Fastest you've been on your bike?

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by bluezelos, 7 Jun 2019.

  1. Dogtrousers

    Dogtrousers Kilometre nibbler

    I think a bottle brush from your local kitchen equipment store should do the job.
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  2. lazybloke

    lazybloke Über Member

    Surrey Hills
    I've always wanted to break 50 mph on a local steep hill but the surface is like cratered regolith and there's a sharp bend that always has me grabbing onto the brakes. 47 is my best yet.

    Drill into the top 10 times on the Strava leaderboard and there are some awesome peak speeds, well over 50 mph. Some of these look like GPS anomalies, but there's clearly a load of nutters on this hill.
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  3. bladderhead

    bladderhead Well-Known Member

    45 mph. Downhill, tailwind and pedalling. I have COPD so I run out of breath even on that descent. Coasting all the way, I would probably get to 30 mph.

    Climbing it takes several days.
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  4. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    I clocked 41mph on a flat road during a time trial on the E2 near Cambridge in the early nineties. There was a howling tail wind and I can remember the surprised look on a learner drivers face as I overtook her and left her for dead. That was competition record speed, unfortunately ruined by the fact that the leg out to the turn was into the same wind and parts of the course were reduced to little over walking speed.
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  5. Jimidh

    Jimidh Über Member

    I’ve done 55mph down Alpe D’Huez - could have gone faster if they hadn’t put all those bends in the way!!
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  6. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

    55 dropping off the Snake toward Glossop. Looked at the road instead after that.
  7. freiston

    freiston Senior Member

    Back in the early eighties, a friend pulled alongside me on his motorbike and his speedo said about 55mph (on the flat in Lincolnshire). In the nineties, I managed over 40mph downhill a few times (Cateye computer) but now I usually take the opportunity going down hill to stop pedalling and I rarely go over 35 if I do push it. I'm much happier taking it slow nowadays and I can't maintain the effort like I used to.
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  8. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    I had a knackered speedo on my motorbike in the 80s too, I wonder if it was a thing.
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  9. nickyboy

    nickyboy Norven Mankey

    Ever since I had a massive speed wobble and almost totalled it I've been a bit more reticent down that one
    Last edited: 7 Jun 2019
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  10. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    We as lads have chased 'big bikes' down Cat and Fiddle (Buxton side) and Axe Edge - they don't like it when a bunch of pedal bikes catch em up. Pay back for the noise going up.
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  11. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    I've been just short of 50mph a couple of times - first descending into Malton and second riding down Farnley Park (the opposite side of the Wharfe Valley to Otley Chevin),
    On neither occasion was I looking at the Garmin to check the speed at the time :hyper:but I wasn't quite spinning out (52/11) so I reckon 50mph+ is definitely possible.
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  12. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    The fastest I've ever been is about the same speed as Bradley Wiggins averages in a time trial. I was going down Broomfield Hill in Richmond Park at 34mph, scared to death by the appalling road surface and the bends.
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  13. Shut Up Legs

    Shut Up Legs Down Under Member

    Just over 50mph going down the middle section of the descent from Mont Ventoux down to Malaucène. The road's perfect for it, as it's long, straight, steep and smooth. No pedalling required.
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  14. Bonus

    Bonus Über Member

    Ainsa, Spain
    often did 87kmp/h down a lovely open bit of road in South Africa. Could have gone faster with better gearing - I was spinning like a crazy-man.

    Trouble is, you go that fast, then you glance down at that skinny tyre and remember you're wearing paper thin clothes . . . .
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  15. Bonus

    Bonus Über Member

    Ainsa, Spain
    Was it Phil Andreson who used to descent so well at le Tour years ago? Moto's couldn't keep up . . .
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