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Old 04-15-03, 01:53 PM   #1
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Recumbent riders, what is your average speed?

Using a ride of 20 miles or longer.

What is your average speed when you do a ride:

that has rolling hills?

that has no hills and mostly flat?

where you ride in a head wind half way then a tail wind the other half of your ride?
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Old 04-15-03, 07:09 PM   #2
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When I'm alone I'm doing 17-18 avg (lots of stop signs). If I'm in a fast group I'll push it
to 20. That's tough though. I'm on a trail so it's out and back. Too durn dangerous to
ride the streets down here.
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Old 04-16-03, 10:19 PM   #3
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FWIW, I have only 3 weeks/131 miles on my EZ-1SC Heavy and am only averaging 12 mph. However, I have diliberately been going slow and careful to used to the bike and get my bike/bent legs back. I had a couple months off from riding after a couple broken bones...which is why I am on a bent.

I was a little bummed after tonights ride when I tackled my uphill route for the 1st time. I was only doing 6 mph at times in the next to the lowest gear. Got some more work to do! I averaged 11.5 for the entire route, but also held back on the downhill to get used to the 'high' speed handling of the bike with 31mph being my max. (It was also dark with construction on the downhill.)

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34 mile Saturday social group ride through hilly terrain: about 14 mph.

Solo mid-week 20 mile route, level bike path: 18 mph (but with half a dozen traffic stops and a mile stretch with lots of tourist pedestrians)

Solo 40 mile Sunday ride, mostly level with occassional tailwind out and headwind back: about 20 mph.
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14 to 15 when loaded, drops to 12 or 13 in the hills. On my single 17 to 18 when not loaded, but most of the time I have my bags on the bike.
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On a 25 mile ride climbing 1,700 feet (that's my GPS adding up all the elevation gain) I average 13 mph moving average.
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Old 04-20-03, 07:10 AM   #7
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I felt so pathetic after reading this thread.
I certainly can ride a bit faster and a whole lot farther than I could on my hybrid wedgie. Still, I'm not getting anything like the speeds others are posting. If I try real hard, I can average
12mph on a 30 mile trip. But I'd rather slow down, smell the flowers, chat up the natives, and maybe even buy a donut at that wonderful bakery down in the village. My approach to biking, like my approach to life, is that it's not a race.
I just wanna have some fun.
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Old 04-20-03, 11:30 AM   #8
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I took your complete question and averaged two months of rides together- 1126 miles with an avg of 18.7.

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I felt so pathetic after reading this thread.
I certainly can ride a bit faster and a whole lot farther than I could on my hybrid wedgie. Still, I'm not getting anything like the speeds others are posting. If I try real hard, I can average
12mph on a 30 mile trip. But I'd rather slow down, smell the flowers, chat up the natives, and maybe even buy a donut at that wonderful bakery down in the village. My approach to biking, like my approach to life, is that it's not a race.
I just wanna have some fun.
Yes, it's the journey that counts, not how fast it is. My "donut-stop" social rides are a lot slower-paced because speedy completion is not the objective. Many of my solo rides are faster because I want the cardio workout. Besides, going fast is really fun, too!
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I used to average 14 mph on my mountain bike. I was looking forward to upping the speed a little with my new bent. But since I crashed and broke my leg, I am a little speed shy.

When the leg heals I plan on getting back on the road, but I am going to put my emphasis on consistency and safety. By consistency I mean getting out there 3 to 6 times per week. And, by safety I mean really learning to ride my bent and not going faster than I can safely ride, given my experience on the bike.

Ride safe...
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I felt so pathetic after reading this thread.
I certainly can ride a bit faster and a whole lot farther than I could on my hybrid wedgie. Still, I'm not getting anything like the speeds others are posting. If I try real hard, I can average
12mph on a 30 mile trip. But I'd rather slow down, smell the flowers, chat up the natives, and maybe even buy a donut at that wonderful bakery down in the village. My approach to biking, like my approach to life, is that it's not a race.
I just wanna have some fun.
A while back, the wire on my computer broke so I had to order a new one (the LBS doesn't carry the long kit in stock). I was without a computer for a week or two before I got the new one installed. I found that riding without it was really kind of a good thing. No "racing" to keep up my normal average (which is around 15 or so on my 20 mile rides and around 18 on the longer ones). When I started riding in the early 70's, I didn't use a computer. Riding was really fun and my brother and I would sometimes try to calculate how fast we rode. But the main thing was we were going long distances, riding fast (a bit faster back my slimmer days) and having a blast doing it. I think sometimes we over-complicate things.
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Old 05-21-03, 09:33 PM   #12
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Tonight I did a 34 mph fast ride with an average of 19.8 mph. Funny thng though that quite a few times I was running in the 27 mph range............... I took a few wrong turns though and had to stop and turn around...... Stop signs.........and such.........slowed my average down. Was dropping roadies left and right though.
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Old 05-22-03, 11:12 AM   #13
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Nice bike lowracer! Where are you located? When do i get a test ride!
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Joe, if Chris is with Promocycle, as his tagline seems to suggest, you're in for a long trip from Utah to test ride his Baron. That would be in Canada - Ontario, I think?

Chris, is that an ultra-low racing Baron or is the chainline just dropped?

Either way, I want one - so bad!
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Actually I live in Flint Michigan. I sell bikes for Stephan by doing advertising for Optima when I ride. Many riders are interested especially after they get dropped real hard during century rides.
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Old 06-02-03, 05:09 AM   #16
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well as im just starting out my puter says im doing 10mph if i dont have alot of stops. i average 8 . i hit 19 once (going down hill, i cant pedal it that fast) but i was on the brake as im still not that sure of myself on this thing. i know once i get more miles in ill get faster i already have since ive started, just by 2 mph. the few little hills i have tried ive been very happy to be able to make them up as i would of been walking before i got to the top on my mountain bike. i did the hills at 6 mph not any major grades but im happy for now
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Since switching from a Trek hybrid to a Burley Django, my speed has gone up 33%. It used to take me a solid hour to get from my doorstep to Chicago's Daley Plaza; today, it took me but 40 minutes. Once I can consistently burst into action from a dead-stop, I might be able to cut the time down even more. And once I find a speedometer that's compatible with my recumbant can give more precise measurements. (I ride with a really high handlebar, making standard speedometers -- whether wireless or not -- useless.)

Of course, the really hard part is cycling really slowly on my recumbant. Unlike my hybrid, I find myself using nearly all of my gears on my recumbant, since the low gears are necessary for travelling at really low speeds. On my hybrid, it seemed like I could maintain balance just fine, regardless of how slow I pedal. But on the recumbant, there's a certain minimum speed that I need to maintain,
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Yeah, this is an older thread, but I find it interesting. I find my computer says I average about 10 mph when I'm riding. However, when taking the whole ride into account(leisure rides only on railtrails), including breaks, lunch stops, picture taking, etc., I average about 7.5 mph. When I was riding a hybred, I averaged about the same. I find it strange at that low speed I still pass a fair amount of people. Remember the journey should appreciated, cause at the end, it's over.
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With my Micro, I average 18.9mph for my 25 mile route and about the same for my weekend 50 milers. These routes are rolling hills. For the STP (Seattle to Portland), my 200 mile one day average is about 16mph. My goal for 2004 is to bring my 200 mile average upto at least 18mph.
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On an unloaded bike ride I figure I average on local roads here a speed of 22km/hr (13.6mi/hr). Our roads here have mostly little or no shoulder and alot of potholes. I ride either a Haluzak Horizon or a Challenge Distance and the same average holds for both even with a fairing attached. A fairing seems to help in stablizing me more on down hills at speeds of around 67-72 km/hr(eek!). I tried to keep up with the faster cyclists in our group that average 30-35 km /hr (18-21 mi/hr) but I only cause more pain for me in the long run and I don't enjoy the ride. My idea of cycling should be fun foremost not speed.
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My idea of cycling should be fun foremost not speed.
Yes, quality over quantity. Unless one is racing, a number is not
necessarily the only way to express average speed. If one's
average speed is "satisfying" that can mean 8-10 mph for some
and 18-20 mph for others.

Speed is a feeling as well as a number.
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Old 09-25-03, 05:26 PM   #22
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I typically average 16-18mph on my commute to and from work. This is on a Vision R40 SWB/USS. I carry a laptop, clothes, tools and other stuff in a single pannier. Seat is set in the most laid back position.

I expect to kick this up a couple of mph once my Mango velomobile shows up. It was supposed to be here already, but is held up in US Customs.
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On the Eastern Sierra Fall Century, Sept 13/
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15.1 avg mph with 5,700 ft of climb and 106 miles at altitudes of 6,000 to 8,300 ft.

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recumbent riders-what is your speed.

Who cares how fast one goes. I go out and have a good time, slow, fast, stop here and there, look at the scenery, talk to people, stay gone for hours, sometimes only cover 10 miles. Having a blast without an objective of speed or distance. Had enough, I come back home and dream of my next ride.
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