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I remember when John Howard broke 124 MPH riding a custom bicycle made for him by Skip Hujsak on a Mexican highway behind a huge fairing on a race car. Instead of a giant chainring Howard's bike used a jack-shaft transmission to produce a very high gear (a 375 inch gear if memory serves). Even with the huge gear the bike was rideable but since it could not easily accelerate it was towed up to 60 MPH before Howard started pedaling. I've since been told that the pedaling was mainly for show. The huge fairing behind the car created such a vacuum at speed that it pulled the bike along. The highway looked reasonably smooth but at 124 miles/hour every undulation threatened to cause Howard to loose control so this was what limited Howard's speed. Years later Howard motorpaced to 152 MPH on the Bonneville salt flats.

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Hey as long as we're talking "safety" (another message thread), can you just IMAGINE cycling at 100 mph?!?! Check out these bikes!

www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04
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"One Gear, One Goal: Bike Is 'Good To 100 MPH,' Builder Says:

What does it take to ride a bicycle at 100 miles per hour? That's the question being explored by Britain's Donhou Bicycles and frame builder Tom Donhou, who has mounted a mammoth chainring onto a custom bicycle. He says the steel machine has already hit 60 miles per hour on the open road.

Update At 3:30 p.m. ET: No Record At Stake. As our readers remind us, bicycles have previously reached 100 miles per hour. For instance, Jose Meiffret passed that mark in 1962, paced by a car on Germany's Autobahn. And in 1995, Dutch cyclist Fred Rompelberg reached 167 mph while using a top-fuel dragster to pace him at Bonneville Salt Flats."

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