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Old 07-15-12, 09:20 PM   #1
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What are your averages when you ride????

Ive always been curious as to what everyone else does when they go for a ride. What are averages and on what type of bike. I will start


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Old 07-15-12, 09:32 PM   #2
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I've been averaging 12-13mph on our mountain bikes, on the streets. Today was our longest ride so far 17.5miles.
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Specialized Secteur road bike. Quick 10 mile ride just now average speed 17.88 mph. Distances and what bike vary by day and time I have available.
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I'm averaging right @ 14 mph 1 hr 26min (or so) on a 20 mile trip. That's calculated by taking the distance I ride and divide by the time it takes to do that. Bearing in mind that I spend a bit of time sitting still at stoplights and such, I imagine I'm actually traveling a little faster than 14 mph, but I don't have a GPS or a computer on the bike. I ride a Trek 7100 I've got decked out as a commuter.

I plan to upgrade the bike this year.
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Old 07-15-12, 09:45 PM   #5
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Depends, my MTB only works in the dirt, 10 miles, average 6 mph with near 1800 ft of elevation gain.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/169766197

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road bike, average 10.0 on a 37 mile ride with 3300ft of gain.

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17.2 average on a longer flatter ride of 71 miles

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/175062876

17.8 on a shorter 42 miler

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/168525643


On a section of a 33 mile ride where I tried for a PR on strava, 21.7 average for the 7.4 miles. But I'll get better, I'm about 35 lbs over my ride weight right now. Sometimes life gets in the way.

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Bike Age: Greater than average, the newest frame I've got is from 2001
Speed: Slower than average, I'm a clyde, what can I say.
Distance: Pretty average, lets hear it for mediocrity!
Rides per week: What is the average? I manage 3-5
Terrain: Below average roads, sandier than average trails, more than average trainer vibration(it helps simulate Kiwi chip seal and makes the cobbled sections of Sufferfest more realistic)

Seriously now. One of the first rules from one of my cycle training books is: don't compare yourself to other cyclists unless you are involved in a formal race and so are they. Additionally, any thread about "averages" really must start with definitions about how the averages are to be calculated. Auto-pause On or Off? Distance calculated by tire roll out, gps or map-my-ride programs? Are road, mtb and trainer milage cummulative or weighted? Elevation by barometer, gps, or map datum?
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Bike Age: Greater than average, the newest frame I've got is from 2001
Speed: Slower than average, I'm a clyde, what can I say.
Distance: Pretty average, lets hear it for mediocrity!
Rides per week: What is the average? I manage 3-5
Terrain: Below average roads, sandier than average trails, more than average trainer vibration(it helps simulate Kiwi chip seal and makes the cobbled sections of Sufferfest more realistic)

Seriously now. One of the first rules from one of my cycle training books is: don't compare yourself to other cyclists unless you are involved in a formal race and so are they. Additionally, any thread about "averages" really must start with definitions about how the averages are to be calculated. Auto-pause On or Off? Distance calculated by tire roll out, gps or map-my-ride programs? Are road, mtb and trainer milage cummulative or weighted? Elevation by barometer, gps, or map datum?

I asked for averages because I know very few people who ride. Its not a contest, but please if you feel you need to add specifics, go for it.
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Here you can see my averages, http://app.strava.com/athletes/340286

but averages really mean nothing, as too many factors can affect it. if you take my rides, i have a stop light every 0.5-1 of a mile which kill and average speed. I also am in the "windy city" although the phrase came from crooked politicians we have, it still is randomly windy which affects average. Then take some who ride killer mountains and go up at 8-10mph for and hour then go down at 30-40mph for only 20 minutes.

Even strava when comparing to others on the leader board isnt a good measure. I got dropped ugly today buy a lady on a time trial bike with a pointy back helmet and i bet her strava average was easily 10mph faster than me. I also got past buy a team training in a group ride at a darn fast pace. i bet they also had a 10mph average faster than me.

too many variables to compare averages
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25-28kmh depending on wether I am riding to exercise or commute. Mtb weighing around 16kg with dual purpose tires. Terrsin is mostly flat. Sourced from endomondo and my cycle computer. Both run auto pause. Usually ends up at 5:40 moving time or 6:30 total time for 160km. Of course everyone has different ideas on what average is.
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Well, I just finished the STP and averaged 15.5 mph over 130 miles on day 1 and 16.2 mph over 75 miles on day 2. I can usually average 15-16 all day. Shorter rides (less than 50 miles) I can go all out and maybe average 18-19 mph. Depends on terrain though. You throw a few good hills in there, especially ones that flatten out at the top and don't give you a big descent, and that average goes to crap in a hurry!
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Averages really depend on the route you're riding. I average 15 on really stop light laden routes all the way up to 18 for uninterrupted bike path type riding.

Throw in some hills and the average plummets, which I still don't understand but there you have it. If I go up a hill at 10 mph and down a hill at 30 mph shouldn't I be averaging 20 mph? But no, somehow it doesn't work that way.
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Ive always been curious as to what everyone else does when they go for a ride. What are averages and on what type of bike. I will start


My Averages
Speed 11.5 MPH
Distance: 14 miles
Rides per week: 5
Bike: Kona Dew Plus
My Averages
Speed 11.5 mph (same as yours)
Distance: 6 mile commute, twice a workday, 4 days a week on average
Rides per week: 8
Bike: Dynamic Runabout 7

I ride with fully loaded panniers on a city route with 10 stoplights, 5 all-way stop signs, fairly flat. I'm not a speed guy, but a cargo-carrier, obviously. Been at it a couple of months now, am losing weight and my averages are going up slowly week by week.
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If I go up a hill at 10 mph and down a hill at 30 mph shouldn't I be averaging 20 mph? But no, somehow it doesn't work that way.
Tell me about it! There have been plenty of rides where I've seen my average speed at like 15.9 so I'll try to bring it up to 16. I'll ride at 20+ forever and it barely goes up, but dip down to 13 for like 3 seconds and the average goes down a tic! At least that how it seems.
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Old 07-15-12, 11:30 PM   #14
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I'm riding a Surly CrossCheck...25 mile rides average 15.5...15 mile rides average 16.25...10 mile rides average 18. All flat rides.
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On my commutes, I average 14 mph. 10 miles each way, and pretty flat, except a couple freeway overpasses - around 120' elevation gain. I guess other flat rides are probably similar, except if I'm riding with friends - then my average is whatever their average is - usually around 11-12mph.

When I'm riding hills, I guess I average around 8mph, according to this ride: http://app.strava.com/activities/10369166
5.5 mph up the steep (10%) sections, 3.5 mph on the really steep (13%+) sections, and then there's the downhills.

I average about 4 rides per week, and my average ride length is probably around 10 miles. Some are only 2 miles, some are 30-60 miles. Typical weekend rides are ~20 miles.

The bike I usually ride is a 2012 Trek FX 7.5.
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Averages
Speed: 15-16.5mph
Distance:25-30 miles
Rides Per Week: 2-3
Cruising speed:18-20mph
While I understand why you ask for an average speed I personally find the "cruising" speed more useful. By cruising speed I mean the speed I maintain if able to ride without stops. So say I was on a mup or something and I was riding at an odd hour and I didn't have to stop of slow down, that would be my cruising speed.
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...Throw in some hills and the average plummets, which I still don't understand but there you have it. If I go up a hill at 10 mph and down a hill at 30 mph shouldn't I be averaging 20 mph? But no, somehow it doesn't work that way.
It's easy if you think about it... speed is distance/time. You've climbed slowly for 3 times the time that you descended, but both were the same distance...

Lets say you spend an hour on the bike, climbing for 45 minutes and descending for 15... You climb at 10mph for a total distance of 7.5 miles and descend at 30mph for a total distance of 7.5 miles ... If you think that your average is in between the two speeds, at 20mph, you're only looking at distance and forgetting time.

Anyway you look at it you've gone only 15 miles in one hour, and that, therefore, is your average speed.
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Half my ride is in town, stop signs, traffic, etc.

Average 14-15 Mph
Average distance is 25 per day.
Last month 600 miles, going to try and beat that this month if the weather holds out. Already at 383 Miles.
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Averages really depend on the route you're riding. I average 15 on really stop light laden routes all the way up to 18 for uninterrupted bike path type riding.

Throw in some hills and the average plummets, which I still don't understand but there you have it. If I go up a hill at 10 mph and down a hill at 30 mph shouldn't I be averaging 20 mph? But no, somehow it doesn't work that way.
Now see, I tried explaining that same kind of theory to Paisan when we were ridding but all I got was the 'Hassan' movement on one of the rollers here.

"If I go up 5500' and then back down 5500' isn't it a flat ride?"
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My average speed is about 18 mph (~30 kph)
Average ride is between 45 - 80 km (25 -50 miles)
Last month about 500 km

Rides vary between very lumpy to quite flat.

6'4'' and 255 so master of the flats and very slow climbing.

More is always better - faster is not. This year ~4 for me. My mediocrity is peaking!

http://app.strava.com/rides/13363157 longish and flat

http://app.strava.com/rides/12726769 short and flat

http://app.strava.com/rides/11639476 long and lumpy

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As Bigfred and others so eloquently pointed out there are many variables, including temperature, wind, weight loss, and how you've been eating/hydrating that can change the averages of each individual ride. I know I've averaged as low as 10.6 on the Garrett County Masochistic Metric (63 miles with 8327' of gain) to a high of 21.2 on a short 11 mile flat-ish (52'/mile) loop I do here.

I only compare me with me.
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Flats (solo): 13-14mph
Flats (group): 14-15mph
Hills: 10-13mph


Of course if it's windy or raining it'll be lower.
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For me, it really depends on the terrain of the route and the length of the ride. For shorter, flat rides, (20-30 miles with less than 1,000 feet of climbing), I'll average somewhere around 16-17 mph. As rides get longer, my average speeds will go down ... and as there are more climbing miles, the average speed will also go down. For flatter centuries, I'll shoot for 15 mph; and usually make it easily. For hillier centuries, I'm happy with an overall average around 13 mph. It really depends on terrain, temperature, wind intensity, and distance. These are for when I ride alone. When I go with my lady friend, all bets are off because then it is just a pleasure/fun ride and I stick with her. I ride a CF road bike with wide gearing.
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Well

Did about 4400 feet of climbing over 34 miles and was something like 10.2
did a metric with 1700 feet of climbing and was 15.8 or so
guess i could hit 18 mph for about an hour on mostly flat
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