You were inside on a stationary bike.. you had no wind resistance. Wind resistance is huge. If I have a nice tailwind I can run at 20 MPH like it's nothing.. if I have a headwind 7 or 8 MPH can be torture. With no wind I'm usually around 14 or 15.
BTW, I'd like to second the idea the a car likely won't notice the difference between you riding 10 or 20 MPH unless they're following you for an extended time.
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Let me guess, you also don't stop on red lights and stop signs. Why would you? You're on the bike.
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I paid a $25 fine in San Jose, California for riding on the sidewalk... you just need to check with your local area laws and follow them. Never assume anything or take advise from out of area folks... as you can see it is different everywhere.
I guess you could get PaulRivers contact information and if you ever get pulled over you can refer law enforcement to him and he can defend you. Of course if you are in the Minneapolis area, it sounds like 98% of the sidewalks are good to go.
Enjoy your rides and stay safe.
Here, the law appears to be the same as that in Minnesota where you can ride on sidewalks outside of business districts, but I still won't do it 90% of the time. Just in this hill where I don't feel safe on the road at my current speed. Also, not sure what constitutes a business district in the eyes of whatever cop is out ticketing that day, so, even if it were safe and convenient, I wouldn't do it elsewhere, but this stretch is pretty rural. Well as rural as you can get and still be in the suburbs.
I think I'd be hearing those most of the time...
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The stationary bike I was using also had levels. I was working out at level 15 or 16 for 30 minutes (though I then took two months off before I hit the road, so that might have had an effect). I like machines that can provide a "random" setting so you are doing varying intensity (or resistance) for like 30 seconds to a minute and then it changes. Those give me deadlines to press toward and get me more pumped.