Yesterday I left in the dark and rode over to the next county for breakfast, planning to do a 54 mile ride. I'm only 53 but the birthday is next month, so this has been my plan since I started riding again last year. I actually had 57 miles when the day was over.
I averaged 14 mph on the way out and took less than 2 hours for 26 miles. Coming back by a different route, the wind got up and it was a grind to get home in about three hours riding time. I was only able to average a little over 12 mph. This is north Texas hill country, so it can be pretty rough but yesterdays route didn't have too many big hills.
I'm riding an old Schwinn hybrid that I have made into a tourer, and was carrying full fenders and racks, with a one bag on the rack for my reflective vest, rain gear, extra water, phone (no towns for 25 miles on return), camera, tools, and a few snacks. Total weight was probably about 40 pounds bike and all. When I started riding a year ago I was averaging about 9 mph on my 10 to 15 miles treks. Changing to 700 x 32 tires seemed to gain me a couple of miles per hour.
I have done a couple of three day tours to the closest state parks with daily mileage less than 45 miles and average about 10-12mph most days, except when the southwest wind kicks in and have averaged as little as 8 mph. On those trips the bike and gear weigh about 80 pounds. But my usual lunch run of 15 miles is about 10-12 mph.
Are these speeds about what one would expect? Are they too slow? How much would a lightweight roadbike with a minimum kit increase my speed?
Sunday night addendum ----- now I feel a little foolish. I thought the rear wheel needed truing as it was wobbling a little on the way home yesterday. I just checked....broken spoke on the cog side which will take the LBS to fix, and the rim rubbing against the brake, so maybe that was a little of the slowdown.