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    what type of speed is normal ?

    I Purchased an odometer yesterday and spent the day "playing" with my new toy. I averaged 10 mph but i wasn't in any racing paths. I was wondering what is the "normal " speed for cyclists.
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    What size is your tire?

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    10-15mph cruising on flats with little wind is a good average speed for normal people. At about 12+ mph how aero you are starts really kicking in.

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    10 MPH is pretty slow. That is the speed limit in places they want to force people to go slow. Sort of like the 25 mph near schools for cars.

    As others have said check tire size and set the odometer. If you are lucky enough to have a measured route use it.

    Oh and jut what do you mean by averaged? If the average on an odometer just how 10 comes out depends a lot on how calculated. Some exclude time stopped, others do not. Even for one that excludes stopped time if you were messing arround and starting and stopping a lot 10mph could be pretty reasonable, esp. if you are not starting and stopping quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icctrombone View Post
    I was wondering what is the "normal " speed for cyclists.
    "Normal" for me is about 13 mph...

    "Normal" for a rider in the TDF is about double that...

    "Normal" for many other riders falls between these two extremes... some "normal" speeds are lower...

    It varies greatly depending on type of bike (aerodynamics, rolling resistance etc), but more so on the condition of the motor (physical conditioning of the rider).

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    Normal beach cruiser: 8-10mph
    Normal comfort: 12-15mph
    Normal hybrid: 13-15mph
    Normal road: 15-20
    Normal racer: 25-30
    Pro racer: 25-45
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    my computer says average speed over the last 2200mi has been 15.4 mph. I'm kinda slow...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
    Normal beach cruiser: 8-10mph
    Normal comfort: 12-15mph
    Normal hybrid: 13-15mph
    Normal road: 15-20
    Normal racer: 25-30
    Pro racer: 25-45
    +1

    I hover in the road category depending on wind and day of the week. I do anywhere between 16-23mph on average.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icctrombone View Post
    I Purchased an odometer yesterday and spent the day "playing" with my new toy. I averaged 10 mph but i wasn't in any racing paths. I was wondering what is the "normal " speed for cyclists.

    Normal is anywhere from about 0.1 km/h as you start rolling ... up to 80+ km/h on a good downhill.


    And ... "racing paths"???

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
    Normal beach cruiser: 8-10mph
    Normal comfort: 12-15mph
    Normal hybrid: 13-15mph
    Normal road: 15-20
    Normal racer: 25-30
    Pro racer: 25-45
    This is laughable...

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    Quote Originally Posted by umd View Post
    This is laughable...
    Why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bagel007 View Post
    Why?
    unless you are talking about peak or sprint speeds the "normal and pro" racer speeds are way too high... A pro racer does not normally ride around at 25-45 mph.

    What does "normal speed" even mean anyway?

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    "Normal" for whom?
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    Quote Originally Posted by umd View Post
    unless you are talking about peak or sprint speeds the "normal and pro" racer speeds are way too high... A pro racer does not normally ride around at 25-45 mph.
    How many pros have you ever ridden with?
    What does "normal speed" even mean anyway?
    Pros warm up around 25, cruise about 30-35, and sprints around 45.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

    If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
    Pros warm up around 25, cruise about 30-35, and sprints around 45.
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    The first recorded record was in 1876 when Frank Dodds rode 26.508km (16.471mi) on a penny-farthing. In 1972, Eddy Merckx set a record of 49.431km (30.715 mi) that stood for 12 years. The current UCI record is by Ondřej Sosenka, 49.700km (30.882 mi).

    Eddy Merckx said his hour record attempt was "the hardest ride I have ever done".


    That was not cruising.

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    The mph type of speed is normal around these parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    The mph type of speed is normal around these parts.
    Where as the km/h type of speed is normal around these parts!

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    10mph is not that slow depending on your bike and fitness level. Normal speed for cyclist is faster than walking (4 mph) and slower than the slowest production car in the world (70, I guess).

    You are in the normal range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
    Pros warm up around 25, cruise about 30-35, and sprints around 45.
    For a little perspective, a guy I know (late 30s) recently competed in a triathalon (shortened to a biathlon because of rough ocean conditions) and won the corporate division. The bike portion was 40K or just under 25 miles. He did it in just under a hour. When we speak of the speed pros ride at, we must remember the huge drafting advantage from riding in the peleton. Even breakaways typically have a few riders sharing the load. And these guys are able to maximize drafting by riding very close together. I think most recreational riders can't do that even when they ride with a group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
    How many pros have you ever ridden with?
    Plenty

    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
    Pros warm up around 25, cruise about 30-35, and sprints around 45.
    This is so wrong on so many levels.

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    normal on an upright is slow on a 'bent
    normal on a 'bent is fast on an upright
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    You should be aiming for a > 16 mph cruising speed on a road bike. This is 25 km/h, which is what I consider a good cruising speed for a normal commute.
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    Of course, another variable that makes a huge difference is terrain. Waht is fast for one route may be slow for another.
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    lets assume you're by yourself and not getting any kind of drafting effect, with minimal wind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by black_box View Post
    lets assume you're by yourself and not getting any kind of drafting effect, with minimal wind.
    Out here on the open plains the south/southwest winds have been horrible lately. Wind gusts up to 20-25 mph easy. Riding with the wind I can easily cruise along at 20-22 mph. As soon as I turn into the same wind I struggle along at 11-14 mph.

    My computer reports that I average anywhere from 13.5-15.5 mph. In the absence of these strong winds I think 15 mph for me is about average.

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