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Old 11-28-16, 07:44 AM
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OP, forget about the pros, they are on a totally different level - they can cruise for hours at speeds most of us could only sustain for a few minutes.
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Old 11-28-16, 07:48 AM
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Humpfh! Anywhere between 12 and 22 mph, I suppose... I don't train in winter, and I get progressively-faster as the summer rolls on.

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Old 11-28-16, 08:39 AM
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My early morning rides from midnight to 6AM on either the 36 pound hybrid or 29 pound touring upright bar bikes are easy riding 15mph moving average for up to 80 miles depending on time of the start. Same rides on my road bikes will be increased by 3mph. Dealing with my prostate cancer last year and a rotten right shoulder that was replace 7 weeks ago today also contributes to slower speeds. Being 66 now has also played a minor roll in easing back.
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Old 11-28-16, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by 23109VC View Post
I ride with my iPhone / apple watch and it tracks my speed in real time....
on a downhill - where I feel like i'm going as fast as the bike will physically go, I think i'm going maybe 35? maybe that ...
Why don't you know your exact downhill speed?
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Old 11-28-16, 09:17 AM
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I'm over 50 and riding at around 5000 ft above sea level. Oh and I suck at climbing although I do a fair amount of it. Descending I go as fast as I can, usually limited by wind conditions and how aero I can get. Top speed this year on a descent was 55.2 mph.
Holy cow this is awesome! I like to go fast but 55.2 and I would pee my pants
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Old 11-28-16, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by 23109VC View Post
I'm new to cycling...
The speeds you stated are fine and normal. If you are competitive, find some sanctioned racing in your area and go do it. Those are the only comparative bike speeds that matter.

If you are not going to do sanctioned racing, then don't worry about what everyone else is doing as it doesn't matter. It's hard, but try not to get too caught up in how fast others are going. There is always someone faster out there and plenty of people slower. Just ride your ride and enjoy it.
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Old 11-28-16, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
The speeds you stated are fine and normal. If you are competitive, find some sanctioned racing in your area and go do it. Those are the only comparative bike speeds that matter.

If you are not going to do sanctioned racing, then don't worry about what everyone else is doing as it doesn't matter. It's hard, but try not to get too caught up in how fast others are going. There is always someone faster out there and plenty of people slower. Just ride your ride and enjoy it.
Easier said than done. I understand where the question comes from: you start riding, maybe a lot, and you see your strength and speed improving. After a while you start to wonder where you stand among other enthusiastic cyclists. I think that you have to ask this question or ride with some recreational or fast groups before it dawns on you that even though you're pretty fast compared to what you mostly see, in another circle you're the slow guy and those guys struggle in a fast group, and so on. The truth is, there are so many levels that what you say is right: there's not much point in comparing unless we compete. Except individually, continuing to improve is a worthwhile goal regardless.
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Old 11-28-16, 10:58 AM
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Quarter to Half Impulse Power.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impulse_drive


I ride like the Wind. when it to my back,


Just why does it Matter ? look up all the times someone else asked the same question ...

Flat ground?, not as fast as Downhill , But faster than Uphill..

... dont forget to include daily planetary rotation speed and annual solar orbital speeds as well.

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Old 11-28-16, 11:37 AM
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Laden, or unladen?
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Originally Posted by mgvh View Post
Depends if you are in Europe or Africa.

Originally Posted by IMontoya View Post
Well done.
Simply a question of maintaining ground-speed velocity.....
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Old 11-28-16, 11:48 AM
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So fast, so fast I can't look at my compuker. And I'm faster downhill. Hit 45 mph on the laden touring bike this summer. Drifted out to toward the yellow line on that corner. Only to see not 1 but 2 logging trucks coming down the the other side of the hill. " Some" wind buffeting after that, sort of puckery. So, not as fast these days.
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Old 11-28-16, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
Easier said than done. I understand where the question comes from: you start riding, maybe a lot, and you see your strength and speed improving. After a while you start to wonder where you stand among other enthusiastic cyclists. I think that you have to ask this question or ride with some recreational or fast groups before it dawns on you that even though you're pretty fast compared to what you mostly see, in another circle you're the slow guy and those guys struggle in a fast group, and so on. The truth is, there are so many levels that what you say is right: there's not much point in comparing unless we compete. Except individually, continuing to improve is a worthwhile goal regardless.
Go to your LBS that carries race bikes or sponsors a team. Ask about the local group ride that all the racers go on. There will likely be a Saturday morning ride (and after we go back to daylight time, a Tuesday evening ride). Go on that ride, and make sure you know how to get home because when you get dropped, no one will wait for you.
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Old 11-28-16, 12:51 PM
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Use a Garmin or a smart phone and join Strava. It compares you to others who ride the same exact places you ride. Some are 1/2 mile segments (sections), some are 20 mile sections.

Very hard to say exactly what the answers may be but joining Strava gives you an idea.

45 mile flat ride I average 18.0 solo. 19.5 with a partner.

10 mile segment at 21.5.

While comparing myself to the speeds of others on the site, it varies due to wind, rain etc.

Some guys have posted faster times but they may be riding in a group, some with a big tailwind on a windy day, some may be riding against a big headwind so there are many variables to consider.

But Strava gives you a good idea of what you are doing compare to yourself and to others.

This is the top leader board for a local flat 10 miles section taken from Strava. As you can see the top guys are averaging 26-30 mph. I'm guessing they are riding in a pack of riders. But also I can see I am number 1482 out of 10907 riders that have ridden this segment. My best was 21.3 mph average over the 10 miles.

Like I said, Strava gives you a good idea of your accumulated efforts as well as those of others but there are variables to consider.
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Old 11-28-16, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Go to your LBS that carries race bikes or sponsors a team. Ask about the local group ride that all the racers go on. There will likely be a Saturday morning ride (and after we go back to daylight time, a Tuesday evening ride). Go on that ride, and make sure you know how to get home because when you get dropped, no one will wait for you.
Personally? I've been on the "fast(er) ride" of the Bike Roswell group - didn't like it much but I didn't get dropped. The slower group is too sedate and only 25 miles - I guess group is not my thing in general. I'm sure that I don't want to chase after racers though

As I said, there are so many levels that it's pointless to compare. That racer group that I could never hope to hang with is a tour pro's recovery ride. But you're probably right that it's a good way to see where you stand.
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Old 11-28-16, 04:31 PM
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Mid-season:
Road bike solo: cruise at ~21. All in Strava AVG for a solid ride ~19-19.5
Road bike group: cruise at ~23. All in Strava AVG for a solid ride ~21

Subtract 1-2 MPH for the shoulders of the season.
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Old 11-28-16, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by grizzly59 View Post
Holy cow this is awesome! I like to go fast but 55.2 and I would pee my pants
Funny thing is the top speed was obtained on this old 1989 Giordana Antares this summer. I was about 1/2 down when I realized I was still running the original (and hard) brake pads.



Later in the year I tried to beat that on my recently built up 1987 Schwinn Circuit. Was in the 55 mph range and still gathering speed when I had to suddenly brake going into a curve to keep off a car in my way. Got the worse case of bike shimmy ever and thought I was going down.

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Old 12-01-16, 02:26 PM
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I'm a newbie and started bicycling in September after almost 40 years of not touching a bike. My average speed is 14mph on mostly flat paved bike route, and I ride about 20 miles each time.
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If I ever find some flat smooth pavement I'll let you know.
Come to Kansas, we've got plenty of it.
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Old 12-01-16, 03:04 PM
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I use my commuting speed -- 12.5 miles in 44 minutes, door-to-door, including the time waiting at traffic lights. So that works out to an 17mph average speed. My actual riding speed is probably 19mph on that commuting bike (my 40 year-old Fuji!).

Recently, I was out in AZ for my annual visit, and got my newer/lighter/faster Miyata 710 that I keep out there sorted out. Out there there were no stoplights to slow down my average speed. No places to stop for a break, either! I was clicking off mileposts on US60 and SR79 between Apache Junction and Florence at a tad under three minutes, so that means I was going over 20mph, maybe 21. I generally maintained that average speed for rides of 20, 35, and 60 miles, although the upwind leg was a bit slower and downwind was faster. I don't consider those speeds to be too bad for an out-of-shape Clyde that is closing in on 60yo...
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Old 12-01-16, 03:08 PM
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on my steel 88 mtb commuter on 26x1.5 tires at 65psi I sustain about 14.5. On my road bike I can sustain about 17 mph. 20 to 40 miles. Of course I have to stop and yield on occasion.
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Too many hills to give an accurate number. I use to ride a dead flat perfectly paved rail trail regularly but haven't been to that trail in the past year and a half. It's a perfect trail to determine what your cruise speed is.

Started out on an old rusted creaky Walmart mountain bike 3.5 years ago on that rail trail. I cruised at around 13 mph on that POS. Bought my Giant hybrid and increased the cruise speed to around 15-16. Through that year I probably increased another mph to 16-17 cruise speed.

Been riding for the last year and a half mostly road with a ton of hills and a lot of non-flat longer distances trails thrown in on weekends. Nothing flat enough to give me an idea how I would compare now to the first full year of riding.
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Originally Posted by Milton Keynes View Post
Come to Kansas, we've got plenty of it.
...and now I have a mental image of Miss Gulch (Margaret Hamilton) riding her bicycle fast.
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The only flat smooth pavement I've encountered thusfar has been on trails and I deliberately take them slow; scenery and traffics. On commutes I was averaging ~15mph and that's just fine.
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I'm less about speed and more about cadence these days. I keep my cadence on flats around 85 consistently. Speed on my computer is around 14.5-15 mph. If I'm trying to keep up with my adult son, I might hold 16 mph for a while (he's still way ahead of me at 23 mph). But like I said, it's more about the spin than the speed =)
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53 year old casual rider with a nice carbon bike like yours. I only have flat ground here. On my average (20-30 miles) out and back route on a bike path where I rarely have to slow for other users, I average 18+ when wind is light and I am feeling good. Factor in a little wind and it'll drop to the 16's. It sounds like you are on the right track OP.
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These speed threads are silly in way, but I can't resist...

17-18 mostly flat central FL. Add a couple of MPH for tailwind, subtract a couple of MPH for headwind. The challenge for me, since I ride in mostly urban areas, is lights and stop signs.
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