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What's your average pace?

Old 10-13-15, 11:23 PM
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What's your average pace?

Curious what other people ride at. When I do my 60 mile loop with 1800ft climb, I usually clock around 16.5 -17 mph. Yesterday I did 19.4 with my buddy but only over the course of about 12 miles (got dark).

What's your average?
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Old 10-13-15, 11:32 PM
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Today I averaged 16.2. But that's on my 6 mile commute. I'm sure stop lights and having to slow down for uneven pavement areas knocks off the net numbers. Plus... I'm heavy. 283 lbs. Would like to eventually start getting out in the country for longer rides with no stops to get a better idea of what kind of output I'm currently at.
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Old 10-14-15, 05:30 AM
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Average pace ~ 87 rpms. Speed? Sometimes, it's really brisk. Other times, the wind or hills or fatigue are factors. I get there when I get there.
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Old 10-14-15, 05:44 AM
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I'm usually the same pace as you, 16.5-17 mph on my commute. In the summer I was clocking in above 17 which I considered pretty good for riding in the suburbs with all the intersections and traffic lights. I'm under 17mph now with the cooler Michigan weather.
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Old 10-14-15, 05:59 AM
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When riding alone I ride 15 or so when riding with others it might be 12-14 or 15-18. It all depends on the ride. Years ago I burnt out riding purely for numbers. It was all how far and how fast. Now I ride for the day and try to enjoy the surroundings with much less concern about the numbers.
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Old 10-14-15, 06:02 AM
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My average training pace (flat ground) has crept up into the 18s from the 15s since this time last year. I actually has a 20+ mph ride over 55 miles this weekend, 27.5 miles out, a coffee bar break, then back.

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Old 10-14-15, 07:18 AM
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I usually ride about 20 miles per day. Currently I am at 13mph, but working on upping that. Hoping that when I upgrade my bike, I will be able to ride faster.

I'm a turtle.
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Old 10-14-15, 07:32 AM
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Sunday was nice and sunny. Did a 36 mile ride along Lake Superior in the fall colors. Averaged 17.8 MPH, which is best speed of the season. Was real happy. Usually more like 15 to 16 MPH. These are on my road bike on country roads. The engine is over 60 years old.
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Old 10-14-15, 07:37 AM
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All out sprint on a flat road, 32-35mph for 3-4 miles. On a 50 mile bike ride, no headwinds and small 50-60ft "hills", my compter says 16-18, but it doesn't include long stop lights like we have here drop the avg. Every time I look down while moving though, I'm constantly seeing 18-20mph for avg. pace and 14-15mph up hills, and down to 11-12mph once exhaustion sets in.
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Old 10-14-15, 07:40 AM
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Originally Posted by YogaKat View Post
I usually ride about 20 miles per day. Currently I am at 13mph, but working on upping that. Hoping that when I upgrade my bike, I will be able to ride faster.

I'm a turtle.
you may or may not squeak out a 1-2mph difference, but dropping weight if you have any excess (on you not the bike), and overall conditioning will make a much bigger and far cheaper improvement on speed and distance that a new fancy upgrade(s) Just fyi..
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Old 10-14-15, 07:48 AM
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Average? I don't have a computer on my commuter, it's about the same distance every time. 14-16 mph or so, depending on rain, wind and snow depth.
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Originally Posted by CarbonPothole View Post
you may or may not squeak out a 1-2mph difference, but dropping weight if you have any excess (on you not the bike), and overall conditioning will make a much bigger and far cheaper improvement on speed and distance that a new fancy upgrade(s) Just fyi..
That depends. Assuming these are numbers from the bike on his profile.... then I'd say there could definitely be some solid improvements in numbers if on a road bike.
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Old 10-14-15, 08:03 AM
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With my Felt my average pace is 18 mph (all rides, over 2,500 miles). On a solo 60-mile flat course, I'm able to hold a 20.2 mph pace (no stops). I'm working on holding that pace on a solo 100-mile ride; however, I'm still short of that: 18.7 mph and 18.5 mph on two attempts (both rides were non-stop except 'nature breaks').

It was mentioned in another post that moving time and total time are different, here are my details:
100-mile rides:
total time: 5:38.35 & 5:33:26
Moving time: 5:26:11 & 5:21:44

60-mile rides:
total time: 2:59:42 & 2:57:52
Moving time: 2:56:30 & 2:55:24

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Old 10-14-15, 08:07 AM
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Oh, so you want some averages?

August 2015, 14.8mph over 779 miles
Sept. 2015, 15.2mph over 779 miles
Oct. 2015 16.1mph over 402 miles

2015 to date, from May 8 (when I bought the Garmin) to my most recent ride:
125 rides, 3,968 miles
31.74 miles per ride, 14.81mph avg. speed
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Old 10-14-15, 08:19 AM
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My speed depends on the bike, the ride, the wind, etc. Cadence is about 75. (OCD or Asperger's, whatever--- I still do this in my head, though not really consciously.) On the MTB/Commuter or the cruiser, I average about 14-16 mph. On my old road bike, around 18 mph, sometimes a fraction more. I don't try for competition level; I ride because I like to ride.
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Old 10-14-15, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by CarbonPothole View Post
All out sprint on a flat road, 32-35mph for 3-4 miles. On a 50 mile bike ride, no headwinds and small 50-60ft "hills", my compter says 16-18, but it doesn't include long stop lights like we have here drop the avg. Every time I look down while moving though, I'm constantly seeing 18-20mph for avg. pace and 14-15mph up hills, and down to 11-12mph once exhaustion sets in.
Except for the first sentence, you sound like me more or less, which means nothing special, so I'm wondering how you would manage to also be someone who average 32-35 for 3-4miles. hehe TT bike? Group ride?
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Old 10-14-15, 08:54 AM
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Total time average is most often less than moving average for any bike ride due to stop signs, stop lights, rest stops.....etc.

At 64yo, my average for the 112 miles of 2014 Ironman Florida was 18.4mph completed without stopping from the time I left the mount area until my return. I was slightly disappointed, but due to the steady 15/20mph winds with gusts over 35mph and cold temperatures I did OK.

Yesterday's 63 miler was a slow burner for me so I kept speed at 15/17mph with heart rate 100/115bpm. It was meant to be a relaxed, constant pedal pressure ride. Final pace was 15.4mph.

When out for a basic, cruising 65 miler I keep a 17mph to 22mph speed on the computer and average 19mph+.

I find that riding by the numbers to be VERY BENEFICIAL for me now that I am dealing with prostate cancer, half a thyroid issues, anemia issues and the physical effects of living with almost no testosterone. Going into the Six Gap Century a few weeks ago I wanted to average 13mph for the 103.8 miles that involved 11,200 feet of climbing. Keeping an eye on my computer, heart rate and the feedback my body was giving me I managed a 14.4mph moving average, much better than I expected having done almost no climbing since 1986 when I moved to SW FL. A typical 80 miler now consists of 30' elevation gain.
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Old 10-14-15, 09:01 AM
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Irrelevant question as there are to many variables to make any information pertinent.
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Old 10-14-15, 09:54 AM
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IMO unless you are a professional bike racer, dont worry about such things. Just ride at what ever cadence feels right, and what speed you feel you can maintain. Ride slow when there is something to see, and faster if it feels right.
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Originally Posted by spdracr39 View Post
Irrelevant question as there are to many variables to make any information pertinent.
But it gets one to think about the variables. That's good. Even reading these posts show the nuances.

I would imagine most riders have a basic set of local rides. Maybe a dozen with some variations. Each of those rides will register a certain average moving speed. If you collect enough data about your rides, it allows you to measure (make an assessment) the rides as the years go by.

Group rides seem to be a bit faster than solo. If you keep a diary, you can use the GPS like Garmin to get the data and then write down things about that ride.
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Breathing through my nose. If it's windy, then breathing through my mouth and nose.
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My average pace is so average ... it gives new meaning to the term mediocrity.
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Originally Posted by spdracr39 View Post
Irrelevant question as there are to many variables to make any information pertinent.
Admittedly irrelevant; however, it is interesting for a lot of people (including me). You're not interested, so move on to a thread that you find interesting and relevant. Thank you!
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Originally Posted by CarbonPothole View Post
All out sprint on a flat road, 32-35mph for 3-4 miles. On a 50 mile bike ride, no headwinds and small 50-60ft "hills", my compter says 16-18, but it doesn't include long stop lights like we have here drop the avg. Every time I look down while moving though, I'm constantly seeing 18-20mph for avg. pace and 14-15mph up hills, and down to 11-12mph once exhaustion sets in.
Really? These numbers are incredible!

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