top speed

andy610
andy610 Posts: 602
edited August 2009 in Road beginners
just managed to beat my top speed downhill 42.4mph
«134

Comments

  • spasypaddy
    spasypaddy Posts: 5,180
    thats funny cos i did something similar today but it was over 45mph :D it really is quick at that speed!
  • Mine so far is 36.9mph, but i have only had 4 rides so far.
    It felt quicker i must be honest.
    Just a fat bloke on a bike
  • redddraggon
    redddraggon Posts: 10,862
    40.4 Mph is my top speed.
    I like bikes...

    Twitter
    Flickr
  • McBain_v1
    McBain_v1 Posts: 5,237
    Highest ever speed recorded when I was 20 in French Alps - 52.3mph :shock: It scared the $h1t out of me and I have never even approached that speed again. These days I hit the brakes once it gets above 35mph :oops:

    What do I ride? Now that's an Enigma!
  • Max_Man
    Max_Man Posts: 185
    Struggle to get higher than 35-36mph on my slicked MTB...hopefully shatter that soon with the new road bike... :D
  • 62 mph :shock:
    many years back now - on a snowy mountains tour I did
    but I have belted down at 60 mph many times

    nowdays I ride the track so not quite that fast, more like 41-42 mph max when sprinting
  • Droops
    Droops Posts: 204
    I did 43.8 mph a few weeks ago, but two things became apparent which will make me think twice about cranking it up to that level again:
    1. The increased gyroscopic effect of your wheels turning at that speed means that even small changes in direction need a bigger effort and precise timing.
    2. Kinetic energy = mass x velocity SQUARED. Put bluntly, this means yer brakes are effin' useless at 40+ mph!!
    Ride carefully, my friends.
  • i need to get myself to sydney and hit some of those bad boy hills, only managed 42mph
    felix's bike

    pedal like you stole something!!!
  • crackle
    crackle Posts: 216
    45mph down a 1:10 with the wind behind me. Normally it's 36-39mph hill, so it shows what difference the wind can make.
    _________________________


    Errrrrrmmmmmm..........
  • I managed 51mph the other day. however, after I proudly announced this fact to my girlfriend she proceeded to chastise me about being irresponsible. I don't think i'll tell her next time..
  • Bugly
    Bugly Posts: 520
    i need to get myself to sydney and hit some of those bad boy hills, only managed 42mph
    :D the Snowy Mountains are over 300 kms SW of Sydney a good 5 hour drive, :D
  • on the road
    on the road Posts: 5,631
    I've managed 45mph down Billinge hill, I was holding out though because at that speed the bends in the road are like hairpin bends, I could get round them without braking but I don't know what's coming up on the other side of the road, I have visions of going head first in to a car.
  • McBain_v1
    McBain_v1 Posts: 5,237
    62 mph :shock:
    many years back now - on a snowy mountains tour I did
    but I have belted down at 60 mph many times

    nowdays I ride the track so not quite that fast, more like 41-42 mph max when sprinting


    FUNK ME!! :shock:
    Do bike brakes work at those speeds :?: :!:

    What do I ride? Now that's an Enigma!
  • Jeff Jones
    Jeff Jones Posts: 1,865
    62 mph :shock:
    many years back now - on a snowy mountains tour I did
    That wasn't the Canberra 2 Day Tour was it? I've done 60mph down Fitz's Hill in that race (chasing back on after going about 7mph going up it).

    You don't even think about brakes at that speed.
    Jeff Jones

    Product manager, Sports
  • McBain_v1
    McBain_v1 Posts: 5,237
    I'm afraid I'd be specifying that my bike come with airbags if I was told that I was going to be hitting 60mph+ on a ride...

    ... actually I just wouldn't turn up :oops:

    What do I ride? Now that's an Enigma!
  • peejay78
    peejay78 Posts: 3,378
    54mph going down from the weather station towards denholm near bradford. it's unusual to go that fast. often i get up to around 47mph going down westerham hill, but it's a wobbly, pant soilingly unnerving experience.
  • 60 mph is my target, my current is 52 going down jubilee tower into quernmore, 13% gradient i think. My dad asked if i was on a death wish, non cyclists just dont understand do they
  • ColinJ
    ColinJ Posts: 2,218
    peejay78 wrote:
    54mph going down from the weather station towards denholm near bradford. it's unusual to go that fast. often i get up to around 47mph going down westerham hill, but it's a wobbly, pant soilingly unnerving experience.
    It's Oxenhope down there PJ - Denholme is a right at the mini roundabout and a stiff climb away.

    Incidentally, I've hit some pretty high speeds off Oxenhope Moor myself. If you recall, there is a pub on your right halfway down. Across the road from that is a converted barn. Once, I was doing about 45 mph down there when there was a strong crosswind coming from the left. The barn sheltered me from that but when I emerged out of its wind shadow I was blown straight across the road and almost ended up in the pub car park - a real brown shorts moment :shock: !

    My fastest and most scary moment was descending Rossendale Road from the Manchester Road lights on the fringes of Burnley. I was looking down at my computer and saw my speed shooting up to 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 mph... Surely I could get up to 60? Maybe I could have done but I decided that perhaps I ought to start watching where I was going! I looked ahead and had a heart-stopping moment when I saw a manhole cover jutting up out of the road ahead of me :? My computer later told me that I was doing 56 mph when I hit it and took off. My chin hit my handlebars and I almost bit my lower lip off. I must have travelled about 30 yards in the air. It was certainly long enough to contemplate the landing... I landed with a thump and bounced back into the air before finally becoming road-bound again. The bike slewed about as the backend fishtailed under my panic braking but somehow I stayed upright :shock: !

    Since that narrow escape, I haven't been able to bring myself to do more than 55 mph... :wink:
  • 49 mph on the Trans Cambrian sportive, on the descent to Machynlleth. I thought that was fast, but then this nice welshman flew past me doing at least 5mph faster :shock:
  • peejay78
    peejay78 Posts: 3,378
    yes sorry - oxenhope - for some reason it's not mega steep, but with trailing wind, the length of the descent means you can really welly it.
  • Can i add my speed story, although this was in 1980.

    In Liverpool there is a ring road called Queens Drive, 3 lanes wide and loads of traffic lights, so you could easily keep up with cars, and especially busses. One summers night my mates and i were out training and my best mates girlfriend turned up, on a motorbike. Well we had to.....one of us each side, she would pull us upto 50mph, and we are hanging on big time and then with a 52x12 let go and ride each side of the traffic.
    If you timed it right you could hit the front of the queue at the lights and be away.

    Well i timed it right, i hit the front of the queue at the lights, and as they changed to green i was through doing just under 50mph with the old fashioned RS2000 Escort police car up me chuff. It took him half a mile to catch me. The driver was apopleptic(very angry) the other copper couldnt stop laughing. My mate finally caught me up and was crying it was so funny. Every car that passed me was tooting thier horns and laughing, well you just had to wave!! The copper wanted to charge me for speeding, he asked me if i knew how fast i was going. He even mentioned some old law about "pedalling furiously" I said to him you had the speedo you tell me, which didnt go down too well as i dont have speedos on these bikes mate. So it was name and address and a chat with my dad, who wasnt impressed that i got caught. Typical scouser!!
    Thigs you do when your young and brave!!!
    Just a fat bloke on a bike
  • Jeff Jones wrote:
    That wasn't the Canberra 2 Day Tour was it? I've done 60mph down Fitz's Hill in that race (chasing back on after going about 7mph going up it).

    You don't even think about brakes at that speed.
    No - near Jindabyne, where they used to run the Snowy Tour de Femme I think (or whatever it was called).

    I was brought up around the suburbs not that far from Fitz's Hill and have ridden that road round Tharwa, Tidbinbilla, Cotter & Uriarra many times but funny enough never been up Fitz's Hill. I think they ran the public Fitz's Hill challenge the other week.

    I only rode the Canberra Tour once and crashed badly on Stage 2, taking 3 feet of skin off the left side of my body. I was going pretty hot in a fast downhill left hander thinking I've been this hot before and got out OK when the road surface started to ripple, which saw both tyres lose grip at the same time, laying over neatly on my side. Ouch :oops:
  • Gussio
    Gussio Posts: 2,452
    howiejmidlands

    Great memories :D
  • I had 61 mph on the descent of Ventoux 2 years ago. Fastest in the UK has been 55mph.
  • Jeff Jones
    Jeff Jones Posts: 1,865
    No - near Jindabyne, where they used to run the Snowy Tour de Femme I think (or whatever it was called).
    Aha - I think I know where you mean. Coming back from Thredbo to Jindabyne? It's fantastic riding around there.
    I was brought up around the suburbs not that far from Fitz's Hill and have ridden that road round Tharwa, Tidbinbilla, Cotter & Uriarra many times but funny enough never been up Fitz's Hill. I think they ran the public Fitz's Hill challenge the other week.
    I've only done Fitz's twice. I don't think I would have hit that speed if it wasn't under racing conditions.
    I only rode the Canberra Tour once and crashed badly on Stage 2, taking 3 feet of skin off the left side of my body. I was going pretty hot in a fast downhill left hander thinking I've been this hot before and got out OK when the road surface started to ripple, which saw both tyres lose grip at the same time, laying over neatly on my side. Ouch :oops:
    Ouch indeed! The Canberra Tour is a good one for crashes. There was a long pick-a-plank bridge that you probably know in the second and third stages that riders used to crash on every year. But I think they've upgraded it now.
    Jeff Jones

    Product manager, Sports
  • Jeff Jones wrote:
    Ouch indeed! The Canberra Tour is a good one for crashes. There was a long pick-a-plank bridge that you probably know in the second and third stages that riders used to crash on every year. But I think they've upgraded it now.
    Yes - at the Cotter River next to the pumping station - after the devastating bushfires that ravaged the area a few years back it would have needed upgrading.

    My fast downhill was more towards Dalgety - the Thredbo/Perisher/Charlotte's Pass and Jindabyne areas are great riding.
  • PhilofCas
    PhilofCas Posts: 1,153
    ColinJ wrote:
    peejay78 wrote:
    54mph going down from the weather station towards denholm near bradford. it's unusual to go that fast. often i get up to around 47mph going down westerham hill, but it's a wobbly, pant soilingly unnerving experience.
    It's Oxenhope down there PJ - Denholme is a right at the mini roundabout and a stiff climb away.

    Incidentally, I've hit some pretty high speeds off Oxenhope Moor myself. If you recall, there is a pub on your right halfway down. Across the road from that is a converted barn. Once, I was doing about 45 mph down there when there was a strong crosswind coming from the left. The barn sheltered me from that but when I emerged out of its wind shadow I was blown straight across the road and almost ended up in the pub car park - a real brown shorts moment :shock: !

    My fastest and most scary moment was descending Rossendale Road from the Manchester Road lights on the fringes of Burnley. I was looking down at my computer and saw my speed shooting up to 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 mph... Surely I could get up to 60? Maybe I could have done but I decided that perhaps I ought to start watching where I was going! I looked ahead and had a heart-stopping moment when I saw a manhole cover jutting up out of the road ahead of me :? My computer later told me that I was doing 56 mph when I hit it and took off. My chin hit my handlebars and I almost bit my lower lip off. I must have travelled about 30 yards in the air. It was certainly long enough to contemplate the landing... I landed with a thump and bounced back into the air before finally becoming road-bound again. The bike slewed about as the backend fishtailed under my panic braking but somehow I stayed upright :shock: !
    Since that narrow escape, I haven't been able to bring myself to do more than 55 mph... :wink:

    Foo king hell
  • McBain_v1
    McBain_v1 Posts: 5,237
    I second that, I wouldn't be able to bring myself to do more than 5.5mph after that :shock:

    What do I ride? Now that's an Enigma!
  • 49.4 mph down Ventoux this summer!! I was annoyed I didnt make 50mph!! My wheel was slightly buckled at the front so I had to hold back a bit. My foot came out around that speed and kicked my front tyre causing a wobble which wasn't very pleasant. Still it took me under 2hrs up yet only 20 odd mins down! I want to get comfortable plus 60mph for the Etape this year.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    robklancs wrote:
    60 mph is my target, my current is 52 going down jubilee tower into quernmore, 13% gradient i think. My dad asked if i was on a death wish, non cyclists just dont understand do they

    The bloody dizzy sheep meandering across the road always worry me going down there.
    57 is my max down that road but must admit I nearly recreamed the chammy.