We've been making fast bikes for a while.

The Original hpv club

 The Cal Poly HPV club's first bike, Darla. This was built in 1978.

The Cal Poly HPV club's first bike, Darla. This was built in 1978.

Starting in 1978, Cal Poly students began to lead inquiries into the limits of bicycle performance. They were the first ME design/build club at Cal Poly, producing many faired bicycles starting with the unnamed bike pictured above. These bikes were excellent for their time, but were only just scratching the surface of Cal Poly’s human powered potential.


The asme competition era

 The 2018 bike,  The Grind , was the last bike designed for the ASME competition.

The 2018 bike, The Grind, was the last bike designed for the ASME competition.

In 1983, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) began formally hosting competitions for HPVs. Before this, the HPV club was forced to find private competitions to enter, but with a clearly defined and regular competition, the team was able to tailor their bike more effectively. They quickly found success in these competitions, consistently placing well, including numerous 1st place finishes.

However, over time, the ASME competition became increasingly complex, forcing teams to design for speed, safety, stability, baggage capacity, and steering. This made it difficult to create a bike that excelled in any one category. For this reason, we are withdrawing from the ASME competition this year and transitioning to a competition focused on one thing - pure speed.


the new era

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This year, we're embarking on a new journey: traveling to Battle Mountain, Nevada in Summer 2019 to best the U.S. collegiate team speed record of 61.3 miles per hour. Follow us on our journey, and if you'd like to support us, links and information can be found here.