Fastest you've been on your bike?

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

  1. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    The bottom left-hander can be the worst part on there.
     
  2. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    Yes, you could easily drift out on that.

    The nightmare scenario would be to have someone come round the bend on the wrong side of the road - I've had drivers do that to me in the past on other bends! :eek:
     
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  3. rugby bloke

    rugby bloke Veteran

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    According to Strava I hit 48 mph on the drag up from Holborn Circus last night. I know I was giving it the full beans but that does not seem to be a believable number !
     
  4. The Central Scrutinizer

    The Central Scrutinizer Veteran

    Location:
    Essex
    I think the fastest i have been downhill is 45 mph.It didn't seem scary at the time until i got home and thought to myself if a vehicle had pulled out in front of me i would have been toast.
    You have only got to think of what has happened to chris froome to know that it's not going to work out good.
     
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  5. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    It is certainly a stark reminder to avoid risks like taking hands off the bars at speed!

    A friend of mine rode down a Spanish mountain while putting on his windtop. It made me shudder, especially when one sleeve almost got tangled in the back wheel ...
     
  6. MrBeanz

    MrBeanz Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Ontario California
    I live near the mountains so a fast time for me would be 31 MPH average over an 8 mile descent.

    On a short 1 mile hill, Gina and I hit 56 MPH on the tandem, without pedaling!:eek: We didn't want to go that fast but the tandem took us there. Rock solid but too fast so we avoid that course. Bike rock solid but glasses and helmet shaking like a muthah!

    On a single bike, 42 MPH. I did some long mountain rides that had long descents on mountain roads. Can't help but go fast on a 30 mile descent! :becool:

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  7. Kajjal

    Kajjal Über Member

    Location:
    Wheely World
    On road about 50mph but not something I look to do as it is too dangerous with UK roads as they are currently.

    Many years ago Off road by accident I once hit 46mph on a fire road. When it got a lot rougher due to logging lorries rutting the fire road up and then a sharpish corner appeared I was clinging on for my life.
     
  8. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    56 mph on a tandem. :eek: I can't help but picture Mrs Beanz giving you what for at the bottom. ^_^
     
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  9. Shearwater Missile

    Shearwater Missile Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Stowmarket
    34mph downhill at Old Newton past the church. I could go faster but value my life too much ( just too scared ! ). I always think " what if a rabbit or pheasant were to come out of the hedgerow ?". It has happened and I have been lucky. Even so at 34 a rabbit could take me out. When I was younger I never even thought about it. Older and wiser perhaps ? or just Mr Cautious ?
     
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  10. Proto

    Proto Guru

    Not sure if this counts, from a post of mine a page back. Daughter not on Cyclechat but it’s verified on Strava. I’ll find a link if you’re desperate.

    “Daughter managed 59.6 mph somewhere near the Italian/Swiss/Austrian border. Rode up Stelvio and down into Austria. Bit of a nutter, no idea where she gets it from“
     
  11. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    It counts. :thumbsup:
     
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  12. Proto

    Proto Guru

    The human Fear Gland doesn’t fully develop until the age of ~30+. Sometimes later and in rare cases it doesn’t develop at all (e.g. TT and Irish Road Racers).

    PS here’s daughter’s ride.
    https://www.strava.com/activities/352644402
    She’s possibly gone faster in races but doesn’t put many of her rides up, so unconfirmed.
     
    Last edited: 16 Jun 2019
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  13. Shearwater Missile

    Shearwater Missile Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Stowmarket
    Ah, that`s what it is. Now I know !
     
  14. C R

    C R Über Member

    Location:
    Worcester
    That's interesting. With me seems to have been the other way. I was always quite scared of speed when younger, but not so much now I'm 47.

    The problem I have now is that I can't be fast going uphill, though.
     
  15. Tigerbiten

    Tigerbiten Veteran

    My downhill speeds are roughly starting from 20 mph on a 2% down, if I double the gradient then I add roughly 10 mph to my speed.
    How accurate that is depends on how much of head/tail wind I have on the day.
    So around 16% down, it possible for me to top 50 mph and at that speed I stop pedalling.
    But none of my local hill are steep/long enough for me to spin out on.
    I have reached 55 mph a couple of times now.
    But I much prefer pedalling slowly in top gear down the long alpine type descents at around 40 mph.
     
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