With several people wanting to get more speed out of their bikes-I should just like to tell you of a couple of things that I have done in the last few weeks.
First of all I am new to road biking- only had a Road bike for a year but just under 2 weeks ago- I picked up my new bike. I have been out as much as possible trying to get the thing run in and for me to get to know the bike. As this has higher gearing on it- I have been doing some flatter rides since I got it and only taking in slopes of around 5% for about 1/2 mile.
Last Sunday I got to know the bike so went on a Ride with more slopes in it and a lot more climbing. It showed me that I could take the easy rides with ease so tonight I tackled a harder ride that I use for a quick ride. Only 20 miles and it is a lot up and Down but it gives me a work out if I do not have more than a couple of hours to ride in. It is split in 2 parts with the first 10 miles down to the Seafront for a coffee. The best I have ever done this in was around 40 Minutes and average speed is normally in the 14.5 mph bracket. Normally a bit slower and the best Ever was 14.9 mph. Tonight I went out and as I know the bike- Know the gears- and I felt good- I went out and pushed all the way. Not greatly but kept pressure on the pedals and kept myself breathing hard all the way. Average at the Cafe was 16.1 mph and 33 minutes. Then the route back and it is a gentle ride with just a couple of slopes but continual gentle rise all the way home. It was going to be just the same with putting in the pressure all the way but I always lose another 1.5 to 2mph off my average for the whole ride. Not tonight- I just lost .1 off the average and finished it in 16mph average.
Now possibly some of this is down to the new bike- But it wasn't last week. Since getting the New one- I have been trying to strengthen the legs by pushing just a bit harder for as long as possible on a ride. Tonight was the first time that I managed it for a full 20 miles.
So if you want to increase your speed on the bike- Then you have two choices
Spend $5,000 on a new 15 lb bike
Get out and take some training rides where you set yourself a target- and get to it
Or Spend $5,000 on the new bike and Set up a training regime to make certain you have not Mis-spent the kids Inheritance.