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Old 08-07-05, 05:10 PM
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Well, I don't have a computer. I just tell by the time and distance. My average is now 30 minutes for a 8.7 mile commute through the city. Works for me.
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Old 08-07-05, 07:49 PM
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I've been commuting to work at least once or twice a week for the last month, and I've already noticed improvements in my times and averages. The commute is 18.67 miles one way from Renton to Seattle and yesterday it took me 1hr 15min total, which included stop lights. I go through downtown Seattle so if you don't hit it right, you stop at every light. My average was 16.5 mph. On July 4th, my first commute, was 13.7mph. I have a rear rack and a light/battery that probably adds 15 lbs.

Coming to work is great as there is a 1.1 mile downhill with 330 ft of elevation. I usually dont pedal while going down because I'm already going 40+ mph. Yesterday I hit 43.3. The looks from the people in cars is priceless. Going home however, up the hill at 1AM, isnt the most fun, but there is the sense of acomplishment and the fact that I'm almost home.
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Old 08-07-05, 10:10 PM
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Taking the average right from the bike comp. When commuting, it is 14 and change (the last digit has failed) When out riding for training... 16 and change...

I slow down for traffic and all the intersections.
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Old 08-08-05, 03:36 PM
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Between 13 and 15 mph, for a 20-mile commute each way including some rude hills. Heat and humidity affects my speed more than anything else, though I did see a gradual speed increase last summer as I got more fit. That said, time spent at lights and intersections -- slow rolling, false starts, etc. -- really kills one's average speed! That introduces so much variability into the average-speed calculation that I ended up hating that little readout. I could be riding strong and fast all day, but not reach my goal speed, just because I spent too much time rolling through a slow area choked with traffic.

My bike computer needs new batteries right now, so it's not calculating speed at all. I'm actually a lot happier and calmer without it!
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Old 08-08-05, 03:48 PM
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Today on the way in was:

Distance :14.83 miles
Time: 49:50
Average: 17.8mph
Max: 34.1mph

That's straight down Connecticut avenue into DC. It still feels pretty slow to me thanks to a few too many beers Saturday night
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Old 08-08-05, 04:04 PM
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Probably about 13-14 mph. During the summer, I'll usually ride in wearing normal clothes and don't want to get sweaty. On the way home, it's just too blazingly hot to push it hard.
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Old 08-08-05, 04:26 PM
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Going to work in the morning: Approx 9mph. Uphill for at least five miles, and with a headwind from the mountain pass to the east after sunrise.
Going home: Approx 20mph. Reverse the above situation, but take away the tailwind. Wouldn't ya know, by evening I have a headwind again. Downhill is nice, though.
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Old 08-08-05, 08:03 PM
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My commute is 23 mi (~30km) each way, a mix of hills, urban riding, and MUP so involves a number of stops. My average has been 13mph (19km/h) in the past couple years. Did it on my Gold Rush recumbent for the first time last week; expected to be slower, but being faster downhill and on the level apparently made up for the slower climbs. The longest stretch of stop-free riding is only about 3 miles. The best part is the ride on the I-90 floating bridge across Lake Washington; magnificent views of the lake, Mount Rainier, and the Cascade Mountains (weather permitting) on a bike lane separated from traffic by a barrier. Due to time constraints I usually get to ride it only once or twice a week, but hope to continue doing it through the winter.
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Old 08-08-05, 09:43 PM
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No idea. Watch broke several years ago. Bike computer this January. I don't miss either one. I just rideeeeeeeeee.
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Old 08-09-05, 08:25 AM
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I go 3.6 miles in 18 minutes, which works out to 12 mph (including time when I am stopped at an intersection, etc.) My speed when I am moving averages closer to 15 mph.

I should add that I try not to hurry, so that I won't arrive at work all sweaty. I could save a couple minutes by riding faster, but then I'd have to shower and change clothes, taking take far more time than what I saved riding!
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Old 08-09-05, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by JohnBrooking
Here's a miles/kilometers conversion chart, for your convenience:

1 mile = 1.609 kilometer
If you have an exact number that you want to figure out, and don't have this thread handy...


go to Google.com

search for: "X kph to mph" or "X mph to kph" (remove quotes and replacing X with the actual number)

Results when replacing X with 1:

1 mph = 1.609344 kph
1 kph = 0.621371192 mph

Enjoy.
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Old 08-09-05, 09:22 AM
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My average speed is a whopping 5 mph. LOL.

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Old 08-09-05, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by InfamousG

1 mph = 1.609344 kph
1 kph = 0.621371192 mph

Enjoy.
For rough calculations I just multiply by 1.6 (miles to km), or 0.6 (km to miles). It's not 100% accurate but it's close enough except for very precise training logs. Also I remember some simple conversions: 10 km = (approx) 6 miles, 8 km = 5 miles, 60 mph = 100 kph, so it's pretty easy to do a quick mental conversion. If I've averaged 20 kph and multiply by 0.6, that gives me an estimate of 12 mph, and the exact answer is 12.42742384 mph.
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Old 08-09-05, 10:58 AM
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Commute to work:
6.6 miles along a bike path
gradual uphill nearly the whole way (about 250 feet of elevation gain over that distance)
average speed = 11-12 mph
I'm just starting out so my speed will probably increase. For the most part I take it easy on the way to work so that I don't sweat up a storm.

Commute from work:
6.6 miles along a bike path
gradual downhill nearly the whole way
average speed: 13-15 mph
Sometimes I go faster for short stretches. I don't have much cycling stamina right now.
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Old 08-10-05, 10:07 AM
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Quite interesting to read all these stats. So many different styles, terrains, bikes... Gives me a nice feeling.

My average, I guess, is pretty average. Here are my stats:

Bike: Hybrid (Marin San Anselmo 2003, with a suspension fork, unfortunately)

Distance: 17 km one way

Road and terrain conditions: The first 7 or so km is along a major urban artery with quite a few lights, some traffic jams sometimes and (argh!!!) - buses. The hills in that part of commute are not what you call killers, but they are quite numerous. It's up and down all the time. The worst is when you are going downhill and right at the bottom there is a light which just for you has turned red. The pavement is truly awful in some sections of the street. It's like going through 100 speed bumps, only speed bumps are much nicer... Also there are some parked cars and some rude drivers, especially on one 1.5-km stretch, for some reason.

The next 6 km is along quieter residential streets - these are mostly flat and where there are no stop signs I can build up quite a speed, but unfortunately apart from a couple of longish stop-free stretches, there are lots of stop signs.

The rest of the way is along major roads again. Some of it is quite nasty traffic-wise, but the last part is actually kind of nice - wide lanes and nothing parked at the curb. Fun. There I usually go fast again.

Average: In the morning I usually average anywhere from 21 to 23 km/h. When I am coming back, the traffic is usually lighter (I must ride in rush hour in the morning but not in the afternoon, usually) and there is slightly more downhill, so the average goes up by 2 km/h or so, making it 23 to 25, if no traffic jam or unlucky light combination interferes.

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Old 08-10-05, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by nikos
Just interested in those who time themselves or check their speed on their commute. I have a average speed between 17 and 18, however there are points that I need to slow down. It seems that it would be very difficult to get up in the 20s without having all flat roads and no stops/slow points. Almost killed myself today trying to get my average up to 19 - didnt quite make it. I like the challenge of pushing myself - keeps the enjoyment going for me.
Do you go around Lake Monona on your commute? I always see some guy hauling ass the other way, but I can't tell from your picture alone.

I average about 16-18mph, but like you said, it's really hard to break that with slowing down and stopping.
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Old 08-10-05, 11:35 AM
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wooohooo!!! - set a new round-trip "record" yesterday - 46.6km in 1:36 - 0:49 in, 0:47 home. My one way record is 0:45. In the winter, the round trips takes up to 2.5 hours
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Old 08-10-05, 12:02 PM
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On my 7 mile commute, I was averaging 16.45 mph (mt bike) until I switched to my road bike 2 months ago (no computer). It is 3 miles downhill on the way there and then 4 miles of flat trail. I ride in street clothes, take it easy in the morning (so as not to be too sweaty) and really crank it going home. Now I'm curious, so I'll have to go buy another computer =)
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Old 08-10-05, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by zebano
On my 7 mile commute, I was averaging 16.45 mph (mt bike) until I switched to my road bike 2 months ago (no computer). It is 3 miles downhill on the way there and then 4 miles of flat trail. I ride in street clothes, take it easy in the morning (so as not to be too sweaty) and really crank it going home. Now I'm curious, so I'll have to go buy another computer =)
Just look at your watch. You can measure your precise distance here.
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Old 08-10-05, 02:38 PM
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12 miles one way, 900 feet of climbing, about 32 pound Gary Fisher x-caliber. I ride a mix of sidewalk, street, trail, single track, closed road. 16 mph ave. Bike is geared low.
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Old 08-11-05, 08:10 AM
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14 mph
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Old 08-11-05, 08:55 AM
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Usually about 15-17 mph. On the one hand, I've got full panniers, on the other, I'm in Chicago, so all flat. It's a 7.5 mile commute, one way. I'm mainly worried about consistency and pace, not so much top speed.
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