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Old 07-13-17, 10:46 AM
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How far do you ride and what's your avg mph?

Just wondering what the rest of the aarp crowd was doing.
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Old 07-13-17, 10:52 AM
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I ride 50-60 miles/week and average 13.4 mph according to MapMyRide. This is mostly neighborhood and park riding with pretty tame hills.
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Old 07-13-17, 10:58 AM
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Yeah that's about my distance but my avg is barely 10. I still do a lot of coasting. One day a week I pedal constantly for the first few miles and I'm increasing that eeekly. I am so out of shape.
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It varies with the terrain and length. On Sunday's 114 mile 7250' ride, I averaged 15.2. Should have been faster, but I babysat a very tired rider up the last pass. We don't sag.
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Old 07-13-17, 11:24 AM
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I ride about a total 185 miles a week on my weekday commute. It's virtually flat, and my average speed is probably in the order of 17-18 MPH.

Weekends are in the mountains, typically 60-100 miles and are typically square (6000-10000 feet of elevation gain). No idea as to my average speed.
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Anywhere from 40 to 60 miles a day, six days a week. I don't consider average mph on my rides because the route has a 10 mile section that isn't as fast as the rest of the route so it slows you down and therefore decreasing your average mph. I rather use average riding pace which is between 18-21 on the faster section and 15-17 on the slower section. My solo rides are pretty much the same route but I usually just ride to enjoy the ride and don't really care about speed or time.
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Old 07-13-17, 11:34 AM
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about 50-75 miles/week. 20-40 miles at a time. 13-14 MPH average.

In Texas, no hills, very hot.
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Originally Posted by dynawolf View Post
about 50-75 miles/week. 20-40 miles at a time. 13-14 MPH average.

In Texas, no hills, very hot.
Very hot here in OK too. Supposed to get into the upper 90's today. Yesterday it was so hot I had to stop and lay down in the shade.
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9 miles day/5 days week (so 45 miles total) at ~16mph on average.
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Old 07-13-17, 11:57 AM
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April-October, 200-300 miles/week, fast rides 17-19 MPH moving average, slow rides (including road and gravel) 13-16 MPH.
November-March 100-150 miles week, 10-16 MPH.
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Originally Posted by John_V View Post
I don't consider average mph on my rides because the route has a 10 mile section that isn't as fast as the rest of the route so it slows you down and therefore decreasing your average mph. I rather use average riding pace which is between 18-21 on the faster section and 15-17 on the slower section.
Very true, but there are lots of ways to keep track. I find average moving speed to be the measure I want to track. But a rural ride with few stops and turns at 19 MPH moving average can be less effort than an urban route at 17 MPH.


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My solo rides are pretty much the same route but I usually just ride to enjoy the ride and don't really care about speed or time.
To each their own, but I would burn out if I didn't vary my ride lengths/destinations/rhythms substantially from day to day and week to week.
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80-100 miles per week. Average speed is probably around 17 mph, but that's with a lot of stop lights. My 75% quartile speed is around 20 mph.

That would have killed me in my 40s.
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This is my bread and butter ride that I'll do several times a week: https://www.strava.com/activities/1022606475

Leave the house at 6:30, drop my backpack off at the office, meet my buddy at the bike trail, we ride an out-and-back that typically takes us an hour at tempo pace, then back to the office, shower, change, at my desk at 9:00.

30-ish miles. 18-20mph avg depending on legs that day and traffic while in town. Average about 10 hours a week. 15 is a big week for me.

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I ride three to six days a week, seven to twenty-five miles a day, average speed 10-12+ MPH depending on terrain and how I'm feeling that day.

Between work and everything else going on in life, I don't have a set schedule - and I like to vary the location when I can - I would get bored if I always rode the same route.

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Old 07-13-17, 12:26 PM
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Good to hear of your accomplishments, gives me hope for myself. In my 20's and 30's I was riding 200+ a week. I overtrained and got hip bursitis which pretty much ended my career, or so I thought. After several years I've started back up and I'm taking it very slow. So far the hip is good, I hooe it stays that way, it took me years to get over that.
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190 to 200 miles per week. On the gravel bike, it's usually about 18.5 mph. On the road bike, it's a little over 19.
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190 to 200 miles per week. On the gravel bike, it's usually about 18.5 mph. On the road bike, it's a little over 19.
That's smokin' fast for a twenty year old!
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That's smokin' fast for a twenty year old!
It puts me firmly in the no-man's-land between the local racers' pace (which I can't maintain anymore on a regular basis) and the pace of the local guys my own age. Frustrating place to be.
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I've only done one road race, and those guys sent me home with my tail tucked. I've raced mountain bikes a lot and was competitive in the clydesdale class. Trouble is, im not quite a clyde when I'm in racing shape. I always start the season as a clyd then get pushed to sport when I get smaller. Those sport guys are fast!
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Too embarrassed to tell anyone.
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Well, you may have noticed that I didn't post my own avg, suffice it to say that if I go any slower I will fall over.
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It puts me firmly in the no-man's-land between the local racers' pace (which I can't maintain anymore on a regular basis) and the pace of the local guys my own age. Frustrating place to be.
I don't think I'm quite as fast as you, but I have a similar frustration. I'm faster than most all of the people with whom I feel socially comfortable and with whom I like to spend my riding time. And the younger strong riders (many are racers) blow up my legs.
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I am 62 years old. I aspire to ride 100 miles a week but this can be interrupted by weather and life. I typically ride between 12-15 but probably faster on a long open road ride. My speed seems pretty typical for other folks my age I ride with. I don't worry about getting faster but as I ride more, the feet move quicker and easier and the hills are less daunting.
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I did 240 miles for the month of June, but will be lucky to get to 200 for July, partly travel, partly lack of motivation. On my commute, with a heavy bike (35 lbs when loaded), with lots of intersections, anywhere from 10-11.5 avg. On weekends, on country roads, my last couple rides were 13-14 mph, about 15 miles. No hills on the weekend rides; a few during the commute, especially on the way home.

I'm late 50's, and started with bike commuting last year, July 1st. Five years was riding 20-30 miles at a time, 3 times a week, not sure how fast. Didn't exercise much at all during the 5 year break, so I'm still getting back into shape. But then, round's a shape.
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I estimate an average of 60-70 miles a week.

Average speed can be tricky because many of my rides have a lot of quite steep hills so that my speed will vary between 7mph and 30mph during a ride. Yesterday's ride was typical with very slow and very fast bits with an average of 12.5mph over the two hours.

One of these days I'll plan a nice flat ride to increase my average speed.

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