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    Ain't Easy Being Cheesy CheeseLouise's Avatar
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    Is this bad????????

    Okay, I am not 50, I am 42, a few years to go, but I am married to a 50+er (Cheeseflavor ) Hope that counts, if not please forgive my post

    Anyhow, I have to ask a question. Here is the scene...we did a 50 mile ride today winds were 15 mph gusting to 23+. Time for a little honesty... I am 5'5" and well on the heavy side 200+ and that is all I will admit too; Cheese' is 6'4" and 205.

    Back to the ride, on the first half of the ride (25 miles) we averaged 19.1 mph with a tail wind, at the end of the ride our average was 16.1 mph.

    Here is my question...is this a good effort/time and pace, taking into account the headwind/tailwind, I am a girl, heavy and short? What say you all?


    BTW, not a trick question, just looking for honesty and opinions

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    I don't know what the experts would say, but I'd be ecstatic to get an average like that. I'm a Clydesdale myself, and I don't come close to those average speeds, particularly in wind like that.

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    I am a Clydesdale also and also would be tickeled pink with that average over a 50 mile ride, wind or no wind.

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    I think your average is fine. I'm 60 years old and weigh 160lbs and most of my rides average around 17mph. I did a hilly 32 miler today with real strong north winds (it was a north, south ride) and it took me 2 hours: that's 16mph. You guys are doing great! Keep it up.

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    I completed 50 miles this evening also. Same wind you are describing. I had to go down on my Aero Bars all the way against this wind. That got me 16.5 MPH average one way.
    On return, with the wind, I was going well over 20 MPH and sometimes 22 MPH.
    The total trip was 17.5 MPH average per Astrale 8 computer. BTW, I worked very hard at it and nobody passed me.
    So your 16.1 MPH is respectable and under those conditions requires quite an effort to improve it.

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    I'd be happy to do those speeds in a car.
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    Sounds fine to me, in fact, sounds better than fine. Good job!

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    OK someone has to ask the question.
    Did you check your wheel calibration???? HA!
    We went to war on faulty facts such as this.
    Thought I'd be the first to ask. We are the old farts you know.
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    Hi everyone. Thanks! We did ride hard; at least it feels like it.

    And yes, so as to not start any wars... the wheel calibration is correct, Cheese' can verify that, although he may be a bit bias

    Okay, so far the opinion is not bad for a couple of ole farts, right?

    Did I mention we did all 50 miles on some pretty tough rollers. Maybe Cheese can post an elevation map...it might make the burn in the thighs and the sun burn on the arms feel better
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Paulie
    You braggin' or complainin', Hill Slug?
    Both... the legs hurt and the sun burn is painful also, but the ride was fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee
    I don't know what the experts would say, but I'd be ecstatic to get an average like that. I'm a Clydesdale myself, and I don't come close to those average speeds, particularly in wind like that.

    My hat's off to you and your lovely husband.
    Thanks DG! Very nice of you
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    Quote Originally Posted by HILL SLUG
    Hi everyone. Thanks! We did ride hard; at least it feels like it.

    And yes, so as to not start any wars... the wheel calibration is correct, Cheese' can verify that, although he may be a bit bias

    Okay, so far the opinion is not bad for a couple of ole farts, right?

    Did I mention we did all 50 miles on some pretty tough rollers. Maybe Cheese can post an elevation map...it might make the burn in the thighs and the sun burn on the arms feel better
    Just checkin Hill Slug, you and the CheeseBigger put the hammer down on an early season ride up there in land o lakes. Great Job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    It's okay to brag a little -- everyone here does it Nice ride.

    But next time you start with "Do you think this is a good effort?", I want to hear: 100 miles, gale force winds coming and going, uphill both ways, and 20mph average

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Paulie
    OK, Gary, let's not "mix our metaphors."
    How about, her 'tasty' husband? (Cheeseflavor, get it???)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee
    How about, her 'tasty' husband? (Cheeseflavor, get it???)
    DG, is there something you and Steve are not telling me
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    I need more cowbell. Digital Gee's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by HILL SLUG
    DG, is there something you and Steve are not telling me
    Well, we have become quite close. Just saying.
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    I consider any distance ride with an average above 16 mph to be pretty successful. Say 40 miles plus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmichell
    It's okay to brag a little -- everyone here does it Nice ride.

    But next time you start with "Do you think this is a good effort?", I want to hear: 100 miles, gale force winds coming and going, uphill both ways, and 20mph average
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    I've heard enough- all this about fast averages, high winds and hilly rides. Its time you sorted Cheeseflavour out- Haven't seen a report from him about this ride. Is he in disgrace because he slipstreamed all the way, or did he take a short cut somewhere.

    That ride would be an achievement for a "Non"clydesdale, or in fact for most riders. Reckon you will have to take a holiday and come to the UK. Bring SPD's and cycling clobber with you- I have a ride set up for you- Any ride but it is with me. I could do with some power coming in from the other seat on the Tandem right now. (Pilots on holiday for another week and havent got a decent co-rider) Cheese flavour can come aswell- but he will have to bring his wallet to buy the breakfast on the ride.

    Now slow down and let the others catch up with you.And Cheese flavour- Confirm or denie that you now have a reason to let 10lbs out of the tyres and get the brakes binding.
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    I can only achieve 16.1 MPH with a 30m MPH tail wind.......

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    16.1 like, WOW. With my average of 14.5 guess I better find that horse thread!
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    I'm pleased that my averages seem to have now gone above 14 permanently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam
    I've heard enough- all this about fast averages, high winds and hilly rides. Its time you sorted Cheeseflavour out- Haven't seen a report from him about this ride. Is he in disgrace because he slipstreamed all the way, or did he take a short cut somewhere.

    That ride would be an achievement for a "Non"clydesdale, or in fact for most riders. Reckon you will have to take a holiday and come to the UK. Bring SPD's and cycling clobber with you- I have a ride set up for you- Any ride but it is with me. I could do with some power coming in from the other seat on the Tandem right now. (Pilots on holiday for another week and havent got a decent co-rider) Cheese flavour can come aswell- but he will have to bring his wallet to buy the breakfast on the ride.

    Now slow down and let the others catch up with you.And Cheese flavour- Confirm or denie that you now have a reason to let 10lbs out of the tyres and get the brakes binding.
    Ok, I see I must defend my honor

    Truth be told, she's a sandbagger, a ringer. She can do much better. On a club ride, she'll average in the mid-17's - and this is over a 25 mile roller. She's always the fastest women in the group, and there are a few of them that have been riding for years longer.

    Anyway, here's a few pics taken during the ride. I was snapping pictures to support my side of the story as I rode along.

    This first one shows Linda throwing down the gauntlet and breaking away:



    Notice the look on my face as I cannot believe my fortune:



    Here I am speeding along in hot pursuit:



    Lastly, and this is the proof to support my side of the story, a picture of the front of her bike I snapped as I rocketed past her:



    And we all know that pictures don't lie

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    I'm satisfied if I average over 20 km per hour (15-16 mph) on rides of a couple of hours or more, usually my rides involve a few hills that push me down into my 26T chainring. I'm 52, 158 lbs.
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