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Old 09-02-2009, 11:42 AM   #21
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I had one of those old spedos.....

Said I hit in the low 50s... but who knows how accurate they are...

I was YOUNG... like 18 or 19... and I could not go any faster... the pedals were free wheeling at that time no matter how fast I pedeled.... the bike was shaking like all get out... when you are young, you do not think about the result of a crash (also, without helmet back then)....
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Old 09-02-2009, 12:04 PM   #22
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First time I saw one of those was after I got to the US at age 17. I did marvel at it. Did not see wheel diameter compensation on them.
Never saw one in the old country.
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:43 PM   #23
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First time I saw one of those was after I got to the US at age 17. I did marvel at it. Did not see wheel diameter compensation on them.
Never saw one in the old country.
IIRC, you bought one for your wheel diameter... if you bought wrong, well, you were either 'faster' or 'slower'....
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:47 PM   #24
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40 mph in manual wheelchair behind a harley once. whoopee
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43mph is my fastest verified speed, bombing downhill on a skinny tire road bike.

I think I might have reached 45-50mph on a hybrid bike, drafting a truck on a rural road in France. It was the end of a long day when I just wanted to get to my destinatio. So me and my riding partner stayed in the slipstream of a large Van sized truck for 6 miles or so. The other rider in our group, who was too chicken smart to draft was so pissed at us.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:43 PM   #26
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30 and I didn't like it. I don't mind doing 20-25 on flat surfaces but I don't like walking or biking down steep hills. The walking is because I don't trust my knees to give out, the biking is because I always feel like I am going to fall over the handlebars. Ask me next year after I get my recumbent trike.
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Well, according to the speedometer I hit 35 once. Of course, that was on an exercise bike.

On a bike with tires I doubt if I've ever exceeded 30. I'm not much of a bike rider. I have to keep stopping to get that little thing they call a seat out of my crack.
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Old 09-02-2009, 05:17 PM   #28
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Most I've done is 36 downhill and pedaling, not sure I want to go any faster at my age. Always runs through my mind 'if I fall off now...'

I watch the Tour de France every year and see them going 50mph or more down mountain passes and I think 'not me mon frere.'
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Old 09-02-2009, 05:20 PM   #29
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You guys are maniacs...50MPH? 60MPH? My max was probably about 35, but seemed double that. It's the only time that I became concerned that I would have a blow out with my front tire.
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How fast are you moving when you're in free-fall, somersaulting in the air down a mountainside? 'Cause that's probably close to the fastest I've ever gone while bicycling.

Come to think of it, that doesn't count, since I was separated from my mountain bike at the time.

Ok, so probably only about 35 mph then, on campus when late to class.
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55+ something coming down Carson Pass. It's been 10 years, so I don't recall exactly what, but I do remembering marveling, "Wow, I'm going at freeway speeds."

The east side of Carson Pass was freshly repaved that year, so there were no potholes to avoid. It was just a big black ribbon of asphalt.
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My GPS records the fastest speed during a trip. I rarely look at my max speed, but once it read 109 mph. Probably a GPS glitch of some sort - my lifetime max is probably around 30-40 mph
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I routinely draft cars and trucks going 35 to 40 mph. Once my speedometer reported I was going 89 mph, but it was a wireless cyclometer and I was riding under some transmission power lines.

I am told that if you peddle fast while adjusting your analog watch backwards that you can go the speed of light.
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I think I hit 40 mph at times. I had a digital spedometer, but it was 20 years ago and I don't really remember.

Once going at maybe 30-35 mph downhill I got a puncture, but it fortunately wasn't a blowout. I was able to stop without losing control.

Now, the time that I rode into a telephone pole, it was a good thing I wasn't going more than 12 mph...
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I too was one of the ones near or just past 60... exhilarating at the time... stupid now... but was going down the million dollar highway from Silverton after climbing up along lime creek road on the bike... so much rattling on the bike when I got near the end near Durango I stood up on the bike only to have my seat leave the bike as the bolt sheared off on the trek down...
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