ColinOldnCranky wrote:I'd suggest that high 30's on a path and believing to be in "complete control" is somewhat akin to people that drink and drive believing that it's ok bacause, just as long as no-one does anything to impinge on thier line of motion they will not crash into them.
Control maybe, COMPLETE control? Not by a long shot.
Depends on the path. I ride to the conditions and cruise at mid to high 30's on the Graham Farmer Freeway shared path (if I have a tailwind ).
This is because generally - the path is straight and flat with good visibility, there are no pedestrians and very few other cyclists. Of course, when I get to the populated sections I slow down, but for the rest of it, mid to high 30's is entirely appropriate.
The shared path down the freeway south is a different story. It is narrower, windier, does not have good visibility and has a lot more traffic. High 30's is not appropriate for a lot of that.