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

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

  1. Vantage

    Vantage The dogs chew toy

    Richard Balantine wrote as much in his book and its a belief of mine too.
    Can't do it myself though...I'm too slow :rolleyes:
  2. Threevok

    Threevok Four Sprung Pork Technik

    South Wales
    48 mph is the fastest I can find on Strava - and that was downhill on road on a GT Avalanche 2 MTB with knobbly tyres and spinning out.

    Best I don't have a road bike methinks
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  3. boydj

    boydj Guru

    Ultimate max speed does depend somewhat on the quality of the road surface. On the descent into Lochranza on Arran I bailed out just shy of 50mph because my glasses were rattling so much I was having trouble seeing the road. On Mallorca, I went comfortably faster because the road surface was excellent. On a good surface, speed is limited more by gravity and wind resistance, though I think you'd need to be very aero to get much above 55mph or so.
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  4. confusedcyclist

    confusedcyclist Über Member

    You never know what's around the corner

    View: https://youtu.be/rmJMUuu6xfU

    I once reached terminal velocity falling from the lofty heights of me saddle, it wasn't pretty.
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  5. dutchguylivingintheuk

    dutchguylivingintheuk Well-Known Member

    depends on what you have behind you, if i hear a car making much more noise than it has speed because all of it's 'performance' exhaust and tweaks i gladly stop peddling for a few seconds to let them pas rather see them in a tree in front of me then having them next to me for a prolonged time are doing dangerous things just to get past.
  6. Milzy

    Milzy Veteran

    Only 37.5 yesterday but it wasn’t a long or steep hill. I know a few who decende slow & steady but can make up for it by climbing fast.
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