This professional cyclist tried to ride a budget bike as fast as possible

Under ideal racing conditions, with the best gear possible, competitive riders can reach impressive speeds, but what about a budget bike that weighs nearly 40 pounds? In a new YouTube challenge video, Hank and Connor of the Global Cycling Network test the maximum ground speed for a $300 Eurobike on a closed circuit in Wales.

On his first try, Hank hits 28 miles per hour. “It weighs an absolute ton,” he says. “But I think we can raise the bar a bit.”

For the second attempt, Hank hits the limits of the bike’s speeds, but is thrilled to learn he’s broken the 30 barrier, with a top speed of 31 miles per hour. “I would love to get to 35 miles per hour,” he says.

Connor notes, however, that Hank spends a lot of time and energy biking around the track while getting at the top at this speed, and so for the third and final attempt, they come up with a pretty creative solution (which shouldn’t be tried at home): Hank clings to the bumper of a car while Connor drives, then lets go grip and pedal like hell, reaching a top speed of 41 miles per hour.

“It was close to death,” says Hank, remarking that a Eurobike can feel “fragile” when going at high speeds, and that he didn’t have the greatest confidence in his gears or brakes. “Nevertheless, I still felt pretty stable, I just wouldn’t want to go faster than 41 miles per hour.”

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