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Old 08-07-12, 10:11 PM   #1
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Question about speed

I am very new to cycling, I am constantly trying to increase both distance and speed. I just would like to make sure I am progressing well. My question would be what kinds of speeds everybody is averaging, let's say a pretty flat (+\- 200 feet) 10 mile ride. Thanks for your help.
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Old 08-07-12, 10:14 PM   #2
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Average doesn't mean anything.

Join a bike club and try to hang with them.

Bike riding is 10% the bike, 90% the motor (rider).

What kind of motor do you have?

My motor is wore out after 70 years. But I still try to ride a race bike.

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Thanks for the reply
I guess joining a bike club was the kind of scenario I was thinking about, there has to be some level of expectation that when you join or go on group rides it isn't going to take you 6 hours to complete. Maybe "average speed" isn't the right term but is there some guidance to what that level of expectation is so when I do start riding with others I don't make a fool out of myself.
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It will make a big difference where you ride. I ride a cross town route that has a lot of stops and starts, average around 14 mph over 5 miles. If I add a 2 mile loop out of town it will go up to 15.5 over the 7 miles. 25 mile loop on the highway and it goes way up with no stops, rough patches etc. Compare yourself to what you were riding a week ago, keep track of personal records on the ride you make most often. If you ride with others keep track of how you keep up with them. Is the pace too fast? Too slow? As far as 10 miles on smooth flat surface with no stops, wish I could find it. I live in the Blue River Valley so I will hit hills any way I go. I'm 50 Y.O. , riding my second summer on an 80s steel frame road bike 10 miles of smooth flat would go at 18-20 mph.
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In the club that I ride with rides are scheduled for different groups by average speed. And that figure is the average speed on your computer at the end of the ride. It doesn't include stops and such as most computers stop recording when you are stopped. And the different levels have ranges of average speed to account for different types of rides on different terrain.
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