That was my top speed on my Trek 1200. Of course, I nearly soiled my shorts, as it was on a steep hill with a 35MPH curve.Never GOT one, but if I did, I'd run a copy of it and FRAME it!
The only time I came close was back in '74; at the bottom of a looong hill, I hit 56mph coming onto the state highway, Limit 55.
The bike was FUN before then; afterward, it was ADDICTIVE.
This topic deserves a bump. Good question, Garetht!Heard on the news that a cyclist got caught speeding in a school zone and I was wondering if that is a law
+1000 on the necessity of same rules same rights.This topic deserves a bump. Good question, Garetht!
In most states, bicycles are considered the legal equivalent of a car or motorcycle. That means you most certainly CAN get a speeding ticket on a bicycle, and in every state I know of (not all), you can also get a DUI on one. In Arizona, you can even get a DUI on a horse! I've seen reports of it happening. Just like bikes, horses can also be considered 'motor vehicles' under the law. That the motor is sometimes mechanical and other times biological is unimportant.
Here in CO, I have seen police officers patrolling the local MUP - once in a car (?!?!) - yes, marked police car driving along the MUP - once an officer on a bike with a radar gun. He stopped nearby while I was helping some ladies with a flat and clocked every cyclist who passed during the time it took to get the flat taken care of. He didn't nail anyone while I was watching, but it wasn't for lack of trying. I was very careful about my speed while cycling away...some silly reason or another
Your only immunity to tickets when you're on a bike is the cop not thinking it's worth the effort to pull you over and give you one. Legally, you're just as subject to being awarded for the quality of your cycling as you are to getting a similar award for the quality of your driving when behind the wheel or a car or other, more 'traditional' vehicle.
If cyclists are to be allowed on the road with cars, that's kind the way things have to be. We, as cyclists, aren't looking for special rights, only the same right to use the roads in going about our lawful pursuits as everyone else. That, of necessity, means the possibility of being ticketed for illegal behavior. It doesn't happen all that often, but don't mistake the authorities' lack of caring for legal immunity.