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Old 06-30-17, 10:00 AM   #101
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28km round trip is about 17 miles or 8.6 miles each way. Assuming you go about 13 mph (in sandals) that would take about 39 minutes. To cut that down 5-10 minutes you would need to be going 16-18 mph. Clip pedals will help but I think it's mainly about getting stronger. You can do that by riding more

If your already going faster in sandals (15 mph), then to cut down by 5-10 minutes, you would need to be hitting 18-20 mph. Depending on what your average speed is, it may or may not be possible without external assists.
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Old 07-01-17, 12:44 PM   #102
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A lot of this boils down to, pay attention to how fast you're going, and take measures to go faster
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Have you looked at alternative routes that avoid the worst of the hills? I've been bike commuting for about 17 years now but for the first couple of years i simply rode on the same routes that I had been driving for years. It took a bit of exploratory recreational riding to discover that adding a few kilometers on different streets actually reduced my ride times considerably.
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Old 07-17-17, 10:51 AM   #104
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It might just be me being a little height challenged but it seems that folks on big bikes always seem to pass me. I ride a 51cm and those bikes that look like 56cm and bigger go faster. Might just be they are younger and stronger (bigger engines). Anyway, just some random thoughts going through my mind as I ride... Unless there is some truth with bigger bikes going faster. Maybe their cranks are longer or something... :-)
As a taller dude - I don't go faster than others. I do have a bike with 200mm cranks though (KHS Flite 747) and when I am on that - I sure can generate a lot of torque. I go faster on that bike just for novelty sake. In any case, crank size and speed has been studied a lot and I think the outcome is that more aero higher cadence wins. With 200mm cranks you cannot do aero without beating your belly off with your knees - meaning that shorter cranks get you more aero.
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Old 07-18-17, 01:45 PM   #105
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If I had a pool noodle sticking out from my bike, I'd be whacking butts all day.
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I passed a guy on an e-bike going up a steel hill! I can't pass e-bikes normally, but the hill was steep enough that it was a bit too much for his motor. I was surprised I did it!
Good for you! I think e-bikes make good rabbits if you feel frisky enough. I once saw a dude that looked like the Michelin man come speeding by me on a mountain bike during winter. It was the slight grade going uptown on St Nicholas Ave in Harlem. I couldn't believe it. Then I caught up to him since he stopped to check his bike for some reason. I then saw the pregnant rear hub and then knew that it was an e-bike...
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Old 07-18-17, 05:54 PM   #106
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getting to work faster

Option C: the best way I've found to get to work faster is to put all the pre-ride preparations onto autopilot. Out of the house & garage and on the road pronto.Same thing in the pm. With the bike... for commuting, it's all in the tires. That the bike has a certain heft is a given. Silly clipless shoes and pedals won't make you faster commuting.
So says me.
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