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Old 10-26-10, 04:00 PM
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On a typical 13 mile commute, my speed while riding will be 15 mph. If I push it I can keep up 17-18 for awhile, but not more than about 15-30 minutes. If I feel tired it'll be 13 mph.

Lately I seem to have more fun going slower than faster. Going fast, I wish the ride was over; going slower, I'm enjoying the ride.

My bi-weekly commute is 26 miles, a long ride for me, but a few days ago I rode 75 miles in one day and enjoyed every minute and never even broke a sweat, the reason was I was doing rolling support on an organized century and part of my job was following the last riders in. I was going way slower than my normal pace, and amazingly, having more fun than usual.
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Old 10-26-10, 04:03 PM
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My "normal" speed seems to be around 14mph and I can generally push that to 18 or 19 on flat land, but statistically speaking my "average" speed is 10.9mph. Top speed so far is 34mph All of this is on a mountain bike with Bontrager Connection tires, which are fairly knobby and generally well loaded down.
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Old 10-26-10, 04:32 PM
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18-20 kph
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Old 10-26-10, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by tligman View Post
My "normal" speed seems to be around 14mph and I can generally push that to 18 or 19 on flat land, but statistically speaking my "average" speed is 10.9mph. Top speed so far is 34mph All of this is on a mountain bike with Bontrager Connection tires, which are fairly knobby and generally well loaded down.
So actually, I should feel fairly good about an average speed of 10 mph with a mountain bike, full knobbies on the road? I've been having a terrible time getting it past 12, but maybe the knobbies, bike weight, and hills make a bigger dent than I give them credit for?
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Old 10-26-10, 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by SocialCow View Post
I have seen several threads on average speeds, what I can't seem to find in this forum is... Apart from going for rides, when you get on your bike and go to the store, work and back home, how fast do you normally go I'm not asking for an average speed, I'm asking about the looking down to your speedometer and how fast are you going right under normal conditions.
City riding, around 12 mph maybe? I don't look at the bike computer much when I'm mucking around town. My city bike is a RANS Fusion, not a normal-geometry frame.

For long-distance riding, around 12-14 mph for ~50 mile rides, slowing to 7-8 mph by ~100 miles. My long-distance bike is a touring-style long-wheelbase recumbent.


I don't have any normal bikes anymore.
Regular upright road bikes are faster and feel very lively (compared to a recumbent or the Fusion) but the riding comfort of the bicycles I own now is far better than any upright bike I ever had. You do kinda lose some of the motivation to ride fast when just sitting on the bicycle doesn't hurt.
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Old 10-26-10, 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by knobster View Post
I took my computer off my bike as some have above. It's made riding much more enjoyable for me. No idea how fast I'm going and now I don't care.....
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Old 10-26-10, 07:58 PM
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If I'm just easing around town enjoying the sights, then about 13 - 15 mph. If I'm out in the country easing along, then 13 - 17 depending on the flora and fauna that the eyes are enjoying at the time.
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Old 10-26-10, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by TurbineBlade View Post
You'll never get an honest answer here. Some cyclists (roadies) measure every numerical value possible and wear it as a badge of honor. They'd rather amputate their genitals than admit that they're slow....because there's no point in living if you can't beat other people at something, and riding at a comfortable pace where the cyclist has any fun is just garbage miles.

So, take their "pace" speed and subtract it by 1-2 mph. Take their "recovery ride" speed and add 1-2 mph to get their normal pace. If they seem to REALLY overestimate their own ability (common in roadies -- particularly dudes) maybe subtract 3-4 mph from the former.
Yup. It's kind of like bike weight.

Every bike has 3 weights: What the manufacturer says that it weighs, what the guy who owns it think that it weighs, and what my scale says that it weighs.

You might lose one once in a while, but I'm thinking that you could pay for a pretty nice digital scale with the proceeds from bike weight sucker bets.
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Old 10-26-10, 09:44 PM
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Flat ground, no wind-14-15 mph. Headwind up to 10 mph subtract 1-2, tailwind add 1-2. Mostly around town and between nearby towns. Actual average is slightly lower as the handcycle takes longer to get up to speed after a stop.
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Old 10-27-10, 11:59 AM
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Speed doesn't matter unless you worry about it. I live in a hilly area and on a 30 mile ride with 2,500ft of climbing in 12 miles of it- I average about 13mph. Then there are the marshes- Very flat but plenty of 90deg corners where you slow down and I do about 13mph. Then there is a route I used to do- 100 miles- 10,000ft of climbing and offroad---I average 8 mph. but in training for it I do a 30 mile ride with 2,000ft of climbing at 13mph.

Just hope I am not superstitous.
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Old 10-27-10, 01:48 PM
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For touring it is even slower.

I have a relative who lived near the Washington coast for a few years, I had to drive on the coast road for a few miles to get to their house.
The coast road is very hilly in this area, it is basically constant up-and-down hills. Way more difficult than what I ever rode in the midwest US.

Driving this road I always saw bicycle tourists every mile or two it seemed. Most had upright bikes, either MTB or touring-styles. Now and then I'd see a person or two on a recumbent bicycle of some kind.

I don't think I ever saw any of them riding more than 5 mph or so, it didn't matter what kind of bike they had, or how expensive it looked.
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Old 10-27-10, 02:04 PM
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6 mph up some hills
17 mph on summer rides 23 when I push hard for short periods
max is up around 30 down hills
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Old 10-27-10, 02:17 PM
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When I look down at my computer it says around 30mph. I look down again if I think it's gone up to 35mph. Above 35mph, I don't look down because I'm too focused on keeping my rear wheel on the ground while my legs spin over 180rpm.
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Old 10-27-10, 02:19 PM
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Touring, average 7mph, but weeks of hours at 7 per can get you quite a ways,
and you can enjoy the place you are traveling thru.

In retrospect, My regrets are not stopping more often.
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20 is such a nice, round number that I usually gravitate toward it, whether or not I'm looking at my speedo.
Truly, I've spent so much time training for sub-five-hour centuries that I always feel the need to speed up if I'm going less than 20; and then once I'm doing 20, ahhh relax.
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Old 10-27-10, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by OneIsAllYouNeed View Post
When I look down at my computer it says around 30mph. I look down again if I think it's gone up to 35mph. Above 35mph, I don't look down because I'm too focused on keeping my rear wheel on the ground while my legs spin over 180rpm.
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Old 10-27-10, 06:45 PM
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Originally Posted by OneIsAllYouNeed View Post
When I look down at my computer it says around 30mph. I look down again if I think it's gone up to 35mph. Above 35mph, I don't look down because I'm too focused on keeping my rear wheel on the ground while my legs spin over 180rpm.
I guess if I were to go riding on my own for, say, an hour, then looked at my speedo during a random flat stretch, it'd read between 23 and 25 mph. More if OIAYN is temporarily up ahead of me.
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Old 10-27-10, 08:47 PM
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I most commonly ride about 15-16mph judging from the occasional glance. My computer's average is usually 13-14. I have a flat 6-mile commute on a single-speed.
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Old 10-28-10, 05:59 AM
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Nearly all my riding is commuting (50m round trip, 3 times a week).

Rolling speed on the flat - 17-18mph. Elapsed speed - 16mph.

Fastest elapsed speed over commute (with tailwind) - 20mph.
Slower elapsed speed over commute (winter, snow) - 12mph
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Old 10-28-10, 06:39 AM
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When I look down at my computer it says around 30mph. I look down again if I think it's gone up to 35mph. Above 35mph, I don't look down because I'm too focused on keeping my rear wheel on the ground while my legs spin over 180rpm.
When I look down at my computer It starts displaying the time more and more slowly as my bike enters a time warp -- I look down again to see if there are any H. heidelbergensis standing around. Above this, I don't look down because I'm too focused on keeping my legs from bursting into flames and throwing white-light in all directions.

Seriously dude, I could smoke you. I can probably pee a lot further too.

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Old 10-28-10, 06:41 AM
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I tend to look down at my speed when I'm feeling good, and making some speed. That's usually when the road is just slightly downhill, or there's a bit of a tailwind.

It's interesting to see the real statistics from rides recorded via a GPS track:

A recent ride with some uphills and downhills. I find that I rarely keep the same speed for any length of time. This graph is fairly typical.




Next, from a group ride. We had a break part way through, so that counts toward the zero mph time. The ride had some sections where we were just riding along easy, and the usual regroups at stop signs.

Note that even slight grades affect the speed!






This chart comes from an uploaded track to ridewithgps.com. It's a great site for planning rides or viewing ride tracks.
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Old 10-28-10, 11:36 AM
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Okay, I'll bite... not that I'm concerned about speed (far from it) but it lets me gage how badly the wind is affecting me, and helps me figure out when I'm going to get somewhere.

On a steel MTB with slicks, loaded saddlebags, fenders and lights, I average between 13.5 and 14.5 MPH on flat terrain. I did two 75 mile rides back-to-back and averaged about 13MPH.
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Old 10-28-10, 03:24 PM
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Mine is 12.5-13.3 avg on my hybrid on my mountain bike probably 8-9 mph while in the trails and on my road bike avg about 17mph
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Though I find it interesting how little things can change it. I remember one road where my speed had been pretty consistent that got repaved. Nice smooth vrs. ready to repave (but no real problems) meant abotu a 1 mph difference.

I have hit 35 on the flat. I'd hate to try to hold it for over 5 seconds.

I do find 15 mph limits just that limiting.
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Old 10-30-10, 08:09 AM
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I would say average is between 12 and 15 mph. But other factors play into it such as traffic, traffic lights, stop signs, etc. But when I'm cruising along the 12-15 is about right. I'm not looking to break the sound barrier.
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