Highest Ever Speed ?

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  1. yak

    yak New Member

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    62 mph coming down Munson Road in East Longmeadow, MA on a cool dry day.

    I haven't been able to break 56 since that day, it seems that humid air provides too much resistance.

    And it's scary every time, especially the first time when the redneck in a pickup truck blew past us on the other side of the yellow line.
     


  2. little_chicken

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    85 kph in a tuck position while racing in the rain going down a 16% incline.. pretty sure I would not try this again .. although it was fun
     
  3. Durangodave

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    Between 52mph and 56mph, on a mountain bike on a straight, vertical, and somewhat rutted fire-road called "Velocity" in Marin County, CA. That was in the pre-suspension, pre-indexed-shifting era. But we did have those little Avocet cycle computers.
     
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  5. pinarello_32

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    35mph on my old Ribble, unassisted.
     
  6. xxguitarist

    xxguitarist New Member

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    30ish flat ground no wind, and today my cyclometer recorded 50.4 mph while riding in a triathlon..im not sure if it glitched or if it's accurate, but that's what it says..
     
  7. David_Zen

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    I'd doubt that you reached such a speed if you weren't going down any steep/long hills or a strong tailwind. It's possible that on a (wind-assisted) sprint or downhill you would reach such a speed. Otherwise, it's doubtful.

    By the way, David, how long is the ride across Belize?
     
  9. xxguitarist

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    there were some pretty steep hills .. it was in an area that i dont usually ride, and since it was a tri, i had a reason to be working at it.. still though, im not sure its accurate
     
  10. mmpc001

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    Well, it's not as impressive as some of you guys, but I got up to about 42MPH during a long descent this weekend during the Tour de Cure! I was pretty excited and actually yelled out "YAY GRAVITY!" while passing some other cyclists. LOL. Okay, so I'm a geek...
     
  11. rayner

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    Nothing special yet as Ive only just moved off restricted gearing (83 inch 6.5m rollout). Hit 88kph (55mph) a couple of months ago on a fairly long downhill in a race. That was in the 52x13 (173rpm). Previous best was 85kph (53.125mph) on a training ride in the 39x13 (223 rpm). On the flat my greatest cadence at the moment is 209 (45kph in the 39x23 with a bit of a tailwind)
     
  12. cydewaze

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    56mph going uphill!


    Just kidding, I was going downhill. ;)
     
  13. Trek1000

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    48 mph kennesaw mountain
     
  14. Columbia

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    45 MPH on 52x12. It's so low for three reasons

    1) There are no straight descents where I live
    2) I dont wear a brain bucket (helmet)
    3) Restricted gearing (you seniors dont know how good you've got it!)
     
  15. birdman23

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    Where at in Utah was this. I live in Utah and would like to try this monster out!
     
  16. IMHooker

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    While suffering from severe hyponatremia during the 2001 Ironman Japan, I equalled my highest ever speed on a descent.

    The next day, after spending the night in the hospital (and getting 6 IV bags of fluids), I picked up my bike... the computer noted a top speed of 55mph (89km/hr)... which I consider quite frightening as I have almost no recollection of the later half of the 180km bike leg; which included this fast descent. I never want to be that mentally messed up on a bike again.

    BTW: my bike split was about 6h15m

     
  17. gdiza

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    one hill in cape town, it goes into hout bay, very long down hill, if you go down and u pedal your best on your hardest gear, i'm telling you, u hit 70/80km/h easily!!!!

    but, once u get to the bottom, if u look up, u dont the hell wanna cycle back up that hill!!! haha!
     
  18. izzodesh

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    mine is abotu 58mph and my bike was shaking like crazyyyyyyyyyyyy!
    it was at a race at university of new hampshire
     
  19. cydewaze

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    The bike can be a major factor on decents. Back when I had my old Cannondale crit frame, I would pull around 50 on a decent up in central PA, and it was always a white-knuckled experience. When I finally built up my OCLV frame, the decent was so calm, I felt like I could eat lunch on the way down. Never figured out why the Cannondale was so hairy on the decents.
     
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