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Old 09-24-07, 11:50 PM   #1
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Todays commute :)

Ok so this is how I got my Name.

RTM:1:19:42
DST: 16:95
AVG: 12.7
MAX 25.8
ODO 102.9 (YAY 100 miles!!!)


My first full commute.Love it so far..
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Old 09-25-07, 06:27 AM   #2
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Ok so this is how I got my Name.

RTM:1:19:42
DST: 16:95
AVG: 12.7
MAX 25.8
ODO 102.9 (YAY 100 miles!!!)


My first full commute.Love it so far..
Dear Mr. Snail,

It's not about the pace anyway. Glad you're enjoying the ride.

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Old 09-25-07, 07:38 AM   #3
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Yeah it ain't about the pace. Congrats on completing your first century

Keep it up.
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Old 09-25-07, 10:19 AM   #4
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If that's with lots of traffic control thrown in the mix, that's not bad at all. That's about what I average, but if I make all the lights, the average will shoot up to near 16 mph. It's amazing how traffic control slows you down.

Anyway, good on you for sticking with it.
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Forget average speed. Focus on adding another digit to the ODO reading.
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Eh .. for about two miles I ride thru a wild life preserve on a dirt path..6-8 mph tops..but the view is a hole lot better than whats out the truck window when i drive .
So ya my pace isnt whats it's all about at all..as most of ya'll allready know.

Its Like ..a bad ride to work on the bike..beats the HELL out of a good drive in the truck to work anyday..or something to that extent..
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Nice job, as others say the ODO is more important (and the MXS/MAX is more fun ) - averages can vary for me dramatically, 3 minutes difference in my 30 min. rides usually means anywhere from 14-17mph average, so I don't really take that into account anymore.

Congrats, keep going and enjoy!
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The first full commute is a major milestone, congrats!!!
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The first full commute is a major milestone, congrats!!!
What he said! Good job!

Avg speed is also a function of the kind of bike you're riding and the amount you're carrying with you. I ride a Giant Sedona (Kind of a MTB hybrid -- 26" tires and straight bars) that my friends call The Tank. The bike with all its stuff probably weighs 30-35 pounds all by itself. Add to that my ever-so-sexy 210 pound self and getting an average speed of 12-14 MPH overall is doing pretty well, IMHO.

I get passed all the time, but so what? Well, there was that one 4-year old on the tricycle I passed last week, but she caught me at the light

Keep on it! Be sure to brag about it to all the out-of-shape drivers when you grab your coffee!
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Nice job, as others say the ODO is more important (and the MXS/MAX is more fun ) - averages can vary for me dramatically, 3 minutes difference in my 30 min. rides usually means anywhere from 14-17mph average, so I don't really take that into account anymore.
It's pretty meaningless for city riding anyway, because of its stop-and-go nature.
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I love checking my monthly odometer and my max (downhill!) speed. Those are my two favorite numbers. Well, and the clock, just to make sure I have time to stop for some coffee before work.
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I think making it to work alive is the most important metric.
Everything else is secondary...duh.
I change what number I am paying attention to periodically. One week it will be cadence. The next my speed.
As of late with exhausting work shifts I just want to be on my bike. That is enough for me.
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Being in nooo hurry to get to work, I purposely go slow in the mornings.
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