Why I dont go more than 25 mph, even downhill.

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by Dave7, 22 Feb 2019.

  1. lazybloke

    lazybloke Über Member

    Surrey Hills
    I take descents much more slowly when not wearing a piece of expanded polystyrene on my head.

    I know lids are no good in a high speed crash, but risk compensation clearly doesn't listen to logic.
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  2. MontyVeda

    MontyVeda a short-tempered ill-controlled small-minded troll

    isn't it always? :rolleyes:
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  3. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Same here, plus there's no one to feed BigCat if I'm incapacitated.
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  4. Salty seadog

    Salty seadog Space Cadet...(3rd Class...)

    Don't tell me you're hitting 27mph, you crazy fool, the human body cannot cope with this red hot maximum pace. Your innards would melt.......this may explain the y fronts.
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  5. Salty seadog

    Salty seadog Space Cadet...(3rd Class...)

    Still to break 50mph, my highest recorded is 49.6mph.
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  6. tyred

    tyred Legendary Member

    Life is too short to waste rushing around like an idiot. Slow down and enjoy the ride.
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  7. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Enjoy the free speed gravity gives you.
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  8. Markymark

    Markymark Guest

    25 mph on a steep hill sounds about right to me. Probably a bit faster when going back down the other side.
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  9. Nebulous

    Nebulous Veteran

    I'm an adrenaline junkie. Going downhill fast on a bike is the best bit. I had a longtime ambition to break 50mph and finally did it last year, which was a bit of an anti-climax.

    Prior to that on a steep narrow country road with a sharp corner about 2/3rds of the way down I was convinced I'd done it. I was too busy trying to slow down enough to manage the corner to look at my garmin, but I got home, plugged it in to my computer and found 49.9mph.

    I also broke 49 on Glenshee, it would have been more, but there was a large bird of prey sitting on a rabbit in the middle of the road and I began to worry that it would fly off just as I reached it. I imagined it hitting me in the chest and killing both of us.

    Finally the night before the etape caledonia I did part of the course as a short ride to test my legs. Heading backdown to Pitlochry, against the direction of the route I hit a deep pothole at about 40mph on a tight corner. I swear, my wheel bounced out of the pothole, the front wheel moved sideways about 18" to 2' and I somehow managed to stay upright and carry on.

    I think one reason I'm so willing to accept risk is that I've never had a bad accident. The ones I have had I've been able to rationalise (as somebody else's fault.)
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  10. Did you sense a knocking noise which became louder and then a voice saying " Hello , can I come in ? It isn't half cold out here ? "
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  11. mudsticks

    mudsticks Über Member

    Aha that would be it then.

    Fair play to you.. So long as I'm not coming up the steep narrow country road as you descend at 49.5mph :eek:.

    When you've had a few more "Wow that was seriously painful" type incidents you start to be a little more cautious maybe?

    I've had gravel in so deep that it took ten years to work its way out again (quite exciting when it actually does emerge)

    Plus did enough charging about on hoss back as a kid to develop an aversion to hitting the ground quickly.

    Think my body would prefer i leave the speed induced adrenalin to the youngsters now :cycle:
    Last edited: 23 Feb 2019
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  12. DCBassman

    DCBassman Veteran

    Injuries requiring such niceties as joint replacement (ok, am an oldie too) can happen at any speed, in my case at between 0 and 2 mph...
    If it's gonna hurt, it's gonna hurt no matter your speed!
  13. mudsticks

    mudsticks Über Member

    Indeed esp on a bike - if you achieve 0 mph, and forget to put yr feet down :rolleyes:

    But that doesn't hurt so bad as falling off at speed - ime
  14. DCBassman

    DCBassman Veteran

    It certainly reduced the gravel rash a lot!
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  15. mudsticks

    mudsticks Über Member

    But then, on the other hand, hurt pride can take longer to heal than mere mortal flesh :blush:
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