40 mph

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by johnr, 31 Aug 2007.

  1. johnr

    johnr Über Member

    First time ever. Did 42mph on the way to work just now - downhill with strong following wind and only for about 100 yards... but the computer won't tell people that.

    Just waiting for the result of the drugs test, and I'll be taking out an add in C+
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  2. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Hey, that's my maximum, too. I remember going over those little speed bump things (not the big ones but the little ones that make that 'buzzing' noise when you're in a car) and nearly cacking myself!
  3. fuzzy29

    fuzzy29 New Member

    Hit 46 going down Dunkery Beacon last week. Excellent fun.
  4. Congrats mate. My best so far is 47.6 on the road bike, only to get stuck behind a car which braked on every bend. Another rider said he's got up to 60 plus on the same stretch. On the work run I use a slower hybrid and the fastest it has got up to is 34.1.
  5. longers

    longers Veteran

    Good going. I've got a hill (Holme Moss) that I know I can go over 50 on. I just need to let go of the brakes a bit more. ;) I have had 48 but that was with a lot of chickening.
  6. terry huckle

    terry huckle New Member

    My fastest was descending from Fuente De, to Potes in the Picos de Europa; on a mountain bike, drafting behind someone. Can`t remember now what his computer said, but it was over 40.


    I know the feeling, got stuck going down a mountain in Italy behind a Fiat Panda, on one of those hairpin roads....he was just getting ahead of me on the straights, but then I had to brake down to a crawl at each bend....frustrating!
  7. CycleWidow

    CycleWidow New Member

    Hubby did 41.3 coming down the Cairn O Mount on Tuesday this week on that Cayo thingy. TO say he is dead chuffed would be a mild understatement.....I have difficulty doing 40mph in the car. In fact my 2.5yr old, Harry, tells me EVERY morning.."mummy you have a slowly car!".;)

    Hmmm I need to get mtself a bike!
  8. Will1985

    Will1985 Über Member

    South Norfolk
    68kmh (42mph) in the UK in the Clent Hills chasing a teammate.

    89kmh (55mph) descending the St Bernard Pass into Switzerland. The top had 4 switchbacks where I passed some cars and then let it rip (admittedly with a wind coming from my 7 o'clock). Parents had driven up to the top and had a bite to eat whilst waiting for me to get up it, then followed down but they took 15km to catch up after I dropped them on the switchbacks!
  9. Joe

    Joe Über Member

    I get up to 43mph on a hill near me. It's scary, I always think my bike is going to fall to pieces!;)
  10. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    South Beds.
    I think 41mph was my top speed years back.......
    On my Bianchi it never seemed stable at high speeds.....but then again the hills I went down always seemed to have blustery sidewinds.....and that made me a mite bit nervous.
  11. got-to-get-fit

    got-to-get-fit New Member

    Yarm, Cleveland
    39.8 coming over the bridge into Yarm town centre .....car drivers looked on in amazement ....my smug look disguised the fact that i was brown staining my undercrackers
  12. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    46.9mph, on the arran coast road heading south into lochranza:biggrin:

    with tent, sleeping bag, trangia etc.
  13. mondobongo

    mondobongo Über Member

    43.79 was brilliant felt rock steady and then the idiot in the Ford Ka pulled in in front of me.
  14. Will1985

    Will1985 Über Member

    South Norfolk
    Possibly Rose Hill going down to that roundabout? Not a place where you want weak brakes!
  15. TimO

    TimO Veteran

    I got close to that coming down Cleeve, but found Cirencester Hill (into Cheltenham) straighter, so traffic tended to be faster on it, and got out of your way before you had to brake!

    I certainly remember hitting slightly over 45mph coming down Cirencester Hill, but that was on my old tourer, so I think I spun out and couldn't get any more force or speed into the toe clips (this was before I started using clipless pedals).

    Definitely fun, but you need a clear road, good brakes, and a stable braking surface!
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