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Old 03-12-21, 02:36 PM
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Rule #25// The bikes on top of your car should be worth more than the car
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Originally Posted by _ForceD_
Iíll turn 60 in just a couple of weeks. Iíve been riding road bikes since I was in my early 20s. These days Iím lucky to average 14-15mph on my usual 20-50 mile rides. Other than a hand full of triathlons/duathlons every year over the decades, and a mass start road race, or a TT a few times over the years...Iíve never been much of a racer. But just the other day I came upon proof that I once could ride at a pretty good clip. I was looking at my Ďtrophy caseí and picked up the 3rd place trophy for a mass start race I participated in while I was in the Navy and stationed in Spain circa 1993. On the bottom Iíd written my stats. For the 40k (24.8 miles) race I averaged 24.3mph. The race was actually on the Navy base so there werenít a ton of riders. Hence no real groups to ride in. As I recall, myself and a friend rode most of the race wheel-to-wheel with no others around us. Sure wish I could achieve speeds like that today.

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Ex-'R' brancher here. When I was in, I asked for Europe, so of course I got... Anchorage. It was nice but just not the same!

Anyway, back to bikes, I had a nice bike with me then, (late 70s) but it was just for kicking around town. Years later, I was a strong 'B' rider but couldn't keep up with the guys doing 20+ mph. It wasn't until I got into recumbents in the late 90s that I found any speed. Not too many years back I did a relay-type event, with my 45-mile split clocking in at 26.1 mph. I probably won't ever beat that.
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals
Ex-'R' brancher here. When I was in, I asked for Europe, so of course I got... Anchorage. It was nice but just not the same!

Anyway, back to bikes, I had a nice bike with me then, (late 70s) but it was just for kicking around town. Years later, I was a strong 'B' rider but couldn't keep up with the guys doing 20+ mph. It wasn't until I got into recumbents in the late 90s that I found any speed. Not too many years back I did a relay-type event, with my 45-mile split clocking in at 26.1 mph. I probably won't ever beat that.
Your riding the DALMAC and finishing in the steep hills up here, that is commendable.
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66 here and just did my longest ride of the year, 47 miles at an average speed of 17.3 MPH, top speed, 45 MPH. I like to go fast and if I can do 20 MPH for miles I am in heaven. Top speed on a tandem, 62.5. On a single bike, 52. Not really comfortable over 50 MPH in case a deer, squirrel or car crosses my path.

Will keep pushing myself as long as I am able. Besides, its great for weight maintenance.
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Fast only has meaning in a race. Other wise it is meaningless. Except for one person in the world there are thousands faster than you are. Enjoy the ride.
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Originally Posted by rydabent
Fast only has meaning in a race. Other wise it is meaningless. Except for one person in the world there are thousands faster than you are. Enjoy the ride.
How can you say it is meaningless? If it means something to the person doing it, it has meaning. It only has meaning in a race? Does it have to be a world tour race? Does a local race count? How about a structured training race? What if two guys just race each other for the county line?

Going fast can be fun. Competing with friends can be fun. Comparing results and bench racing are fun. Lots of people train and work on their speed for fun.
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Old 03-26-21, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by rydabent
Fast only has meaning in a race. Other wise it is meaningless. Except for one person in the world there are thousands faster than you are. Enjoy the ride.
1) Some of us on this forum actually race.
2) Itís not meaningless if youíre trying to make a light, or beat the rain, or get home before dark.
3) Fast is fun.
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How fast do I ride? Couple of different ways to interpret the question. Today did almost 53 miles with 2300í climbing with an average speed of 16.2 but its still early in the season. One downhill section did 40 but many cars and stiff side winds. All time top speed on a road bike: 53 MPH. Average 30 mile speed around 18 with hill climbs. Think I covered all the bases.
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Originally Posted by rydabent
Fast only has meaning in a race. Other wise it is meaningless. Except for one person in the world there are thousands faster than you are. Enjoy the ride.
Depends. If you're riding with a group, you need to keep up with them or risk being dropped.
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Originally Posted by caloso
1) Some of us on this forum actually race.
2) Itís not meaningless if youíre trying to make a light, or beat the rain, or get home before dark.
3) Fast is fun.
especially on a winding descent that you know really well.
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Originally Posted by caloso
1) Some of us on this forum actually race.
2) Itís not meaningless if youíre trying to make a light, or beat the rain, or get home before dark.
3) Fast is fun.
faster is funner.
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Old 05-10-21, 10:22 AM
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I don't know how fast I ride, and my speed varies greatly on just about every ride I go on. But I do know that I ride always at just the right speed.
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Old 05-10-21, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Clyde1820
(about Monitor Pass) What, 6-7% grade for something like 10 miles, and steeper still (but shorter) on the "nasty" stuff?
There's a fairly straight section on the "front" (West) side of Monitor Pass that has a low double-digit grade (10-15%), for about 0.5 miles.

I weigh 135 lbs soaking wet, and I've reached 55 mph on that section before (chin over bars, no jacket). Bigger folks and tandems have gone considerably faster.

I don't think of descending quickly as an athletic thrill ride, but a way to minimize braking and its wear and tear on my rims. From descending with bigger riders who have an advantage over me, I have picked up some techniques that help me keep up (pick good lines on curves, sprint out of the turns, etc.).
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Originally Posted by GlennR
Better to be fast... than look fast.





I'll wait for you at the next stop light
Yeah, but donít you have a 911 turbo? Or is it the anniversary edition?
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Todayís speed: 18.1 MPH over 50 miles with 1800í climbing. By the end of the season it should go up or Iíll be crippled. /either way
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Originally Posted by rsbob
Yeah, but donít you have a 911 turbo? Or is it the anniversary edition?
But i built it with my own two hands... it's not a store bought car.
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I like the veloviewer.com infographic for yearly stats. It's not boring:





Their 3D view of routes is pretty slick, also:


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About 27mph. https://www.strava.com/activities/5340936095/overview

Old guys seem to be getting faster:

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Today our group averaged 20+ mph over 67 miles with 3200í of climbing.
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Originally Posted by caloso
About 27mph. https://www.strava.com/activities/5340936095/overview

Old guys seem to be getting faster:
Originally Posted by jppe
Today our group averaged 20+ mph over 67 miles with 3200’ of climbing.
Tobi Keith's song can be SO TRUE >>>


but sadly in my case, not even "....As I Once Was...." anymore.
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I seldom average over 11 mph.
So there.
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On the Trike, I average 9 mph. On my last two-wheeler, a Giant city bike, I averaged just short of 15. I tell people 30.

I discovered that my single-speed Schwinn Trike goes from zero to 5 in less than 30 minutes.
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Originally Posted by bargeon
I seldom average over 11 mph.
So there.
I stop often, take pictures, chat with people I meet on the trails. At 75, I'll get there when I get there.
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June 2021 update. Did 54 miles in high 80s and low 90s with 2000í climbing with an average speed of 18 MPH. Top speed 40. Age 66.
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Pretty much stuck. Solo rides from 20 to 40 miles coming in around 20mph (19 to 21 range) provided not too much wind or vertical. At 64 now, it's definitely a half step off where I was 10 years ago. So be it.
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