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    What's Your Max Speed?

    What's the fastest you've ever been on your bike? I'd be willing to bet that some of you guys have some ludicrous speeds especially if you've spent any time in the Rockies or big mountains in Europe! I've got some good descents in my area, but nothing more than a few miles long.

    My max speed is on a local hill that, according to Strava, is 1.4 miles long with an average grade of -12%. I covered it in 1:51 at an average speed of 47.6 mph with a maximum speed of 70.2 mph.

    How fast can you go?

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    Fast enough. I'm sure i could go faster, but it'll do.
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    Is this an internet penis size troll thread?

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    Back in the early 80's riding down a freshly paved Ute Pass into Colorado Springs - my old Cateye computer maxed out at 55mph. At that point the display just flashed and wouldn't go any higher.

    I have zero interest in doing anything like that now that I'm a lot older and a bit wiser. Common sense usually overcomes my desire to do really stupid things these days.

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    Yeah, the adrenal glands no longer kick like they used, to which makes death-defying stunts no longer worth it.

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    45 mph pedaling down hill - An interesting question would be top speed with the qualifiers on flat ground no significant tail wind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by factory feel View Post
    Is this an internet penis size troll thread?
    You stole my answer. Either way let me get the popcorns..

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    We don't have anything that straight and steep at the same time, so I doubt I will ever hit 60mph, let alone 70mph. My max on any particular ride is between 45-52mph..usually on the lower end of that range. I just don't weigh enough to go much faster on the typical grades here before braking would be highly advised.

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    Didn't realize this was such a touchy subject... sorry! Any other forbidden ride metrics?

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    Real or based on GPS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Got Time View Post
    Real or based on GPS?
    From my computer, highest max speed ever was 129 mph.

    I'm older now, and never see that number or even close to it. Not since I replaced that computer. But back in the day, every time it rained, I hit 129 mph.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TDFbound View Post

    My max speed is on a local hill that, according to Strava, is 1.4 miles long with an average grade of -12%. I covered it in 1:51 at an average speed of 47.6 mph with a maximum speed of 70.2 mph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TDFbound View Post
    Didn't realize this was such a touchy subject...
    It's not touchy. It's meaningless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TDFbound View Post
    Didn't realize this was such a touchy subject... sorry! Any other forbidden ride metrics?
    That's because it's been covered about 1x10 to the 10th times before. It is like a penis size thread. People are skeptical, people exaggerate and in the grand scheme of things; going fast downhill in a road bike is far less important than your speed on the flats and going uphill.

    For the record, leaving BC going out Alfred Harrell hwy there is a 7% +/- down. I also had a Cateye that maxed at 55. Probably the same unit as Migen. Depending on the day it would be reading 53-55mph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TDFbound View Post
    Didn't realize this was such a touchy subject... sorry! Any other forbidden ride metrics?
    MPH over the posted speed limit.

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    While MTBing one time, during getting air, I was going 32 ft per second, per second (9.7536 m / s2 for those of you who are hobbled by the so-called metric system). I was accelerating toward terminal velocity for the local atmospheric pressure, which works out to about 120 miles per hour. Then I landed safely.

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    Somtimes GPS calculation can be off. There's a stretch of .8 mile @ 9% road here, and usually I could only top out at 48 mph max if I tucked (i'm 120 lbs). But one day Strava showed me maxing out at 71 mph! I know that didn't happen.

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    I once maxxed out on my bike at 150mph. That's when I became airborne. Then I woke up.
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    Do you mean down hill, on the flats, or in a field sprint????........I once came close to the speed of light, but I had to slow down because I was beginning to weigh too much........And then I died.
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    My fastest was going downhill on a paved road riding my mountain bike, 60 mph.

    I'm terrified to go that fast on my road bike because of the headfirst position and relatively twitchy handling. I may have gone 47 mpg on the road bike but I don't really remember.

    I think my erect penis is about 6.5" but I'm not certain of that and I don't actually think that's what the thread is about. I mean really, how many topics on this board HAVEN'T been hashed out repeatedly over the years? Who likes to wear headphones on rides?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TDFbound View Post
    Didn't realize this was such a touchy subject... sorry! Any other forbidden ride metrics?
    go to your room

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    Quote Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
    Somtimes GPS calculation can be off. There's a stretch of .8 mile @ 9% road here, and usually I could only top out at 48 mph max if I tucked (i'm 120 lbs). But one day Strava showed me maxing out at 71 mph! I know that didn't happen.
    I'm not sure how much error the GPS could have had on my downhill- I did notice the computer reading 67 mph towards the middle but I didn't look at it again until the bottom.

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    42. do I win?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davelikestoplay View Post
    42. do I win?
    You can win if you want to. Apparently mentioning speed is taboo, so 42 is as good a winning number as any. Whoever thought a forum for a sport that is won by being the fastest would so dislike the topic of max speed? I'm usually a bit disappointed if I finish a day in the mountains without breaking 60.

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    I can't ride 55.

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