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Old 03-30-21, 08:53 PM
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What's a good one hour average speed?

I try to ride for about one hour each day and my average speed is usually 12 to 14 mph I'm not racing just out for a ride and some exercise.
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Old 03-30-21, 08:59 PM
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A 'good average speed' depends entirely on what you are trying to accomplish.

If you just want to go for a spin and get some exercise, ride as fast as you feel like riding and have fun.
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Old 03-30-21, 09:04 PM
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Anything equal to or faster than my last ride of the same distance and elevation gain.
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Old 03-30-21, 09:16 PM
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Nobody wants to answer, because we might be slow. When I was 20 my neighbor and I would do a 40 miler 3 times a week, in 2 hours. Now..... with all this technology...even though my top speed is over 40mph... doesn't matter if riding road bike, hybrid, or eMTB... my average always comes in at.... 12 miles an hour.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
Anything equal to or faster than my last ride of the same distance and elevation gain.
I'm not 100% sure, but I think strava calls this relative effort 😁
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Old 03-30-21, 09:29 PM
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average one hour ride mph

I try to ride for one hour each day for exercise, on moderate ups and downs terrain I average between 12 and 14mph. Sometimes I'll ride for 2hrs or 3hrs but my average speed is always around 12 to 14mph unless it is very windy then it might be 11.5mph. Seems like it gets a lot more difficult to increase the mph if faced with a head wind or steep climbs,and I try to avoid downhill speeds over 28 mph for safety and it's hard on brakes. Sometimes I'll run into riders out on 80 or 90 mile rides and they're riding faster than me so I know I'm not that fast how bout you guys what's your average on a normal outing?

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Old 03-30-21, 09:40 PM
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Again?
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Old 03-30-21, 09:43 PM
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Old 03-30-21, 09:43 PM
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Protip: you make more progress if you ride linearly forward rather than repeating yourself

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Old 03-30-21, 09:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Mark Dominck View Post
I try to avoid downhill speeds over 28 mph for safety and it's hard on brakes.
I think your brakes can handle that.
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Old 03-30-21, 09:51 PM
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Didn't mean to bore you
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Old 03-30-21, 09:56 PM
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2 mph less than last fall.
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Old 03-30-21, 10:03 PM
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My two rules:

1) plan rides assuming your net progress won't be any better than your historical performance

2) bring lights; even if you're going out for an hour in the morning
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Old 03-30-21, 10:13 PM
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Originally Posted by HD3andMe View Post
speak for yourself. Some of us dont want to answer because its an inane question - average speed over an hour is affected by too many variables to give a meaningful answer.
I just did. If you don't want to answer... then don't.
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Old 03-30-21, 10:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Mark Dominck View Post
Didn't mean to bore you
No one is bored, but what is the point of posting the same thing in two different threads? You are also asking a question that cannot be answered. Ride you own ride. If you want to go faster, work on getting faster. If you want to simply ride, then just ride. No one can tell you how fast you should be going, and no on here knows what bike you ride, what your fitness level is, where you ride, what the terrain is like, etc.

In the end, just ride, and enjoy it. If you want to race, then race. If you aren't racing, and want to go faster, then challenge yourself to go faster. If you want affirmation from strangers, get on Strava. Other than that, simply enjoy the ride. And no matter how fast you go, there will always be someone who is faster.
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Old 03-30-21, 10:29 PM
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I'm not as fast as I once was, but I'm as fast, once, as I ever was.
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Old 03-30-21, 10:41 PM
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About this fast. Maybe faster when the surface is smooth.
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You’re doing great. Keep going.
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Old 03-30-21, 10:45 PM
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Don’t fool yourself. You are DEFINITELY racing.
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Old 03-30-21, 10:55 PM
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This guy asked the same question. Do you know each other?
average one hour ride mph

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Old 03-30-21, 10:57 PM
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Not a fast guy or a racer, as a recreational rider, my best times :

solo 100 centuries fattish 17.5 average. 5:45 time
century with 10,000 ft of gain, timed event 13.8 average 7:10 time
flat 67 miles with 3 helpers, 18.3 average
solo 7 mile hard effort 20 minutes with a 22.9 average speed.
My best ever was 40 miles with a 19.3 average with 2 helpers.

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Old 03-31-21, 03:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Mark Dominck View Post
Seems like it gets a lot more difficult to increase the mph if faced with a head wind or steep climbs....
Keen observation. I've found this to be true as well.
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I need to find a long, sustained downhill road that I can ride on for an entire hour. Now THAT will become an average MPH benchmark that will be tough to topple!

In all seriousness, my bike computer calculates an average speed but the number is always lower than I'd expect, which is understandable because a) I think it represents an average over perhaps many hundreds of miles, so it takes a lot of fast riding to raise it, and also b) because I think it calculates Zero MPH during the five minutes or so when I finish my ride but the computer hasn't shut off yet. So in other words, I mostly ignore it.
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