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Old 11-26-10, 09:34 PM
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When I look down at my Garmin, it's either saying in the 18-24mph range, or 6-10mph range, depending on uphill or flat/down.

That said, almost all of my rides end with a total avg of 14-15
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Old 11-28-10, 10:07 AM
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Whatever happened to a known distance, point A to point B divided by actual time? All stops and slow downs have to be figured in for an accurate accounting.
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Old 11-28-10, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by bobn View Post
Whatever happened to a known distance, point A to point B divided by actual time? All stops and slow downs have to be figured in for an accurate accounting.
The OP wasn't asking for "average" speed.
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Old 11-28-10, 10:39 AM
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On flat with no wind 18-21mph. On flat with head wind 14-17mph. Down hill anywhere from 25 to 50mph. Up hill 2-12% ave grade 3-17mph. All solo riding speed.
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Old 11-28-10, 11:15 AM
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You guys and gals are all reporting your speeds on road bikes on hard surfaces, right? And I assume most of you are younger with good legs?

I'm age 63 with a bad left knee, riding a really good mountain bike with Schwalbe touring tires (26x1.5). I think my speeds are about half of yours. Yet, I do tend to push myself except into headwinds or steep grades uphill. I think I do pretty well at 12-18 mph on the level, 25+ mph downhill, and 4-12 mph uphill or into a headwind. Dirt or gravel seems to slow me down a lot, vs. smooth concrete or asphalt. Mud or sand is a killer.
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Old 11-28-10, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by xizangstan View Post
You guys and gals are all reporting your speeds on road bikes on hard surfaces, right? And I assume most of you are younger with good legs?
The higher numbers, yes I'd guess they're mostly roadie bikes. Younger? Not necessarily. I'm 55 and on a recumbent. I know some pretty fast 65-year olds.
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Old 11-29-10, 12:01 PM
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I would say 30 to 35mph on the flats, 20mph uphill and 50 to 60mph downhill.

//flexes muscles

Really, my common speed on a road bike is close to 12-16mph. My aging nearsighted eyes prevent me from safely going much faster now days.
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Old 11-29-10, 01:00 PM
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Road bike 16 - 19 mph depending on wind etc.
Tandem 14 - 18 under same conditions.
MTB 9 - 16 offroad depending on hills and trail surface
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Old 11-29-10, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
The OP wasn't asking for "average" speed.
SocialCow's original post

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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.
says it all. OP was asking about 'average' speed.
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Originally Posted by SocialCow View Post
I'm asking about the looking down to your speedometer and how fast are you going right under normal conditions.
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says it all. OP was asking about 'average' speed.
No, OP was looking for typical "instantaneous" speeds. This is what some people call crusing speeds, or what some people mistakenly report as average speed.
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Old 11-29-10, 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
No, OP was looking for typical "instantaneous" speeds. This is what some people call crusing speeds, or what some people mistakenly report as average speed.
Crap! Misread it. Sorry

However, generally speaking, instantaneous speed is a pretty dumb measure of 'common' or normal speed. If I'm going uphill, my instantaneous speed is going to be much lower than if I'm going downhill. If I'm going downhill with a Front Range wind howling at my back, I'm going much, much faster than at any other time. Considering that a couple of weeks ago I was coasting at 25 mph up a hill with a 60 mph wind at my back, I could say that that was my 'cruising speed'.
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Old 11-29-10, 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
However, generally speaking, instantaneous speed is a pretty dumb measure of 'common' or normal speed. If I'm going uphill, my instantaneous speed is going to be much lower than if I'm going downhill. If I'm going downhill with a Front Range wind howling at my back, I'm going much, much faster than at any other time. Considering that a couple of weeks ago I was coasting at 25 mph up a hill with a 60 mph wind at my back, I could say that that was my 'cruising speed'.
I don't disagree, but at least it was different than the typical average speed thread. Anyway, I think I gave the best answer that is possible to give: the distribution of my time spent at all speeds over the entire year . rm-rf had a nifty graph that showed (IIRC) average grade at each speed, but it was only for a single ride.
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Old 11-29-10, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by SocialCow View Post
under normal conditions.
To me this means flat ground without effects of wind.
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Old 11-29-10, 08:03 PM
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To me this means flat ground without effects of wind.
Unless for some weird reason, "normal conditions" meant climbing a 16% grade. Then, my typical speed would be really, really slow!
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On a 100 miles ride with 1 cat2 climb and 5 cat5 climbs, my average speed is 16.8 mph-max speed is 43.6 mph. the completion time with breaks is 6.1 hours
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