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Old 2009-06-03, 07:14 PM   #1
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Fastest speed on a unicycle

I figured it might be a kick to see people's fastest speeds. This is all out top speed you have ever hit. I'll start with the speed I hit today when riding to work.

Speed (mph), Name, Location, Unicycle
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26.1 mph, Corbin Dunn, Los Gatos CA USA, Geared KH36
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Old 2009-06-03, 07:32 PM   #2
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That's pretty freakin' fast, and it's incredible that others have surpassed it, even on ungeared (Christian Hoverath may have approached 30 mph during a ride some years ago as he raced to catch up to a bike while riding downhill... small cranks).

I'm pretty sure my fastest was during the Lobster. Oddly enough, it wasn't on that final huge descent (where I averaged 18 mph for two miles on a geared 29" -- awesome!). It was on a gravel road during day 2, as I raced to catch up to that amazing Signe (the Danish girl) on a slight downhill. I hit just under 23 mph on my 29" guni. It was like waterskiing.

On the Central Park bike loop, I've hit 22 a few times and can always reach 20 and usually hit 21. Funny that a gravel path would be my fastest track.
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Old 2009-06-03, 07:35 PM   #3
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I figured it might be a kick to see people's fastest speeds. This is all out top speed you have ever hit. I'll start with the speed I hit today when riding to work.

Speed (mph), Name, Location, Unicycle
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26.1 mph, Corbin Dunn, Los Gatos CA USA, Geared KH36
Awesome-
20.2 mph, Samuel Farmer, West Sussex England, Qu-ax 36 with 114mm cranks
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Old 2009-06-03, 08:57 PM   #4
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Speed (mph), Name, Location, Unicycle
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26.1 mph, Corbin Dunn, Los Gatos CA USA, Geared KH36

What cranks?

I think I'm still going faster down hills on bigger cranks because I feel more comfortable, but need more practice. I'm somewhere around 23mph so far on my 36guni.

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Old 2009-06-03, 09:17 PM   #5
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19.9 MPH, Peripatet, Jacksonville, FL, KH36 w/125's

Me gonna practice some more.
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Old 2009-06-03, 09:35 PM   #6
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Methinks corbin wants a list, like the one below. I haven't added myself, because my fasted recorded speed probably is due to GPS inaccuracy - and it's not even fast (but too fast for me on a 26" with 125's).

Speed (mph), Name, Location, Unicycle
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26.1 mph, Corbin Dunn, Los Gatos CA USA, Geared KH36
20.2 mph, Samuel Farmer, West Sussex England, Qu-ax 36 with 114mm cranks
19.9 MPH, Peripatet, Jacksonville, FL, KH36 w/125's

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Old 2009-06-03, 10:39 PM   #7
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Speed (mph), Name, Location, Unicycle
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26.1 mph, Corbin Dunn, Los Gatos CA USA, Geared KH36
20.2 mph, Samuel Farmer, West Sussex England, Qu-ax 36 with 114mm cranks
19.9 MPH, Peripatet, Jacksonville, FL, KH36 w/125's
22.6 mph, Spencer Owen, Nottingham UK, Schlumpf 29 127mm cranks

Hmmm.... is the location my location or where I recorded the speed? Anyway, it was in Dorset UK at last years BUC. I'm sure I've been faster a couple of times (and the GPS has even said 259mph!), but that's the fasted recorded believable speed I've done so far.

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Old 2009-06-04, 12:36 AM   #8
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Speed (mph), Name, Location, Unicycle, Crank size
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26.1 mph, Corbin Dunn, Los Gatos CA USA, Geared KH36, 150mm
20.2 mph, Samuel Farmer, West Sussex England, Qu-ax 36, 114mm
19.9 MPH, Peripatet, Jacksonville FL USA, KH36, 125mm
22.6 mph, Spencer Owen, Nottingham UK, Schlumpf 29, 127mm
22.9 MPH, Scott Wilton, Madison WI USA, Nimbus 36, 114mm

I've done 23-something with 89mm cranks last year, but I couldn't find the data anywhere, so 22.9 is my fastest recorded on my computer.

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Old 2009-06-03, 09:57 PM   #9
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Yeah, a list would be interesting to gather statistics, but it isn't required. It will be also interesting to see how people get faster.

Roland -- I've been using 150's on my geared KH36. I may try 125s after my tour this summer (on the guni 24 muni).

I know that the german speeders hit 27mph at RTL; they were blazing past me on some downhills!

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Old 2009-06-03, 10:37 PM   #10
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I figured it might be a kick to see people's fastest speeds. This is all out top speed you have ever hit. I'll start with the speed I hit today when riding to work.

Speed (mph), Name, Location, Unicycle
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26.1 mph, Corbin Dunn, Los Gatos CA USA, Geared KH36
haha, talk is cheap, let's see a video and speed verification! I do believe it, if only because you did it on a geared 36er. But it would still be awesome to see it videotaped, and maybe by a friend driving a car, and also tracking your speed.

FYI, For those who may not know, Chuck Edwall is the fastest human on a 36er, geared or otherwise. Puts everyone to shame! (And makes it look effortless!)
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Old 2009-06-03, 10:44 PM   #11
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haha, talk is cheap, let's see a video and speed verification! I do believe it, if only because you did it on a geared 36er. But it would still be awesome to see it videotaped, and maybe by a friend driving a car, and also tracking your speed.

FYI, For those who may not know, Chuck Edwall is the fastest human on a 36er, geared or otherwise. Puts everyone to shame! (And makes it look effortless!)
When I saw your post, it said 26er and when I tried to quote you it said 36er. Is that from an edit?

My own edit: Indeed it seem that you had edited it after I saw your post.

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Old 2009-06-03, 10:56 PM   #12
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haha, talk is cheap, let's see a video and speed verification! I do believe it, if only because you did it on a geared 36er. But it would still be awesome to see it videotaped, and maybe by a friend driving a car, and also tracking your speed.

FYI, For those who may not know, Chuck Edwall is the fastest human on a 36er, geared or otherwise. Puts everyone to shame! (And makes it look effortless!)
I posted a picture on my blog of my speedo from this morning. Take a look! A car driving along is not a good indicator of speed; it varies too much.

Also, Chuck is FAST! There is no doubt about that -- he holds the current records over a given distance.

But I'm not sure if he has gone the *fastest* for pure max speed. Back when we were training for RTL I could pull away from chuck on the downhills (granted, that was before he got a brake, which allows you to go faster). And, the speeders were definitely faster at the downhills than I was.

Maybe chuck will chime in with an update

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Old 2009-06-05, 06:58 AM   #13
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I'll agree with Ken, everyone can have a short burst of speed on a downhill, or even flat. It doesnt take a lot of skill, but mainly guts. 36ers arn't called distance unicycles without a reason, you'd want to get a high average speed instead of quick bursts that will tire you more in the long run. I have more respect for riders who keep a constant high average than someone only going for his max speed.

I hope that photo with me and the speedo is hidden somewhere safe, I remember being a little red in the face it's nice to see how fast people can go, but keep in mind that GPS systems and cyclecomputers are not the most accurate ways to measure peaks.
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