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Mountain Bike speed

2008-08-30 19:47:21.886219+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

Ouch: Shadow forwarded along this successful setting of the world mountain bike speed record, 107MPH, but Eric Barrone's bike broke in half shortly after he passed the speed sensor. He survived with a couple of broken ribs, but... downhill mountain bikers are nuts!

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-30 21:19:42.658418+00 by: meuon

Cripes. What is freefall speed of a human: about 120mph?.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-31 00:17:23.275962+00 by: Dan Lyke

From that same page, "The record free fall speed, done without any special equipment, is 321MPH." I think 120mph is arms and legs stretched out. But, yeah, we're talking roughly the same as hitting a steep slope from free-fall.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-31 08:19:40.362417+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Gotta love rag doll physics.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-12-22 00:36:32.027681+00 by: TheSHAD0W


More detailed video

#Comment Re: made: 2008-12-22 15:19:35.037657+00 by: Dan Lyke

I'd love to see a little bit more on the failure properties of the bike, why the manufacturer things it failed, and what sort of rehab the guy had to do to get back to riding (which I'm sure he did).