've always sorta gazed longingly up at Haleakela. When I was there, I was actively dissuaded by "real cyclists" from doing the van shuttle up/cruiser down thing, so I passed.
need some novel categories!!!DougSloan
Jan 20, 2003 8:36 AM
The "fastest" threads have been done many times. How about some new categories?

1. Fastest in the rain? (about 50 mph)

2. Fastest in the last week? (54 Saturday)

3. Fastest on fixed gear? (36)

4. Fastest with no hands? (about 15)

5. Fastest while having a flat tire? (46)

6. Fastest around a corner? (over 55)

7. Fastest within 10 miles of your house? (56)

8. Fastest in a racing field sprint? (42)

9. Fastest on a mountain bike? (55)

10.Fastest on aerobars? (56)

More categories?