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how fast is your bike

Old 12-29-15, 08:03 AM
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The question is "how fast is your bike," not how fast you can make it go. Some bikes are faster than others just standing there.

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Old 12-29-15, 08:07 AM
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Downhill I am fast..............
Uphill I am slow...........
On the flat areas I am average..............
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Old 12-29-15, 07:12 PM
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I do OK on my bikes; but this one (of mine) looks like it's capable of going supersonic even without me.

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Old 12-29-15, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by kickstart View Post
Superfit to say the least. I ran competitively in the military, and had a really good road bike, yet no way was I sustaining 20+ except for ideal conditions, and definitely not as an average.
It doesn't seem so out of reach to me. I maintain about 16-17 on a flat and that is at 43 years old and only 2nd full year into bicycling. How much would 80-100 extra pounds of gear loaded on your bike would you say slow you down? I'm on a hybrid and probably have 100 lb. on these folks who claim 20 mph. I would gain a mph or 2 if I switched to a road bike and I'm sure I'd gain significantly if I lost 100 lb. of weight. I only need 3-4 mph to get 20 mph.

Note I did state as I think others usually state that they can maintain x mph, not average x mph. There's a big difference. You can't look at average at all. I ride 6 miles out and 6 miles back on a flat bike trail. I don't ever go below 15 mph and I don't ever exceed 17 mph for the complete 6 miles out. Just the time it takes me to start out and stop at the end of 6 miles, which probably doesn't take a minute, reduces my average to around 12.5. It's difficult to provide data of what you actually are capable of maintaining, but that is a reasonable comparable measurement rather than the fact that I average 12.5 because I cruise 16 mph for 6 miles straight in the woods along the river on a rail trail before stopping and turning around while Joe Blow can cruise on his road bike at 20 mph but still only averages 12.5 because he's stopped for 78 stoplights, stopsigns, an traffic on the roads in the city.
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Old 12-30-15, 01:20 AM
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Old 12-30-15, 01:47 AM
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Old 12-30-15, 02:55 PM
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To average 20 mph overall, you must be doing 22-23 mph on flat ground to make up for the times you're climbing more slowly, and for times you're slowing for stop signs/lights or speeding back up. It's not easy, but that's why it's 'the standard' of performance. I suppose 4-hour centuries are the GOLD performance mark, but so few people are capable of that without group help that it's not really a standard.

Ironically, although the bike pictured above is supposedly my fastest bike, it's the only one of my speed bikes I haven't used in a sub-5 century. Maybe next year... BTW, I'm doing good on my hybrid to average 14 mph for 25 miles; so BIG difference between a hybrid and something designed to go fast.
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Old 12-30-15, 03:11 PM
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With the Stromer, I can hit 32 mph if I ride as fast as possible and give it all I've got. I can't do that for very long.
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Old 12-30-15, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Alligator View Post
With the Stromer, I can hit 32 mph if I ride as fast as possible and give it all I've got. I can't do that for very long.
Off topic question but does the Stromer give you an indication of how much power you're putting out vs the motor?
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Old 12-30-15, 03:14 PM
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No, it just has one to three bars indicating how much battery power I'm using.
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Old 12-30-15, 03:47 PM
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My favorite bike will travel at the speed of light. It says Litespeed right on it in big letters.
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Old 12-30-15, 03:55 PM
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How fast will you be going if another Litespeed is heading towards you?
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Old 12-30-15, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
Been trying for years to break 60, but only gotten up to 58 a bunch of times on the lower approach to Palomar Mountain, the lower straight sections of Mount Baldy Road, and drafting cars down Twin Oaks Parkway. I've passed 19 motorcycles and hundreds of cars over the years, but still trying to hit the big six-oh.
Was looking forward to possibly doing it last summer on Pikes Peak (which is now paved all the way to the top), but there was too much traffic and I couldn't get a full head of steam on the straight sections, despite passing wholesale over the double-yellow. Fun day, but no dice: only up to 52.
Some day...


It's hard to capture grade in a photo but you've done it perfectly. That looks steep.
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Old 12-30-15, 05:21 PM
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One of my bikes reached a speed of close to 600 MPH. In the baggage hold of a jet aircraft.
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Old 12-30-15, 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
It's hard to capture grade in a photo but you've done it perfectly. That looks steep.
I take no credit for capturing anything, and no Photoshop enhancement jiggery-pokery or clever angles going on in those photos. Pikes is the hardest I've ever climbed.
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Old 12-30-15, 06:26 PM
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After reading this last night, I went for a ride today. I hit 26 mph for just a bit on level ground. Was tough pedaling at that speed. My best going down a small hill ( all we have in north Fl) I did get up to 32 mph . Can hit 20 mph just about anytime and maintain it for a while. Getting better and stronger at doing the speed thing.
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Old 12-30-15, 06:27 PM
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I once rode up an 11% hill, through untamed forest, at nearly 150mph on my hardtail. I don't remember doing it, though.

It's possible that my phone's GPS made a mistake.

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Old 12-30-15, 10:30 PM
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90 kph on a lovely steep, gently winding descent. Gods that was awesome.
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Old 12-31-15, 01:44 PM
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I got up to 21.5 mph on my hybrid here last night. Can't get much flatter or smoother than a concrete manufacturing plant floor. Not a lot of room getting up to speed, plus I was in blue jeans, steel toe work boots, and wasn't warmed up...

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Old 12-31-15, 01:50 PM
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I've hit 36 on a fairly short steep hill on my Domane, it was very steady at that speed. I feel cofident it could go much faster on the same incline as I wasn't pushing it my hardest.
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How fast will you be going if another Litespeed is heading towards you?
If the two bikes hit head on the universe will collapse in on itself. The opposite of the big bang.
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Old 12-31-15, 07:15 PM
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Well my bike has a sticker on the down tube , built to go fast, but not with me on it! I cruise at 25 or so and break downhill. 35 a few times on a hot summer day downhill.
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Old 01-02-16, 08:37 PM
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Rolled out a 50.1 on a descent with my '88 Cannondale Criterium. Exhilerating.
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Purple handlebars? Must be some kind of wimp.
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How can you say that after seeing me go through the course? Can you run it faster with black handlebars?
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