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Old 01-11-05, 09:34 PM   #1
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I don't mean this in a competitive way. I know I ride slower than racers or even scenic riders, because some of them have passed me, but I suspect I ride a bit slower than some of you, too. On the other hand, I see a guy going the other way many mornings at what must be about 10 MPH, so I'm wondering how wide the range is. In good weather, I can average between 14-15, but more often it's 13 something, 12 something in bad weather. I suppose it also depends a lot on your ratio of stoplights to open stretches. I have about 1 red light or stop sign per mile (averaging it out).

I wonder what else influences speed. I have a hybrid, and I know that the upright position generally gives less power than leaning over. No pedal clips. And I wear everyday clothes, not biking duds, so I guess I'm not as streamlined.

There's one downhill on my route where I have gotten up to 30 for a few glorious seconds. Of course going up the same hill the other way slows me down to 8 sometimes!

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Old 01-11-05, 09:38 PM   #2
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To school, 15-23mph.
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Old 01-11-05, 09:45 PM   #3
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Fast? Ya right..boast post: very fast.
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In the morning, all fresh and warmed up, I can easily cruise about 17-18 mph for most of the 13 miles to work.

The ride home is a little bit slower at 15-16 mph.

I wonder why?
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Old 01-11-05, 10:05 PM   #5
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In the morning, all fresh and warmed up, I can easily cruise about 17-18 mph for most of the 13 miles to work.

The ride home is a little bit slower at 15-16 mph.

I wonder why?
Downhill, uphill? Prevailing winds? Your relative energy level?
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Old 01-11-05, 10:07 PM   #6
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Depends on the weather and which bikes I use. In a dry weather with my Orbea with little traffic stops, roughy about 16 to 17 mph average. Typical pace speed is about 17 mph to 19 mph. Over 17 miles, I can get to work within 1 hour and 10 minutes or so. With my bad weather MTB added with frequent traffic stops, the one way commute can take me about 1 hour and 25 minutes. Average speed is about, maybe, 14 or 15.
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Old 01-11-05, 10:22 PM   #7
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I average around 15mph cold and rainy, about 16mph above freezing, about 17mph when it's warm on my mtb. Ironically, same speeds on my roadbike due to the fact that I plow over a lot more broken pavement and everything on my mtb and I keep going.
I have about 1 light every block, which is about 15-20 lights per mile. But I have to slow down a lot to run a lot of em. Plus a lot of traffic to deal with. What influences speed most usually though is the temperature and day of week. I start out the week fresh and lose about .5-1mph average by the end of the week. I try to maintain the same speed but it's a lot easier when it's warm.
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My commute is on varied terrain, and I would say I average about 16 mph. I ride a steel hybrid sitting in a very upright position, with toe clips, a hefty rack back, lock, and tools in tow, probably 40 pounds overall.

The first 1.5 miles of my ride in the morning is on a very fast road, with about 3 lights. Then I'm on an extremely winding and sometimes sandy bike path for the next 3.5 miles, so I'm slowing down a lot. On the flats I go 18-20.
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I'll let you know in a few days, when I get my computer
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Especially during the summer months I allow plenty of time and go at a very easy pace as I hate to walk into my shop drenched in sweat. I usually stop at a coffee house, relax, and cool down a bit a mile or so before arriving at my shop.
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I typically average in the 14's most of the time. It has been in the low 13's to the high 15's depending on environmental factors and traffic.

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I took the computer off my commuter a couple of years ago and never put it back on. I would say I cruise around 14-15. I used to go faster, but I have become more of a touring commuter. I enjoy the commute more when I noodle along observing my surroundings.
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Old 01-12-05, 07:01 AM   #13
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Nice topic.

I average about 15 mph over a 15 mile stretch - half country road with nice bike lane and half city (still with bike lanes but includes lights.) I have a Cateye computer and it seems that I (we) can affect our averages if we don't coast to stops or lights. (as indicated by the intermittent revolving dial showing that the computer is calculating) Of course, I do coast to stops because I'm more concerned with a nice ride to and fro than setting personal speed records.

Does anybody hurry into stops so as to maintain the highest possible average?

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Old 01-12-05, 07:04 AM   #14
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Now in the winter on the slippery roads, bumpy snow-packed bike paths & my winter clothing & boots I'm doing good if I average more than 10mph.

In the summer my average speed is more like 15.5mph. I'm hoping the winter riding will be good conditioning. My goal is to be able to average 18-20mph this summer.

(I ride a commute equiped hybrid bike)
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My area to working is hilly, so I average 13-15 avg. On the flat I can do 16-17mph loaded with panniers on a steel touring frame bike, equipped with lights and all.
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I generally try to keep it above 17, but i also find the way back to take longer, maybe its in my head
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Old 01-12-05, 07:29 AM   #17
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I'm always quicker going home than going to work. Must be that I prefer my wife to my boss!!

18mph normally over 11 miles but up to 21mph with tailwind and green lights all the way.
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As fast as possible on a sit-up-and-beg bike, which means, no such thing as "fast." After all, I'm riding to work in a skirt and boots.
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Flat surface no wind, somewhere around 20 (without pushing - I'm lazy.)

Rock hard packed, pockmarked-by-pedestrians, re-frozen snow, about 4MPH on my MTB. (As demonstrated on my morning commute today.)
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Consistently in “normal conditions” 25 to 35 miles @ 13 ~ 15 MPH
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My bench mark speed with no wind in the Summer is 18mph over 13 miles one way. Add or subract from that as the wind dictates. I have no stop lights, and two very optional stop signs. (I think I actually had to stop once in the last 6 months!)

Winter months with slicks my bench mark speed is 16.5 with studs 14.5
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In the summer, I try to get my average round trip speed over 30 km/hr (19mph), and if the wind and traffic isn't bad I can usually do it. Now, in the winter, I'm down to around 24 km/hr (15mph)average, on a good day, less if the weather is poor. You could try some road tires on your hybrid, should get you another 1 or 2 mph.
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My cruising speed is between 18 and 23 mph. Average with traffic, lights, and so on is 15 to 18 mph.
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I've got a horrible sore throat so I took the subway today. 1hr 25 min. I can bike to work consistently in 40 min. I can maintain about 8 mph jogging. It's 12 miles or so to work. Which means I can consistently JOG to work in about the same time as public transportation.
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Around 20mph. At least that's what my gf says. I don't use a computer.

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