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Old 07-06-08, 12:53 AM   #1
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New Top Speed!

I got a new top speed yesterday! 31.3! It was down a hill...lol But...hey...I don't ride a "road bike", so this isn't too bad, I guess.

I'm interested to see, on average, how much faster a "road bike" is than my Marin Novato.

What's your top speed? What's your common average speed on flat ground? What do you ride?
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Old 07-06-08, 05:15 AM   #2
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MTB with nobblies - 34 mph - 11.5mph avg
MTB with slicks - 35 mph - 13mph avg
Cross Bike w/semi nobblies - 38 mph 14mph avg
Cross Bike w/slicks - not yet tested.

I'm not a particularly fast cyclist as I prefer distance riding to speed.
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Old 07-06-08, 05:30 AM   #3
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on my MTB w/ 26/1.5 road tires, I have hit a max of 35.1 on a downhill racing to get to a safe area in a storm.

I hit 31/32 every day on commute on a downhill. My average is around 14 overall.
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Old 07-06-08, 05:36 AM   #4
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I was on a group ride and my friend had a computer... the top speed I hit on the road bike was 51mph.

That same route another time I got to 49 on my mtb.

No joke, that hill is STEEP.
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Old 07-06-08, 06:15 AM   #5
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I usually don't hit top speeds around town when commuting because of stop lights etc... but if I get a stretch of greens and I'm feeling fiesty I will cruise through town at about 17mph. There aren't many downhills around here, but I would guess my top speed is 25 on my road bike although I honestly have no idea. Here's a picture of what my area looks like to give you an idea of why I don't hit higher speeds:



Really, though, I have no computer and have only roughly calculated my average speed over distances of 15 miles or more. I have no idea what my speed is throughout a ride. This is on a road bike btw
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Old 07-06-08, 06:45 AM   #6
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On roadbike 45 mph downhill often. Much slower uphill.

I'm nowhere near fast, over my 25 mi course (some hills) I can average 17.5 mph without headwinds.

My average on my commuter for June was a little over 13mph... I think I'm going to start logging riding INTO work and riding AWAY from work, might be an interesting difference.

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Old 07-06-08, 07:01 AM   #7
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I had my 32-ish lb Atlantis up to around 28mph on a flat the other day, no wind. It was just a short sprint.
Was taking it easy for a lot of that ride and ended up averaging 16.5mph over 22 miles.
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Yeh my usual top speed is around 40kmph (~25MPH) down a little hill on my mtb commuting bike. One time i decided to just go for a sprint on flat road and see how fast i could go, reached 51kmph (~32MPH), never seemed to be able to go that fast since.. mustve been a nice rear wind tht day.

Not very fast, but yeh its commuting, slow and steady does the job. My tiny legs cant really produce much speed anyway. I find myself in amazement whenever i watch the tour de france, where theres ppl in their "superman" position going down hill at speeds in excess of 60 MPH.

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My top speed ever was 59.7 mph coming down off the North end of Carter Lake here in Colorado... lots of long, long descents around here! (Of course, they're usually accompanied by long, long climbs!)
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I got a new top speed yesterday! 31.3! It was down a hill...lol But...hey...I don't ride a "road bike", so this isn't too bad, I guess.

I'm interested to see, on average, how much faster a "road bike" is than my Marin Novato.

What's your top speed? What's your common average speed on flat ground? What do you ride?
A Trek 1500: Top speed, somewhere around 39mph. On many rides with a good hill I'll hit 35 on the way down. I tend to average around 13.5 in the city, and 15-17 if I'm out on the highways.

A Surly Cross Check: Top speed, somewhere around 33mph, it runs out of gears at about that speed. I generally average around 13, I really only ride it in the city. I usually cruise around 15mph, that's where the gearing is comfortable and relaxed at my power output. But that varies quite a bit with wind.
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Old 07-06-08, 10:40 AM   #11
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I got a new top speed yesterday! 31.3! It was down a hill...lol But...hey...I don't ride a "road bike", so this isn't too bad, I guess.

I'm interested to see, on average, how much faster a "road bike" is than my Marin Novato.

What's your top speed? What's your common average speed on flat ground? What do you ride?
My fastest downhill was somewhere estimated over 55 mph. On my recumbent, I hit a speedometer confirmed 49 mph. With my Surly Long Haul Trucker I hit 38+ mph. Its all pointless really since it depends on the grade and length of the hill. Aerodynamic drag has more to do with attaining top speeds as evidenced by the recent recumbent streamliner record of 81 mph on flat ground. Coast down testing for various bikes will show little difference, if you are in the same position on the bike. A heavy wide tired touring bike may actually be faster than a skinny tired race bike due to road vibes and tire/road contact. One bike isn't generally faster than another due to weight or parts and has more to due with positioning of the rider and wind drag. The final factor is the rider at least on flat ground and especially when climbing.
My top speeds on flat ground have been in the high 20's to low 30's. Average speeds cruising are around 15-22 mph depending on a bunch of factors.
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Old 07-06-08, 10:57 AM   #12
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What's your top speed?
50.0mph

What's your common average speed on flat ground?
19mph on flat ground. Most of my riding is on rolling hills and long climbs, and my overall average is closer to 15mph.

What do you ride?
Surly Cross-Check, 700 x 28 Conti UG tires.
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Old 07-06-08, 11:11 AM   #13
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Meaningless statistics are amusing.

Fixed gear: 32 mph with 42X16 gearing. Ouch
Old heavy touring bike with a less fit DJ: 45mph
CF racing road bike: 50 mph.

Current commute with SS @ 14.5 miles each way= 17-19 mph
Full commute with SS @ 28 miles each way=14-15 mph

All time high average and distance= 75 miles with a 20mph average on my CF bike.

..and what does this all mean? Nothing.
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Old 07-06-08, 01:10 PM   #14
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I hit 39.2mph one day on some pretty flate land, I had the wind in my favor, I was cursing at my self because i wanted to hit 40, All i need is a 11 in back but i only have a 13smallest
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My top speed ever was 59.7 mph coming down off the North end of Carter Lake here in Colorado... lots of long, long descents around here! (Of course, they're usually accompanied by long, long climbs!)

Hear hear.

56.6 coming down Deer creek Canyon from the top of the hill down to Murphy's Gulch an hour to ride up and 15 minutes coming down.
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I've gotten up to about 36mph on my MTB with 26x1.5 slicks on it. I was pedaling as hard as I could downhill in top gear!
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I often ride a circular bike path that's mostly flat. The circular route cancels any wind advantage. I average 17mph, 10 miles in 35 minutes. This is done on a $350 bike equipped with 700 x 28 Gatorbacks.

Most regular riders could do the same IMO.

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42.8 mph coming off the street bypass at the 84 mile marker of the C&O. For those that have done that hill, they'll know it well. They'll curse it if going from DC to Cumberland though! That's on a Trek MTB running 26x2.1 knobbies. Normal running unless there's lots of hills in the 12-14mph range (flat ground)

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Downhill I've hit 29.3, and those are small hills. Going flat I get up to 25 before I really feel it. My average speed is probably around 14-22 depending on traffic and tiredness. Going up-hill I stay a fairly steady 12 mph. I ride a Giant Revive.
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I usually hit around 41-42 mph each morning on my xtracycle on the big hill by my house.

Of course it's right by my house, so I'm not warmed up yet and it freezes my ass off.
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My top speed of all time was 68.72kph (42.7mph). It was on a about a 2% grade and pedaling like mad in my top gear (52-12 @ 125+RPM). , if i stopped pedalling, i'd loose speed instantly. I have no big clear hills on which to beat that one.
My average average for commuting this yer is 26.23kph (16.3mph) over flat rural terrain on a heavily loaded road bike.
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The Top speed I got was on my girlfriend's dad's Specialized Sequoia Elite. I got to 29.8 MPH on flat road before my Man parts started getting pulverized. He's quite a bit taller than I am, and pedaling hard and fast didn't work out too well for me.

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My top speed 21.5 on 32's. I usually don't allow my bike to pass this speed going down hill. I brake brake brake brake my way down. Sorry...I like my skin and I need add no more new scars to my battle wounds.
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Top speed: 47.47 mph. Nice steep downhill pedaling as hard as I could. If it were a longer hill I might have been able to hit 50.

My average speed with rolling hills is usually mid to upper 17s.
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