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Old 10-31-10, 01:18 AM
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6km when crawling up steep hills.
15-20km on flats, around town.
rollin hills into town, with help of green lights can get up to 35-40km on good days.
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Old 10-31-10, 06:24 AM
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I ride at an average of 12 miles an hour. 16 on the flat, down to 5 on steep hills. But that average is fast enough to have taken me all over this country touring. Averaging 70 miles a day.
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Old 10-31-10, 07:28 AM
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I am going to rush in where angels fear to tread, and answer this thread along with everyone else.

Average vs. "typical" speed???? Average speed should be total distance covered divided by total time start to finish, including stops. Typical would be what your computer says when you glance at it occasionally. The way you get a high average speed is to avoid averaging in zeroes, which is to say, don't stop. I read here in BF that some computers can be set to stop counting time when you stop riding. That's not really average but it looks good because it reads higher.

I like to stop for lunch. I averaged 17+ mph on one ride of about 45 miles (IIRC) this summer. I got lucky, had no traffic delays, felt good. My average is generally more like 12 to 14. My "typical" speed depends on the wind and terrain. On a road that seems flat or would seem flat to a motorist I'll run 14 to 18 depending on the wind. With no wind I'd guess 16 to 17 unless I'm taking it easier.

My chainrings are always bigger toward the end of a ride than at the beginning. Or my cogs are smaller, I'm not sure which.
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Old 10-31-10, 09:29 AM
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You got me. As a roadie apparently any number I use will be suspect.
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Old 10-31-10, 09:34 AM
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Tell you what ups your cadence. Today's ride. Rain clouds started showing up about 70 minutes out; and I felt a need to rush home before the droplets turned to a gusher.. Luckily it was a flat return home and I averaged about 22 mph for about 20 minutes in spite of headwinds. The clouds opened up just as I was in eye sight of home.
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Old 10-31-10, 09:45 AM
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Even better is when a lightning storm hits a few miles from home. Or when you meet up with a friend commuting from home and have to take shelter due to a different lightning storm. Then take off again and hear a bolt hit the power line you are riding near a mile away. My friend was shocked from his shifter.
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Old 10-31-10, 03:13 PM
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^.. Those clouds to the north were looking pretty threatening. When, Out in the country, there's not much open on Sundays.. About my only refuge would have been a bar . Could have waited it out with a Heineken.
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Old 10-31-10, 03:38 PM
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On my commute its about 10 with headwind, 12-14 with no wind, 15-18 with favorable wind (more if I really push but I dont care about going super fast).
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Old 11-01-10, 07:34 PM
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flat ride no hurry 18.
on a bike trail with friends 13.
Actually giving it some 25
off road id say 9
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Originally Posted by velocipede2288 View Post
I ride at an average of 12 miles an hour. 16 on the flat, down to 5 on steep hills. But that average is fast enough to have taken me all over this country touring. Averaging 70 miles a day.
I'm looking seriously at taking up touring. But the long hills have me concerned. I have an idea: Why don't we all write our senators and congressmen, asking them to pass a law that all winds must be tail winds pushing us UP hills!
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Old 11-02-10, 01:10 AM
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I've been riding my MTB again now for almost three months, pretty much on a hilly street loop around my neighborhood that gets me 15 miles in two laps. My average for this route is up to about 14mph, but like everyone else here my "usual" speed is all over the place: 40-50mph down one hill, 5-7mph up the next one, 11-16 on a slight incline depending on tail or headwind.

If I was on flat road with no head wind and pedaling casual, I'm guessing I'd probably do 12-13mph.

I'll be covering the speedometer soon: It's starting to kill my enjoyment, especially since all I look at now is AVG SPD and MAX SPD.
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Old 11-02-10, 01:49 PM
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Southpaws, 40-50 mph down hill on a bike, any bike? God bless, you got guts.
Any of my bikes would probably rattle and shake to pieces at that speed!
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Old 11-02-10, 02:19 PM
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Southpaws, 40-50 mph down hill on a bike, any bike? God bless, you got guts.
Any of my bikes would probably rattle and shake to pieces at that speed!
Thanks! You're kind to call it "guts".

I've made that downhill run 86 times now so I don't even think about it. My bike actually feels pretty solid going downhill (it's a 6 year old GF Hoo Koo E Koo MTB). I've worn the knobs on the tires down far enough that they don't sound much like a hornet's nest anymore, so it's a pretty smooth ride, and easy to control.

Usually I hit up in the high 40's, and hit 50 once and I had to stop at the red light at the bottom of the hill. Today I only hit 40 with a serious headwind - doesn't sound like it but I was extra cautious on that one.
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Old 11-02-10, 02:32 PM
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On flat roads with no wind, I find 25 km/h (15.5 mph) to be a very comfortable speed.
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On my Schwinn Typhoon 2-speed, I like to ride fast enough to make the tires sing but slow enough that wind noise doesn't drown it out. That's a very narrow band and I'd guess about 9 mph.

On my commuter (3-speed Schwinn Continental with very upright seating) I probably cruise around 13 mph.

On my RANS V-Rex if I'm neither loafing nor pushing it's around 17 mph.

On my unicycle (24 inch), somewhat faster than a walking pace but not quite a run.
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Originally Posted by velocipede2288 View Post
I ride at an average of 12 miles an hour. 16 on the flat, down to 5 on steep hills. But that average is fast enough to have taken me all over this country touring. Averaging 70 miles a day.
I'm doing that on my mtn bike with Schwalbe Marathon Plus (26x1.5) tires. I guess that's a 'professional' speed? How much total weight would you have on board?
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On my flat commute my speed between stops/turns is always between 22-26mph varied by light winds. Strong winds will take me out of this range.

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Ehhhh, around 15 mph is about where I clock in at.
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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.
I don't have a speedometer. Haven't had one in years.

For general commuting type trips I usually ride at a pretty brisk pace that isn't much different from a ride where I'm out for exercise. Other times I'm in the mood to just take it easy and poke around at a slower pace. When that's what I'm after I tend to take the multi-use path instead of the road. Either way the major effort is always the steep hill I live near the top of. Depending on my route every trip ends with between 275 and 400 feet of climbing over .75 to 1.5 miles. You can take it slow, but it's never easy.
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Old 11-04-10, 10:25 AM
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6
inches, centimeters, kilometers, miles - you pick the unit.
My speed is 6.
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Old 11-04-10, 10:27 AM
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my average is between 15-20km/h
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I maintain about 12-16kph going up hills and around 25kph on flats. I try to stay around 40-45kph on downhills, unless the speed limit is slower than that naturally. My average according to my bike computer is 12kph, though it has 2 years of data (from when I was much slower) and nearly 200km of just walking my bike around (#$@% glass).
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I go uphill in kph and down in mph. My speed is more consistent that way.
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