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Old 07-20-08, 08:46 PM   #1
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How long does it take to ride 60 miles?

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I'm not much experienced in long distance riding but I'm curious as to how long a 60 mile reasonably flat (a couple of large hills) would take?

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Old 07-20-08, 08:50 PM   #2
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It all depends on your average speed.

10mph - 6 hours
15mph - 4 hours
20mph - 3 hours

That's implying that you don't stop.
catch my drift?
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Takes me three hours plus a few minutes. If you have never rode that far, I bet it would be longer.
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Old 07-20-08, 09:16 PM   #4
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Given that you're just really getting going on any kind of distance riding, give yourself 6 hours, maybe even 6 1/2. Take good breaks every 15 to 20 miles, drink well and eat something. The first time you ride that far, you'll think you'll want to die when you're done and then 3 days later, you'll want to try it again. Get yourself some good bike shorts with the chamois in them...ask me how I know

Keep in mind, I'm giving your generalities here and it depends on your overall shape and age. My first ride of that distance was when I was 40 years old.
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Old 07-21-08, 03:38 AM   #5
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Depends on your age, conditioning and type of bike. On a fast road bike 25 years ago I would have done it in under 3 hours. Today on my Raleigh 3 speed that would take a good 5+ hours FWIW that is what I usually plan on for a long day on tour.

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Given that you're just really getting going on any kind of distance riding, give yourself 6 hours, maybe even 6 1/2. Take good breaks every 15 to 20 miles, drink well and eat something. The first time you ride that far, you'll think you'll want to die when you're done and then 3 days later, you'll want to try it again. Get yourself some good bike shorts with the chamois in them...ask me how I know

Keep in mind, I'm giving your generalities here and it depends on your overall shape and age. My first ride of that distance was when I was 40 years old.
+1. When I was first starting to ride any distances, I was pretty consistantly averaging right around 10MPH. As beatnik stated, if you don't know already, you're probably new to this type of riding and you'll need at leat 2 stops in there, probably more. You push yourself too fast and without eating, you won't make the distance.
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Old 07-21-08, 08:34 AM   #7
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Ouch! Yea I've never ridden such distance before and looks like I have to get up to speed. Hey guys I appreciate your time and info regarding this.

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Riding time is calculated while riding. Resting stops do not count as riding time. Bike computers will give you the data that you need. Road bikes will get you there quicker because of the skinny tires, gearing, aero positioning of the rider. Those "couple of hills" will bring the average speed down.

By your comments, its you who wants to do a 60 mile ride.
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Old 07-21-08, 09:42 AM   #9
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Riding time is calculated while riding. Resting stops do not count as riding time.
Sure they do, if the issue at hand is "I need to be there at noon; when should I leave home?"

If that's the reason you're asking, s-one, then you've already gotten excellent advice: the first time out, give yourself at least six hours. You might not need the whole time -- if you're in excellent shape, get no flats, and take no wrong turns, you might need three hours or less -- but this way you can enjoy the ride without worrying about the clock.
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Oh yeah, the take no wrong turns part is pretty key - speaking as someone who accidentally rode 65 rather than my intended 40 km the other day... oops.

The question is a little bit like asking "how long is a piece of string," though! Need more information... terrain, bike, rider, etc.
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Hi all.

I'm not much experienced in long distance riding but I'm curious as to how long a 60 mile reasonably flat (a couple of large hills) would take?

Thanks,
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What bike are you riding, or at least what kind of bike? How long have you been riding? You said new to long distance riding but you may have been riding for a while.
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10 mph 6 hours,just finished my ride from chicago 8200 south at the lakefront to crown point indiana on the bike trails 50 miles approximately,took me about 5.5 hours.
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Given that you're just really getting going on any kind of distance riding, give yourself 6 hours, maybe even 6 1/2. Take good breaks every 15 to 20 miles, drink well and eat something. The first time you ride that far, you'll think you'll want to die when you're done and then 3 days later, you'll want to try it again. Get yourself some good bike shorts with the chamois in them...ask me how I know

Keep in mind, I'm giving your generalities here and it depends on your overall shape and age. My first ride of that distance was when I was 40 years old.
Counting stops etc., that's what I think too.
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10 mph 6 hours,just finished my ride from chicago 8200 south at the lakefront to crown point indiana on the bike trails 50 miles approximately,took me about 5.5 hours.
This sounds like a reasonable benchmark for a new rider looking to go the 60 suggested miles.
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Hi all.

I'm not much experienced in long distance riding but I'm curious as to how long a 60 mile reasonably flat (a couple of large hills) would take?

Thanks,
s-one
As others have said, depends on your speed. I did 60 a few weeks ago (and I will be 60 in December), it took 4hours and 20 minutes in the saddle, but with breaks it was more like 5 hours total. Going to attempt 90 this Friday.
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This sounds like a reasonable benchmark for a new rider looking to go the 60 suggested miles.
I would guess about 10 mph average too.
Not including time for butt-relief rest stops, and these will get longer as the day progresses....
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As the day progresses it may get harder to keep up that 10mph too. Rode 24 today in less than 2 hours, but if I had 36 to go no way I could keep up the pace.
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I have a hard time carrying enough fluid for a longer ride, so maybe you want to map out your rest stops at locations where you can replentish your fluids...you might be surprised with how much you drink on a longer ride. Good luck and have fun.
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Depends on how fast your ride
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s-one, what is the longest distance you have attempted so far? Another factor to consider is WIND. It never fails on some rides, it feels like you are riding into the wind both ways.
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It depends on whether you plan to ride the 60 miles as if it were a life-or-death time-trial, or you want to enjoy the ride, the scenery and a coffee shop or two along the way.
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Hi all.

I'm not much experienced in long distance riding but I'm curious as to how long a 60 mile reasonably flat (a couple of large hills) would take?

Thanks,
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Answer: It depends. How rough is the terrain, what kind of bike are you riding, and what kind of condition are you in?

In my home stomping grounds, in NW CT, It'll take me 5.5 to 6 hrs, give or take. I did the same distance in billiard table flat Long Island, pulling a trailer in about 4.5.

P.S. That's why I find discussions of average speed fairly useless. In an international internet forum like this, there is such a wide variety of terrain discussing mph only is, IMHO, an utter waste of time.

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another thing you have to take into account is traffic + stops/lights. if you're riding in a city setting, you'll be more protected by the wind, but lights + signs + bad drivers will slow you down. in the country you're more exposed to the wind, but you have fewer reasons to slow down.

a trip like that would take me maybe a touch less than four hours. i really wouldn't know; longest i've done this season is 76km on pretty hilly roads. took me a touch under three hours and i had a break (15 min) half-way through.
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It only takes 1 hour @ 60mph.
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