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Old 02-20-14, 07:58 PM   #26
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30 years old - 300 lbs

Pulling my daughter in a trailer with my trike = 10 mph
Solo Trike Recreational = 12-13 mph
Solo Recumbent Recreational = 13-15 mph
Solo Race Bike Recreational = 14-16 mph
Races > 1 hour = 12-16 mph
Races < 1 hour = 21 mph
Sprint 1k or less = 26-30 mph
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Old 02-21-14, 04:57 AM   #27
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15 mph over 10 miles on the road bike. Pushing it a little, but I was out of shape last summer. Back in 2007-8 I was averaging 16mph over 20 miles with the Allez Triple I had back then. I was in better shape, 10-15lbs less, and much leaner. I'm getting back that way, the last two weeks have been going well!
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Old 02-21-14, 07:32 AM   #28
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I'm 48, 6' 265lb, riding a 25.5lb Disc Trucker.

From Garmin connect, last 30 days.
Mostly indoor riding

Count:
17 Activities
Distance:
240.58 mi
Time:
18:41:35 h:m:s
Elevation Gain:
1,567 ft
Avg Speed:
12.9 mph
Avg HR:
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Avg Run Cadence:
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Flat roads, 12-17 MPH. I hate hills and wind though, and it's always windy or hilly! (LOL)
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I'm 55 in a month and weight 225lbs. Here are some stats. Looks like some days I'm slower than others ... LOL
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bike computer was a little funky at first with speeds jumping around. not sure if it was a battery issue or a battery/sensor alignment issue. I stopped and checked the alignment, detached and reattached the computer from it's mount and it seemed to work OK for the rest of the ride, but consequently this data is missing about 1.5 miles

Sat 8/25/12
27 miles
31.9 max
15.9 avrg
1:44 saddle time
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Sat 10/6/12 seriously long break between rides :/ Fall is always so busy and it doesn't help working 6 days a week. thought I'd get out early so I prepped clothes for a cool ride. wound up sleeping in and doing family stuff but got a break later in the day when it warmed up. modified the clothes but kept a long sleeve jersey which may have been too much but I was never overheated. plus I got caught in lite showers so it was good to have some additional coverage. near the 1/2 way point my saddle came loose, weird, and it took several stops and adjustments to get it right. ugh that's gonna kill my avrg speed huh?

28.5 miles
32.5 max
15.1 avrg
1hr 53 min saddle time
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Saturday 9/21/13
shopping for pavers for the new patio cut short so I got my ride in after all. as expected my 1st half stats are better that the whole ride stats. has someone on my tail most of the 1st half then she passed me and I stayed on her tail. I think both situations kept me on task. overcast but many sunny breaks, mid 70s.

1st half
16.57 miles
33 mph max
16.2 avrg
61 min

whole ride:
28.46 miles
33 mph max
14.6 avrg
1hr 57 min saddle time
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Saturday 9/28/13

paid bills, scoped out DCU for a refi at 4.25 30yr fixed, watered new seed and got a couple hrs to ride. sunny some clouds about 70 degrees. gorgeous fall day. glad my whole ride avrg didn't dip as much as last time, compared to half-way avrg.

half-way
16.5 miles
31.9 max
16 avrg

whole ride
28.46 miles
31.9 max
15.6 avrg
1hr 49 min saddle time
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Saturday 11/16/13 hit the CCRT temps 60 to start but it felt like 45, finished at maybe 45 felt colder than that the last few miles.

1st 1/2 #s
22 miles
23.2 max
14.4 avrg
1hr 32 min (1 desperate stop to pee up around Wellfleet near the wooded campgrounds and powerlines)

whole ride #s
44.4 miles
23.2 max
13.8 avrg
3 hrs 12min saddle time
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Old 02-21-14, 11:46 AM   #31
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Do you know what sort of wind issues you had those days? I notice on certain days the wind can kill my average speed.

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Do you know what sort of wind issues you had those days? I notice on certain days the wind can kill my average speed.Thanks,
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umm, I don't. those were excerpts from a log which had more text - I could go back and review those and scan for wind notes ...

but I hear ya, wind stinks. I gave up comparing myself to others a long time ago whether it's at the gym or on the bike, etc. there's always someone younger faster stronger older fatter weaker slower, so what's the point? anyway - that's my chant - I struggle sometimes like when I get passed. I don't like that ...
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I was up to 16 mph last year, but back to 14-15 mph due to winter layoff. 295 lbs.

If I was chasing someone, I'm sure I could push myself to more, but most of my rides are solo.
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amazing what a little incentive will do for ya. I remember being passed by a couple, but they must have timed their pass cuz after they got in front I tagged along at a faster pace for a good 20minutes before they went a different way at a fork. keeping up was a challenge but I did it. frankly I was a little glad they turned off, and I went back to my pace and had a pleasant 1/2 way stop. I like 2-3 hr rides with a stop 1/2 way for snackage and fluid refill
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Old 02-21-14, 10:03 PM   #35
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48 years old and 224lbs. 26 rides so far this year for 622 miles at 17.0 MPH.

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Just wondering what other 200+lb riders are averaging out there? I find my average to be quite a bit less than lighter riders over in the "road bike" section of the forum. Obviously strength and endurance training will bring my average up but will I max out because of my weight penalty? I don't have much to loose body fat wise so I'm as close to fit as I will probably get without going on an extreme diet.
To get to the truth, join strava. You can join the Bikeforums Clyde and Athena group on a free membership and see what people are "really" doing. With a premium membership you can sort your local segments by weight class or age and again see what people are "actually" doing. Keep in mind the really fast times will be tailwind and group aided.

You're in Florida. You have no big climbs. You have no excuse for not punishing the light weights. I can make most of my climbing mates wimper on the flats. It's not until the road turns upwards that we suffer.
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I checked my log from last summer/fall and I average 16 MPH on my mountain bike. I just bought a road bike so my average will certainly go up.
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To get to the truth, join strava. With a premium membership you can sort your local segments by weight class or age and again see what people are "actually" doing.
I lost a QOM to a woman who was stoker on a tandem with a younger male cap'n. Foul !!
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I took the computer off, so no real numbers to go by. I don't really care about how fast I'm going, as long as I am riding and putting in effort. It feels like 17-20 mph. It could realistically be 12-15, or 21+. I ride 'hard' enough to make me work, but not so intense that I couldn't talk to someone riding next to me.
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On my daily commute on my road bike I'm averaging 18 mph for a 22 mile trip. If it rains and I take the cross bike on the commute it'll knock the average speed down to 16 mph. On the weekends when I take the mtn bike out to hit the trails, average speed will be down in the 8 to 10 mph range depending on the amount of hills.

Highest average speed was earlier this month. I was lured into a 45 mile group ride that was billed as "in the 17-19 mph range". Well within my capabilities on the road bike. I held on to the back of the speeding freight train (never took a pull) for 44 of the 45 miles. Lost them on the last hill! Average speed was 22.1 mph for that ride. Took several beers and a few minutes in the spa to recover from that ride.
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I lost a QOM to a woman who was stoker on a tandem with a younger male cap'n. Foul !!
In defense of tandem riders; they have been petitioning Strava for quite some time to provide them with a "tandem" category to log their rides in. It's equally annoying to them that they can't segregate their tandem rides from their own solo rides as it is to us. In some instances they've actually targeted very popular segments in order to help build support from outside the tandem brethren for this change.


But, as I pointed out, when looking at any of the fastest times on any popular strava segments, you can be assured that they were in some way "aided" and not a simple, solo, no wind, effort.

However, it is useful to see what a percentage of the cycling population are "actually" doing. Granted it's a percentage that is skewed toward those who are committed enough to own a gps device and motivated to download their rides. But, it's something more concrete than some of the numbers you sometimes see floated on Bikeforums.
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On my daily commute on my road bike I'm averaging 18 mph for a 22 mile trip. If it rains and I take the cross bike on the commute it'll knock the average speed down to 16 mph. On the weekends when I take the mtn bike out to hit the trails, average speed will be down in the 8 to 10 mph range depending on the amount of hills.

Highest average speed was earlier this month. I was lured into a 45 mile group ride that was billed as "in the 17-19 mph range". Well within my capabilities on the road bike. I held on to the back of the speeding freight train (never took a pull) for 44 of the 45 miles. Lost them on the last hill! Average speed was 22.1 mph for that ride. Took several beers and a few minutes in the spa to recover from that ride.
I've always wondered what real world advantage a paceline gives a rider. Thanks!

Two years ago at age 37 and 240# I started bicycle commuting a bit on my 20 year old department store mountain bike. At first it was 3 miles to the first bus, switch to the second bus, then 1.5 miles to work. Probably averaged 11 mph. Within a couple of weeks I was skipping the first bus, riding 7 miles to catch the second bus and averaging almost 13 mph. In the mornings I'd go at a good moderate pace, but after work I'd usually be huffing and puffing the whole way, trying to set a new PR. Heck, that's pretty much the way I still ride. :-) Two months into this I tried biking home the whole 20 miles just to see how I'd do. Never used the bus again. I was probably biking about 3 times a week. By the end of the summer I was averaging about 15.5 mph and down to 220#.

Then we moved closer to my work, 11 miles each way, and now I'm biking to and from work 4 days a week on average. Despite biking 4200 miles last year, I still bounce between 210# and 220#, and average about 15.5 to 16 mph on my mountain bike.

Last fall I finally fixed up my '02 Specialized Allez road bike. Now I average 17 mph on my commute. Recently, just for fun, I went all out on my way home. I hadn't set a PR in a few months and wanted to break that record. With no wind at all, but a couple of lucky green lights, I averaged 18.9 mph! I've never ever come close to that kind of speed before, much less while riding home from work with a backpack full of my work clothes.

On my solo weekend rides, I can cruise at 18 mph for most of a 30 mile ride if I'm pushing hard. I'd love to see what I can do on a club ride, but I'm always working on Saturday and Sunday mornings. :-(

BTW, all of my quoted average speeds are the Strava calculated "moving time" averages.

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The weight of the engine steadily decreased as I rode since I just started in August last year. Started out at 235 and ended about 218 (climbed a few since winter hit and I was done riding.)

I'm on a Walmart Mongoose dual suspension mountain bike, so not the greatest. I ride an almost perfectly flat paved bike trail along the Allegheny River, riding 12 miles per day and occasionally increasing miles on the weekends. Longest ride was 26 miles. That is as long as the rear end allowed, it gives out faster than the legs or the lungs. My limit is an hour and a half on this bike, which the 26 mile ride was about 2 hours.

I started out with my cruising speed on the flat trail at about 12 mph. After 3 months when winter hit, I was cruising at 15-16 mph on my daily 12 miles.

I don't understand how my average ends up being what it is. My average is calculated with moving speed. If I stop, the bike computer stops. I ride steadily at 15-16 mph for 6 miles and stop at my turn-around point. I don't slow down until that point. I get a drink of water at 6 miles, turn around and ride back at 15-16 mph without stopping. Yet, my average is 12-13 mph.

Tax refund should be deposited this week and hope to get a new Giant Escape 1 ordered this week. There's still probably 20 inches of snow on the trail I ride since it doesn't get any direct sun so I won't be riding for a bit yet, but I can't wait to see what speed I can ride at getting rid of the dual suspension, getting thinner non-knobby tires, and on a bike that is better all around. I ride for an hour worth of daily exercise and I'm hoping to ride to the camps for my turn-around point which would be 9 miles out and 9 back. I want to do that in an hour on the new bike.
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20 MPH @ 260 pounds, more than that if I'm cycling on flat, which is rare where I live.
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The weight of the engine steadily decreased as I rode since I just started in August last year. Started out at 235 and ended about 218 (climbed a few since winter hit and I was done riding.)

I'm on a Walmart Mongoose dual suspension mountain bike, so not the greatest. I ride an almost perfectly flat paved bike trail along the Allegheny River, riding 12 miles per day and occasionally increasing miles on the weekends. Longest ride was 26 miles. That is as long as the rear end allowed, it gives out faster than the legs or the lungs. My limit is an hour and a half on this bike, which the 26 mile ride was about 2 hours.

I started out with my cruising speed on the flat trail at about 12 mph. After 3 months when winter hit, I was cruising at 15-16 mph on my daily 12 miles.

I don't understand how my average ends up being what it is. My average is calculated with moving speed. If I stop, the bike computer stops. I ride steadily at 15-16 mph for 6 miles and stop at my turn-around point. I don't slow down until that point. I get a drink of water at 6 miles, turn around and ride back at 15-16 mph without stopping. Yet, my average is 12-13 mph.

Tax refund should be deposited this week and hope to get a new Giant Escape 1 ordered this week. There's still probably 20 inches of snow on the trail I ride since it doesn't get any direct sun so I won't be riding for a bit yet, but I can't wait to see what speed I can ride at getting rid of the dual suspension, getting thinner non-knobby tires, and on a bike that is better all around. I ride for an hour worth of daily exercise and I'm hoping to ride to the camps for my turn-around point which would be 9 miles out and 9 back. I want to do that in an hour on the new bike.
Congrats on the weight loss.

Rear end giving out may have something to do with a poor saddle on current bike. Then again, it does take time-on-the-saddle to toughen up the rear end and get used to it. You can't just go from riding 1-hour to suddenly riding 6 or more: your bum & back will hurt. Also, make sure you're standing up out of the saddle from time-to-time to stretch and alleviate pressure on the area.

Avg speed is also effected as you slow down and when you accelerate back up after coming to a stop. It takes time to go from 15mph to 0mph and back again. Also, it's possible that the computer isn't actually stopping recording but continues to do so in the background as you are stopped/stopping and calculates avg speed from total time. My computer has a customizable feature that allows me to stop it from recording when I go below 3mph (presuming a stop). But, avg speed is still effected by the slowing down/speeding up until I get below 3mph. My highest avg speed rides are when I don't do any stopping.
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I'm 243lbs, 5'7". So not the healthiest weight, but not obese. My average lately is 16.5 MPH or so on my hybrid. I'm looking forward to seeing my average on my new road bike in a few weeks.
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Make sure you evaluate those '41' claims with a healthy dose of salt. Then keep in mind there are ways to calculate your average that affect the result. Are you deducting idle time? Are you just looking down at your computer when you're flying along and that's your "average" for the whole ride?

If I ride on the local mup, wiht all it's flipping stop signs, lights and diverts, I'll average < 15 mph. If I ride on the street next to the mup I'll average 17-18. Ride in a group and you can add a few mph to that.
Right on. The 14-16 mile flat to slight rolling MUP I ride frequently has 24 stops/slow downs/intersections and to average 14 I really have to book and to average 13.5 I have to book slightly less. Out on the highway I'm at 15-17 depending on many factors with wind being the big one and windage the tough one (for a solo rider). I've really noticed the diminishing returns above 15 mph as every mile an hour increase costs real watts. My long range goal is a steady state 20 mph solo and that'll take ~220 watts. I'm right on 125-130 watts now at a steady 16 mph. That extra 4 mph will take me about 2-3 more years at my slow but steady rate of improvement. I typically ride on the hoods and could go faster on the drops but...I'm not really that flexible. I use the Bike Calculator app and all things considered, it seems to be have consistent and repeatable calcs.
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In defense of tandem riders; they have been petitioning Strava for quite some time to provide them with a "tandem" category to log their rides in. It's equally annoying to them that they can't segregate their tandem rides from their own solo rides as it is to us. In some instances they've actually targeted very popular segments in order to help build support from outside the tandem brethren for this change.
I wish they had more bicycle categories. I log my BMX rides, but it is kind of silly to stack a 55gi 20" wheel bike with sub par ergos against a road bike. I mainly use Strava for the info, though.

Strava tells me I am averaging between 6-12mph on the little rides I go on.
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10-12mph (the latter is prob with the wind at my back)

I am 330lbs and ride a mountain bike with mountain bike tires on city streets.
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At times I had endomondo (workout tracker) pause during stops and other times I did not. With all that my averages were 10.81 mph for 2013. My goal is to up that over 2014 and be over 14 mph for my normal rides. Not sure if I can get there but that's my goal.
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