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What is the fastest speed ever achieved by a biker?

In 1995 the world record for assisted biking speed was achieved by Bruce Bursford and his ultra aerodynamic engineering masterpiece of a bike called, “Millennium”. He moved at the breathtaking speed of 344 kilometers an hour or an astonishing 208 miles per hour. This was no small feat and required planning of the operation as well as the newly designed high speed bike. Operationally, Bursford achieved the speed by being towed to a speed of 100 miles per hour and then released from the tow cable. After this Bursford accelerated using his machine of high efficiency to the speed that was listed above. After he was released he stayed behind the car which created an air foil in which he could overcome the massive win resistance that the body has in the face of such incredible speeds. The bike was specially redesigned to be one massive piece that was inspired by the aerospace industry and the formula 1 racing teams. Everything was mastered for speed including the silica tires filled with helium and new ceramic ball bearings that were designed to minimize friction in the tire itself. Bursford’s end result of the Ultimate and the Millennium which are some of the fastest road bikes around.

What was the first mountain bike made and what was it?

One of the first mountain bikes to be mass produced, instead of just being customized in a small town shop, was the Specialized Stumpjumper of 1982. Mike Sinyard, founder of Specialized brought the product to bear with his startup company that was founded on the West Coast of the United States of America. The bike was a mass production variant of the more expensively produced custom bikes. The Stumpjumper was only $750 and provided a sturdy reliable frame which was the first of its mass production kind.

What kind of protection is used in mountain biking?

Depending on the scale of difficulty and intensity of the bike ride you may need as little as a top covering biking helmet. There are multiple public campaigns that advocate its use, and it is generally seen as a necessity in any biking situation. Beyond that, the application of armor or protective gear is subjective to the rider. Downhill free hill riders will sometimes don the fully armored suits of BMX riders. There are some companies that have adapted the BMX alternatives for the individual rider. Most of the time these suits have substantial shin guards in case you go head over handlebars when you crash. There are also neck braces that are capable of being integrated with a full helmet system as well as rigid plastic and metal back plates and foam to be sure that the potential for back injury is minimized.  There are also multiple pads added to the kidney area and hip area so that you won’t decimate a critical hip bone. Also pads are placed near the elbows and shoulders to be sure that impacts are minimally painful. In the end, these are a little excessive for typical recreational biking, but they have their value on some of the more complex rides.


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