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Old 07-11-10, 01:50 PM   #1
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What is your average speed ?

I see people posting 50 to 70 mile rides, ( on where did you take your Hybrid today). That
would take me all day. My computer says I average 9.7 MPH, but when riding, I always
try and stay around 10 to 17 MPH. Unless down hills, which I have (plenty) of, then hitting
35 MPH no problem going down, and pushing up the other side 3 MPH. I can ride 30 to 40
miles in a day commuting to town, but I'm always gone for most of the day, and make many
stops along the way. I guess my question is, as Hybrid riders, a lot of people post numbers
that would represent road riders. I'm sure I could maintain 17 MPH for 5 miles, if I picked
the terrain, not to hilly....Just wondering what the rest of you are averaging ? Richard
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Old 07-11-10, 02:36 PM   #2
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Today's average over 50 miles was 12.5, part road and part trail including several hilly sections.
Last week's 70 mile ride average was 12.9 on a mostly flat, mostly trail ride.
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Have no idea, as a computer isn't a priority at the moment. But it takes me roughly 45-60 minutes during my commute to ride just over 9 miles.
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i am averaging about 14-15mph. this is on rides of over 20 miles. yesterday i rode 43 miles and averaged 14.6mph. this is all on a trek 7.2fx. i have been riding for about 3 months.
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I can ride downtown and back (13.6 miles) in about an hour pretty easily, with traffic. It's fairly hilly, but nothing too bad. On flat I can cruise at about 18 mph, but overall I'd say I average closer to 14-15.
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today i ride about 25 miles. my average speed was 12mph. my maximum speed ever is 29mph.

when climbing the hill a boy (looks like a racer) said 'hello' and passed me. it was quite windy. i tried to catch him but couldn't

i still have bike related problems. i put a shorter stem and moved the saddle to front. but this time i have difficulty in climbing hills. and after changing the stem a noise comes from the bike. so i'll again put on the original stem. i suppose my problems with the bike is related to fitting. the bike is big for me. so i decided to sell it in the future

yesterday i met to a young bike mechanic. he said that he'll make 95 miles in a day. i asked 'how long does it take to ride this distance?' and he said '5 hours'. that was incredible his bike is a full carbon mtb.

and i think the racers bike who passed me when climbing was also a mtb or a hybrid with wide tires.
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Old 07-11-10, 05:14 PM   #7
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I just did a test.

39 minutes, 8.5 miles, that is with all the add ons my bike has, around 30 pounds. Bike
weighs 31 pounds, it was very hot, 93.9 degrees. 48 percent humidity, and I tried not
to loose time on water bottle drinks, cars etc...I was going to take off the extras, just to
see how fast I could go. But that seemed like I was defeating the point. I might could
have done a little faster, but that was trying close to my best....... Richard
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Old 07-11-10, 06:32 PM   #8
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Whether I think I'm going to take it easy, or go hard I seem to be at around 15mph. I've dipped below on a couple of occasions, but recently I've been training for a metric century ride (the 64 mile course of the One Helluva Ride in Chelsea Mi) and I would try to pace myself and I'd still end over 15. The ride was just yesterday, and full of hills, and I did 15.67 for the 64 mile average, and I was tired, and my hands were killing me at the end. But, still had the same average.

As far as the hills, I hate them, so I attack to get them to get it over with. I average 13-17mph on the uphills, but after about 55 miles that became more difficult, and more like 10-11mph. My knee tendons also felt like they were bulging out after 60 miles.

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I usually ride at 14-16 mph (no hills here) with no wind. With a headwind I seem to go about 12 and I've been up to 30 with a tailwind. I ride a Marin Fairfax.
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14.5 - 16.5mph on my daily commute, ~ 10 miles each way... sure I could manage it faster without my camelback and really pushing.
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My average is between 18 and 21 mph on partly flat and partly hilly terrain doing both roads and some trails on 10 to 20 mile rides.
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My daily ride of 20-25 miles of rolling hills is between 12-14 mph depending on wind and how I feel.

I rode 70 miles Saturday morning on the local paved bike path (flat) and averaged a fuzz over 14 mph for 4 hrs and 55 minutes.

Speed, for me anyway, doesn't come over night. I'm riding 400 miles per month and just hit 1600 for the year (starting March 7th). I am just now able to notice a bit of a difference. The wind and the hills are getting a bit easier every few weeks.

Looking back however, I was happy with 10 miles at 10MPH when I first started.

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10-12mph.
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Old 07-12-10, 11:42 AM   #15
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10 to10.5 rolling terrain -- hence pokey1
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My average is between 18 and 21 mph on partly flat and partly hilly terrain doing both roads and some trails on 10 to 20 mile rides.
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Old 07-12-10, 12:55 PM   #17
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Just had this discussion during a small group ride Saturday. Over the same relatively flat 30+ route, I consistently average 14 to 14.5 mph on my Specialized Sirrus Comp. Over a 35-mile course with a steady 2-3 percent grade, and two lengthy 5+ grade hills, I average about 13 -- trying to keep my pace above 10 on the steady grade, above 6 over the climbs, and flying back home.

Heat also had an impact -- below 80 degrees I'll consistently avg. about a mile per hour faster.

It's also interesting that on a 64 mile ride this spring, I rode with a couple of good roadies and avg. 16.5 over the first 40 miles but paid for it on the last leg -- ended with a 12.6 avg. speed. Same course on my own pace a month later, avg. 14 mph. Don't know if this is because I stayed within my comfort zone throughout the ride, or I was just in better shape ;-)

And don't ask my pace when I'm just out for a fun ride with lots of gawking!
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In general, and no disrespect intended here, why would anyone care what their AVG speed is on a hybrid. I suppose if you are closely monitoring a fitness prgram then it would make sense, but even then there are variables that crop up that skew the usefulness of the stats. All I know is that some days I can ride very quickly, and other days I can't ... c'est la vie je suppose. But I do wish that I could someday approach the 18mph average that one poster (in a different thread) claimed with a stock Trek 7100. If I could do that, then I would start training for for the TDF (but not on a hybrid, LOL).
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In general, and no disrespect intended here, why would anyone care what their AVG speed is on a hybrid. I suppose if you are closely monitoring a fitness prgram then it would make sense, but even then there are variables that crop up that skew the usefulness of the stats. All I know is that some days I can ride very quickly, and other days I can't ... c'est la vie je suppose. But I do wish that I could someday approach the 18mph average that one poster (in a different thread) claimed with a stock Trek 7100. If I could do that, then I would start training for for the TDF (but not on a hybrid, LOL).
I dont really see what the bike being a hybrid has to do with it. Some hybrids are so similar to road bikes that it surely can't be much of a stretch to figure out why somebody might care about speed.

You mentioned fitness reasons, which is why I track my speeds, so I wont go into that. But even if somebody is simply riding for the joy of it, it can still be neat to watch your average speeds increase over the months. Data feedback can also lead people to hop on their bike and strive for a new best, just for fun!

Anyway, I suspect this thread was originally started so people can get an idea of what is common on this bike type. Going from my wifes 7.1 FX to my 7.3FX for example got me 1.5mph. Good info to know.
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I ride 11-12 miles every morning for fitness and ony been riding for two months i average 12-12.5 mph
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I'm in the 10.5mph range. Did just under 8 miles in about 45 minutes today.

Still very out of shape and rehabbing a knee tendon issue, so I have to take it easy and avoid even downhill speeds that could help re-injure the tendon. Keeping the speeds down and emphasizing light spinning in lower gears has really helped.

Everyone has a different fitness level. I'm aiming toward a 10 mile ride, then I can set a new goal. When I got back on my bike earlier this year, 3 miles left me out of breath and nearly unable to walk. Any goals have to be set against your previous performance, not against someone else.
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In general, and no disrespect intended here, why would anyone care what their AVG speed is on a hybrid. I suppose if you are closely monitoring a fitness prgram then it would make sense, but even then there are variables that crop up that skew the usefulness of the stats. All I know is that some days I can ride very quickly, and other days I can't ... c'est la vie je suppose. But I do wish that I could someday approach the 18mph average that one poster (in a different thread) claimed with a stock Trek 7100. If I could do that, then I would start training for for the TDF (but not on a hybrid, LOL).
Why people always start with “all due respect” "no disrespect intended” when they are about to insult someone?

Sorry talldog, not picking on ya, but I couldn’t resist
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I dont really see what the bike being a hybrid has to do with it. Some hybrids are so similar to road bikes that it surely can't be much of a stretch to figure out why somebody might care about speed.

You mentioned fitness reasons, which is why I track my speeds, so I wont go into that. But even if somebody is simply riding for the joy of it, it can still be neat to watch your average speeds increase over the months. Data feedback can also lead people to hop on their bike and strive for a new best, just for fun!

Anyway, I suspect this thread was originally started so people can get an idea of what is common on this bike type. Going from my wifes 7.1 FX to my 7.3FX for example got me 1.5mph. Good info to know.
To each his own I guess. For me, if speed were the important thing I would just ride my road bike. They are much faster period. I have no idea what is "common" with this type of bike. There are too many variables involved. I have four hybrids and they all roll differently, although I do know which one is the fastest for me. Some of these average speed reports on a hybrid are simply amazing. For instance, 18mph is somewhere around 30kph. On an upright bike not designed for out and out speed that is simply amazing.
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Why people always start with “all due respect” "no disrespect intended” when they are about to insult someone?

Sorry talldog, not picking on ya, but I couldn’t resist
For the same reason some people offer up the phrase "I couldn't resist" as some sort of validation.

But what it really means, at least to me, is that someone offers up a different opinion but wants to state up front that it is just that ... an opinion.
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You sure about that Pinocchio??
Very sure. Doublechecked. Triplechecked.
Why do you ask?
Why do you constantly try to bug me (and fail at it)?
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