This is why motorists hate us, and why I've given up riding on the road...You should be ashamed yourself, and you should be reviled by cyclists everywhere.
this is it. get there on time , or look for another Job.Fast enough to not get in trouble for being late!
Most amatuer road races (licensed) tend to be in the mid 20's, but a pack moving at speed will easily go into the 30's. Personally I race track. My hour record is 24 miles in an hour (yes that is 24mph, and I'm not the fastest guy), our relay races average about 33mph for 10 miles, and sprints peak around 40mph. That is on a fixed gear bike (at well over 110rpm)
No reason why a strong rider can't sprint in the 30+ range at 110rpm on flat windless ground - especially if he can shift gears! :-)
Last edited by chas58; 06-05-14 at 08:46 PM.
Record speed for me is 29.8 MPH on my fixed gear commuter with 69 gear inches. I can do that for only about 8-10 seconds on flat as a pancake road with no wind...I am guessing my cadence must of been around 144 rpm's and I just spin out and need to slow down. This was done while wearing a backpack, carrying a heavy lock and being a little tired from working all day. My bike is not set up for sprinting, it has fenders , front rack and non-racing tires...
This is way better than the top speed of your motorcycle thread on this other forum I visit
A good speed for me is 16 mph average. This is in single speed with about 70 gear inches, over rolling hills with only one long flat stetch of about 2.5 miles. I might push 18 on the geared bike, but that thing is a tank and I'd be getting a workout at that average speed. My normal route is shy of nine miles.
One of the alternate routes, on the way home, has a long steep downhill that I feel comfortable spinning out on. Sheldon's gear inch calculator suggests my 700x35 tire with a 48x11 drive at 140? Rpm is over 40 mph. Not sure if I can spin at 140 rpm, but on this one stretch I definitely spin out in that gear, and as such am reasonably convince I am over 40 mph.
The only thing nicer than not having a speedometer is not having a shifter either!
What ever speed you do, is a good speed. I'm serious. Enjoy the commute .
12-18mph, but it does get irritating with all the stopping that you just end up holding back
Assume nothing; Question everything
Compare race speeds
Bike Ride Profile | E3 near Folsom | Times and Records | Strava
With commute speeds
Bike Ride Profile | commute near Sacramento | Times and Records | Strava
Last edited by caloso; 06-06-14 at 01:23 AM.
Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!
It does depend a lot on the bike. A lot of commuters like panniers and wide tires with flat protection. A bike like that might have a typical 10-15mph average speed.
I get a 20% improvement switching to high performance skinny tires (i.e. 25mm gatorskins).
As for racing, I can add on another 20-30% improvement for riding in a pack (which reduces aero drag when drafting) and maybe a 50% improvement from the adrenaline used in an actual race.
But for commuting, I purposely go out of my way to slow down, ride through parks and green spaces, and just enjoy parts of the commute and being outside in the morning or evening.
So, are you now saying that it takes you "a few mins" to complete "a few hundred meter sprint"? If so, that would also be completely hilarious given your initial exaggerated claims of sprinting prowess.
In what universe is "more than 10 seconds" anything equivalent to "a few mins"? Now all you're posting about is "hitting mid 30s". For a handful of seconds.25 mph is a high cat5 to cat4 speed for a flat tt course. Nothing to write home about. And once again if you actually took the time to *read* what I wrote you would realize i was discussing a brief sprint. in fact, hitting mid 30s on a full on sprint is relatively easy (~100 rpm in the big ring) for any fit rider on a road bike. maintaining it for more than 10 seconds is difficult but not impossible. (especially if conditions are favorable.)
The way you're backpedaling from your initial absurd claim of "i can do 36ish for a few mins", you probably should run your chain in a figure 8, pedal backwards on your bike, and actually go "36ish for a few mins".
Glad to see in your case it wasn't your bike computer that needed recalibrating - it was YOU. Else you'd be a hypocrite to go along with being a preposterous braggart.
Last edited by achoo; 06-06-14 at 12:46 PM.
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This is what you claimed:
Last edited by achoo; 06-06-14 at 12:50 PM.
oh, let it go...
12- 14 mph with head wind. 16-18 mph no wind or hills. Slower on the mt bike with studded tires. Hit 46 on a mt bike in a tuck. Giant paved downhill. Knobby tires were screaming. 41 with a loaded touring bike, big downhill.
the only good speed is ludicrous speed
- On cross country bike tours with loaded panniers and wide open spaces I average 13mph. I am not in a rush when on vacation.
- On city streets I try to stay at or above 20mph as I find motorists treat me more like "one of them" if I can stay above 20. I have cut across town for 7 miles at 23mph average - by far my best time ever catching mostly green lights and running a red or two.
- Twice a year I do a 150 mile day ride. My average speed is 16 mph. So I assume this is a fair guess at how I would act if I were not keeping up with cars in the city grid. 16-18mph - depending on wind direction - is very comfy for me.
"For all we know his skills may be excellent, allowing him to ride like an idiot without actually being one." - FBinNY