Can I draw any conclusions from the almost same time and speed over a 20+ mile course using my fixed gear bike and my commuter rigid MTB set up with slicks and slightly higher than stock gear ratio? Does the similarity in avg. speed mean the FG climbs the meager hills here better despite the commuter's gears?
Before riding it I would have figured the geared bike to be so much faster over the course. The max speeds were quite different: 27.96mph on the commuter, 24.05mph on the FG (spun out).
The averages are very close, though: 12.16mph on the FG and 12.47 on the commuter. Oh, here's another wrench in my thought train: I make it a practice to stop completely at every stop sign & hold a 2 second pause (if traffic, perhaps longer) before accelerating away. I have to believe this destroys my avg. speed, but I do it for safety & a better workout.
Obviously, the commuter is way more upright and I'm out in the wind; I try to stay in the tarck dorps on the FG almost always between stops.
I dunno, I just figured the commuter to have way more speed than a FG at about 67 gear inches. Kind of surprised it's so close......after all, I look so much faster on the FG . Is this the way it works for everybody else?