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nikos 08-23-01 02:06 PM

Your average speed on your commute?
 
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.

sillystorm 08-23-01 02:26 PM

My average speed for riding to work is 27kph and my return is usually 29kph. I think this is around 15mph- anyone able to work it out?
It seems average speed is part of the 'Law of diminishing returns', you try harder and harder to go faster but that average rises slower and slower!.
For me the difference between a steady ride with some big gears thrown in and a small gear twiddle when tired/sick is only about 10 minutes apart.
But I do enjoy keeping an eye on the average!

Chris L 08-23-01 04:20 PM

Mine used to hover around the 27-30 km/h mark when I had a computer. I don't have one now, so I tend to worry less about the speed thing.

Chris

LittleBigMan 08-23-01 06:31 PM


Originally posted by nikos
I like the challenge of pushing myself - keeps the enjoyment going for me.
I've improved over the years, too.

My speeds seem to vary according to many factors, but one thing is for sure: I am getting faster, or at least, more fit. I also enjoy my riding more and more as I learn more, both from others and from my own observations as I pedal on.

My overall average, including hills, traffic, stops, etc., in the morning is about 14 mph., in the afternoon is about 12 mph. Keep in mind, this includes flat terrain speeds of between 18 and 22 mph.

Keep up the good work, Nikos! :thumup:

mwmw 08-24-01 12:35 AM

Mine's about the same as pete's. I'm going 12.5mi in to the center of Phoenix and averaging 17-18mph at 4:30am when it's cool and no traffic; 13-14 at 2pm in heavy traffic and 100+ degree temps.

jramsey 08-24-01 10:15 AM

My speeds are similar. I avg 15 mph (23 kph) in the morning, and 12.5 mph (20 kph) in the afternoon. That includes stops, plenty of hills, and a couple of gentle climbs that I can do at 20+ mph. The ride home is more uphill than the ride to work, so it takes me 3-4 minutes longer. I also tend to hit most of the lights in the afternoon.

My max speed is around 34 mph, my min is around 8 on the nasty hills.

Jonathan

locker 08-27-01 02:36 AM


Originally posted by Chris L
Mine used to hover around the 27-30 km/h mark when I had a computer. I don't have one now, so I tend to worry less about the speed thing.

Chris

All I have to say to this is, DOES IT INCLUDED ANY HILLS?? No, the gold coast is a bit on the flat side of things.

Locker

Tom_The_Bikeman 08-27-01 03:37 AM

I average around 33-34 kmh over the 34 km commute with a number of hills built-in.

Right now, lights are the main slower-down for my commute. It's slower with my Bontrager, however, these speeds are with a racing bike.

Cheers,
Tom

Chris L 08-27-01 04:11 AM


Originally posted by locker

All I have to say to this is, DOES IT INCLUDED ANY HILLS?? No, the gold coast is a bit on the flat side of things.

Well, unfortunately my commute is a little on the flat side :cry: . However I try to make up for that on weekends by riding the mountains to the west. We've got a couple of climbs of 1,000 metres or thereabouts. They is always lots of fun.

Chris

chewa 08-27-01 06:31 AM

About 13-14 mph on cycle path. 16-18 on road

Allister 08-28-01 04:54 AM

I usually average around 30km/h over the 20km of my commute. Sometimes I'm a bit slower (26km/h) even less sometimes I'm a bit faster (34km/h). I've figured out that the difference between reasonably comfortable cruising and busting a gut only makes about three minutes difference to the total time, so I tend not to bust a gut much any more.

I did get pretty rapid improvement in my average speed when I started riding, but it levelled off pretty quickly, maybe a few months, at my current speed. Only my stamina continued to improve. That seems to be dropping a bit lately - I need to ride more.

I really don't find riding the 20km to work any more tiring that taking the train. Maybe I'm just not trying hard enough.

Joyce Wasser 08-06-05 12:51 PM

12 - 13 miles per hour on a 12 speed in hill country

catatonic 08-06-05 02:37 PM

15+

I treat my commute as a training ride though...I won't be happy until I'm averaging 25 on it...it's short as heck so I really have no excuse not to clock those speeds, other than my legs wussing and I start losing cadence once I start getting to the smaller half of my cassette

lyeinyoureye 08-06-05 02:57 PM

My average is ~13-14mph, but I know I can pull ~22mph if I need to.

trickdog 08-06-05 03:44 PM

20 mph average to work. Great downhills in last 1-1/2 to 2 miles!

13 mph average from work. Terrible uphills for first 1-1/2 to 2 miles....

Daily Commute 08-06-05 03:56 PM

13-17 mph is the summer average, depending on how I feel. I had a 7 mph average on one commute in a snow storm once. My maximum commute speed is 35mph on a long, smooth, slightly downhill road on my way to work.

JavaMan 08-06-05 04:06 PM

It takes me 1 hour 10 minutes to go 17.5 miles to work. That's 15.0 mph. Now, if there was no stopping along the way, that would be a different story.

Patriot 08-06-05 08:04 PM

15mph avg, loaded up with my Centurion at about 30#. I ride 22.5mi each way, it takes 90mins. So, I ride 3 days a week, and log a good 135mi/week, just from commuting.

JohnBrooking 08-06-05 08:48 PM

My computer usually calculates an average of 14-15.5 mph. That's with basic pedals (not clipless) and street clothes on a hybrid. I'm not a racer and I don't push myself, but I can nonetheles see modest improvement in the 3 years I've been commuting. (And my wife notices the difference in my thighs! ;))

I look forward to the small dip on my regular route where I usually attain 25 mph on the morning downhill, and 30 in the afternoon, barring headwind. On a totally different and much longer commute I did three times a few weeks ago for a workshop, there was on long and steep hill where I hit 37 mph every day! That was awesome!

Here's a miles/kilometers conversion chart, for your convenience:

1 mile = 1.609 kilometer
10 = 16.09
11 = 17.699
12 = 19.308
13 = 20.917
14 = 22.526
15 = 24.135
16 = 25.744
17 = 27.353
18 = 28.962
19 = 30.571
20 = 32.18
21 = 33.789
22 = 35.398

froze 08-06-05 10:22 PM

All my commutes have been short in the 3 to 5 mile range. On the way to work my average speed is very slow so as not to work up much of a sweat, probably around 10 to 12 mph average. But on the way home I usually take long detours that can range from 12 to 30 miles and those detours my average is usually about 17 mph, but I'm over 50 and not racing anymore.

Tabor 08-06-05 10:50 PM

I don't have a cycle computer (for vmax, etc) , but my average speed is 10mph.

cooker 08-07-05 12:09 AM


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.

It's 8 km/5 miles, slightly downhill, old urban, with multiple stop signs, some at major streets, and at least 7 traffic lights. Normal inbound average speed 19 kph/11.5 mph, best average speed 28 kph/17 mph. Return trip normal speed 17 kph/10 mph, best speed 20 kph/12 mph. I can't go all out most of the time because of traffic and intersections, but I do get a workout going home because of a few uphill sections.
Robert

Marylandnewbie 08-07-05 08:22 AM

I'm averaging right around 15 mph on the inbound ride in the morning since it slightly downhill and usually cooler. In the evening riding up a gradual incline my speed drops to between 12.5 and 13 mph. Like many of you those numbers have risen since I started commuting at the beginning of March. They are pretty stable now so I have been slowly working at increasing the speed through the slowest sections of my ride. It won't affect my average very much, just narrow the range a bit and give me a better workout.

grapetonix 08-07-05 09:46 AM

I average between 20-25 km/h moving. Moving plus stopped perhaps 18-20. But it's thru a city and on an MTB. About 13km.

ks1g 08-07-05 10:36 AM

For my 5.5 mile commute; about 14-14.5 mph in the monring on my mtb/commuter, high 15's-16 on the road bike. Could go faster if I *really* wanted to and didn't mind no warm-up. About .5 mph or so faster going home (more downhill, esp. the climb out of my subdivision), except I usually take a longer route home, or work in some climbs in the neighborhood.


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