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    Speed/Fitness Hybrids. How fast do you ride? What do you ride? Whats Your setup?

    Share some info on you and your hybrid thats used for road/fitness riding. this is a good way to see where others are, goals to strive for, what its like starting out, what its like after lots and lots of riding, what setup works great (or what doesnt)

    Feel free to answer any of the following (maybe even show of pics)....
    Whats your avg speed?
    What are you riding?
    Whats your setup?
    How far do you ride?
    Whats your age?
    How long have you been riding?


    I'll go first. Im just starting so Im a little slow and dont ride very far.

    Whats your avg speed? 15-15.5mph on my normal 10 mile rides, also averaged over 15mph on a recent 24 mile ride.
    What are you riding? trek 7.4
    Whats your setup? mostly stock. gatorskin 700x28 tires, bolt on aero bars, drop bars and bar ends for comfort
    How far do you ride? usually 10 miles for exercise, looking to increase distance soon
    Whats your age? 41
    How long have you been riding? a couple of months

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    Quote Originally Posted by prime winner View Post
    Share some info on you and your hybrid thats used for road/fitness riding. this is a good way to see where others are, goals to strive for, what its like starting out, what its like after lots and lots of riding, what setup works great (or what doesnt)

    Feel free to answer any of the following (maybe even show of pics)....
    Whats your avg speed?
    What are you riding?
    Whats your setup?
    How far do you ride?
    Whats your age?
    How long have you been riding?


    I'll go first. Im just starting so Im a little slow and dont ride very far.

    Whats your avg speed? 15-15.5mph on my normal 10 mile rides, also averaged over 15mph on a recent 24 mile ride.
    What are you riding? trek 7.4
    Whats your setup? mostly stock. gatorskin 700x28 tires, bolt on aero bars, drop bars and bar ends for comfort
    How far do you ride? usually 10 miles for exercise, looking to increase distance soon
    Whats your age? 41
    How long have you been riding? a couple of months
    Average Speed: don't know, don't care. Faster than many, slower than some; typical 'mid-pack' cyclist who accumulates decent fitness through the year.
    Bike: rebuilt 2010 Sirrus Comp
    Setup: (see above) custom
    Distance: around 7000kms/year
    Age: 62
    Cycling for: 13 years since taking it up again in 2002

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    Feel free to answer any of the following (maybe even show of pics)....
    Whats your avg speed?

    Depends on where I am. Average can be anything from 6 to 15 mph. Average speed can have so many variables, hills or flat, pavement vs. dirt or gravel, stops for lights and stopsigns, stops for rest, stops for anything (mine is photography or wildlife watching.) Better is to ask, on a flat, what is your typical cruising speed. On flat, i am cruising about 15 mph. On the road, I ride a lot of dirt and gravel roads. Sometimes my downhill is slower than going uphill because I am on the brakes trying to control a slow speed in gravel. Other times I am trudging uphill at 3 mph and flying down the other side at 35 mph.

    What are you riding?

    I ride a stock 2014 Giant Escape 1, carbon fork, 48/36/26 on front and 11-34 9 speed on the back and stock 32mm tires. I use just about every gear combination except for the extreme cross chain gears.

    Whats your setup?

    Ah, setup? I guess I already stated my setup above. Well, I added a set of simple aluminum bar ends when I bought the bike, the shop added toe clips on the pedals and a bottle cage when I purchased. I recently added a small under saddle bag (was really surprised at how small it was) and filled it with a spare tube and tire levers. Still need to get a frame pump and I guess I forgot to grab a patch kit, although none of it is useful without a pump to put air in the tires (live in the middle of nowhere and I never see anyone else out when I'm riding to help out with a pump.)

    How far do you ride?

    Typical daily ride I try to do is 10-15 miles at a steady pace on flat bike trails near work or at home. Rain isn't allowing me to do that much this year. A long ride when my wife isn't working is 20-25 miles. Furthest to date on the road where I typically have 100 ft/mile climbing is 18 miles (2.5 hours it took me) and furthest to date on the bike trail is 30 miles.

    Whats your age?

    42 in April

    How long have you been riding?

    Started the beginning of last August dusting off the old 8 year old Walmart mountain bike. Rode August, September, October and a small handful of times in November. Bought the Giant in March and didn't start back up riding until April. So, I have about 6 months total worth of riding.

    I can do better than that I think. I may have missed the first handful of rides, but shortly afterwards I started recording the data. July 31st was actually my first ride and my first recorded data is 8/18. I have ridden 866 miles in 71 rides since 8/18 climbing a little over 15,000 feet and burning 37,553 calories according to my bike computer (the lowest calorie numbers I see from all the phone apps)


    One more metric, I started at 237 pounds when I started riding, lost down to 219 lb, gained about 5 over Christmas/Winter, and am back down to 217 lb as of last weekend.
    Last edited by mrodgers; 07-10-14 at 11:56 AM.
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    trek 7.7fx
    usual rides around vero beach, fl 20 to 25 miles couple times a week. my avg speed is 20 to 22mph monitored with a node 1.1.
    just turned 44yrs young.
    been riding 4yrs on trek fx's.
    only mod i changed out the handlebar with a carbon one with these cool ass horns. the horns let me get into a nice tight tucked position.
    been a real rainy summer here and it blows.
    I don't always ride but when I do I prefer a hybrid.
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    Giant escape 1 running on 700x28 gatorskins. My shortest weekday rides are around 18-20miles and on weekends going for 30-50 mile rides depending on my schedule. So far my fastest average speed was 16.6 mph over 2hrs on hilly roads that have many crossings that I need to stop&go. So it's hard to say what effective avg speed would be on flats and no stops.
    Though, when I used to live in Rochester, I had a trek 3900 MTB and with stock MTB tires was able to achieve over 17 mph on the 100% flat erie canal trail (only a few road crossings needed over 15 miles). I'm able to go easily over 22mph on flats with my giant right now, it'd be nice try the new ride on a long flat ride.

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    hey,gonna answer these questions to exchange pointers and gain comparisons with others

    Whats your avg speed?
    on flat i am doing around 18-19 mph (30-32kph) on easy pedals....reach up to 22-24mph (37-38kph),on hills averaging 11-12mph (18-20kph)
    What are you riding?
    2014 Fuji Absolute 1.4
    Whats your setup?
    Stock with change of Arisun 23mm tyre,add on barends and clipless pedals
    How far do you ride?
    Depends.120km (74miles) for flat road...70km (43miles) on hills (35km up,35 km down)
    Whats your age?
    25 y.o
    How long have you been riding?
    Since I was 11.recently change to 700c tyres bike setup(last Dec)..before i was on a 26' MTB with road wheel (26 X 1.8)

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    Whats your avg speed? On flats I go 15-17 mph
    What are you riding? I ride a 2014 Giant Escape 1
    Whats your setup? I made some changes to the handlebars, added clipless pedals and 28 Bontranger tires
    How far do you ride? I ride 10-12 miles each day (weather permitting) but also go on longer rides on weekends
    What's your age? I am 59
    How long have you been riding? I got back into cycling 2 years ago after not getting on one for about 20 years or longer.

    I love riding and would ride more if I could.

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    I'll play as it's a rainy day here in Bar Harbor, Maine

    Whats your avg speed? My wife and I ride between 10 and 14 mph

    What are you riding? We both have 2014 Giant Escape RX Composites

    Whats your setup? Upgraded the drive train to 105's, added Ergon GP3 grips/bar ends, Conti GP4S tires, Specialized saddles and for me a Garmin Edge 1000. If interested you can read more at Yet another new Giant Escape RX Composite owner(s)

    How far do you ride? On average between 30 and 40 miles/daily. Due to some health issues we are currently at 4.5k miles this year (716/14).

    Whats your age? I'm 65..... wife.... NOT SAYING!!! However, I have CHF (Congestive Heart Failure), an EF (Ejection Fraction) of 20% - 25%, and an ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator). However, drugs and riding are keeping me above ground..... at this point anyway.

    How long have you been riding? Both of us met in college and started riding then, the late 60's. However, it wasn't until retirement and moving to Fl 4 years ago that we were able to ride everyday. But our work (both public school educators) allowed us to ride each summer and during vacations.


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    Whats your avg speed? 12-14mph on rides with varying elevation, 15-17mph on the flat rides.
    What are you riding? 2014 Specialized Sirrus Comp Carbon Disc
    Whats your setup? Changed tires to Michelin Pro4 Service Course 700x25, otherwise stock.
    How far do you ride? Typical weekday ride (3-4 times per week) is 8-10 miles. Pushing longer rides to 20 miles once per week, or every two weeks. My goal is at least 30 miles per week total on the bike.
    Whats your age? 33, 5'7", 235lbs
    How long have you been riding? 2 months

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    Whats your avg speed? 16-17 mph over my usual 16 mi
    What are you riding? Marin Highway One, replacing triple crank with compact crankset.
    Whats your setup? Low stack height headset, inverted stem, long bar ends pointed forward. 700x25 Michelin Pro4 SC.
    How far do you ride? 16-23 mi
    Whats your age? 45
    How long have you been riding? 3 years
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
    One more metric, I started at 237 pounds when I started riding, lost down to 219 lb, gained about 5 over Christmas/Winter, and am back down to 217 lb as of last weekend.
    What a great success story! I hope your hybrid keeps you on track for greater progress!

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    I am 59 and hope to be riding as far and as fast as you when I'm your age.

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    Whats your avg speed? - 13.5, slowly getting higher. Averaged over 14 for the first time a couple days ago, it was pushing it though
    What are you riding? Giant Escape 3
    Whats your setup? 700/28 Forte Strada Road Tires, Nashbar bar ends,.. mostly stock everything else
    How far do you ride? 20 to 30 miles usually, did my first 40 mile ride last week... also slowly improving.
    Whats your age? 37
    How long have you been riding? A little over 2 months. Prior to that I sat on my butt and smoked cigarettes for 20 years..
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    Whats your avg speed? 13-15 mph on my normal rides, riding solo. Can comfortably maintain 15-16 mph w/o intersections, etc
    What are you riding? 2012 Trek 7.2FX
    Whats your setup? Mostly stock, added bar ends/ergo grips for comfort (hands get numb after 45 min), changed pedals
    How far do you ride? 15-25 miles, 4-5X/week. Have done several charity rides of 40+ miles - about my limit on a hybrid!. On track for 4K+ miles this year.
    Whats your age? 64
    How long have you been riding? 15 months (previously walked 5-6 miles daily, long distance runner in my younger days)

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    Whats your avg speed? ~13 MPH on very hilly terrain. Over some non-hilly terrain we lope around at 16 but have been as high as 20.

    What are you riding? '14 Giant Escape 1

    Whats your setup? Heavily modified. Thomson Stem and seatpost. Crank Brothers Ion2 handlebar, Ergon GC5 grips, Shimano XTR shifter/brake lever combo, XTR v-brakes, XT front/rear derailleur, Deore LX 26/36/48 crank, Azonic 420 platform pedals, Bontrager Nebula Saddle, VDO C1 computer, stock wheels and tires 700x32. The wheels and tires will be next on the upgrade list.

    How far do you ride? Depends on the amount of time we have. If I am home (I travel for work quite a bit), we ride between 15 - 20 miles in the evening. On weekends, we go between 30 - 40. We make it fun though. We don't just go ride and see how fast we can go. We ride, look around, have lunch, stop and have coffee. Our weekend rides last a few hours.

    Whats your age? I just turned 40 and my partner/husband will be 50 next month.

    How long have you been riding? Rode a MTB in college and have just started riding again about 3 months ago after almost 20 years. So I built a MTB and bought the hybrid. By the way, my partner rides a '14 Trek FX 7.4 Disc.

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    Average speed is 16 miles per hour.

    The hybrid is a modified Trek 7.9 FX. Zipp 404s, DA 7900 drive-train, ControlTech seatpost, Brooks saddle, Chris King headset and some other stuff.
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    Official Trek 7.9 FX thread
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    I ride for 30 minutes every day. Eight miles more or less. (if it's raining I ride the 970...it sports Schwalbe Big Apples. If it's windy & dry I ride the Ti road bike. Otherwise it's the hybrid.)

    I'm 56.

    Since I was 10....paper route got me started.
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