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How Fast Can You Ride Alone?

Old 01-18-12, 11:08 PM
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Originally Posted by richard4993
Within NYC I usually average somewhere around 12-13 mph because of the constant stopping and going. Outside of the city I'll usually average about 16 or so on my hybrid. Once i finally buy my road bike I think I'll be a little faster than that.
You will definitely go faster...and you're gonna love it!
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20-22mph for 4hr base (moderate) pace rides

i'm a cat3. like top quartile.
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Well I ride solo all the time unless in an event. My average speed for the 20-40 mile range is around 18.5-19.5 mph. Now if keep up with the water and nutrition on a ride and can keep concentrated enough I can and have maintained a little over 20 mph for these distance. I just find it hard for m to stay concentrated enough alone for those distances to maintain that 20 mph pace. Oh and I ride at around 5000 ft above sea level so maybe the less denser air helps me. My weight ranges from 160-170. The speeds have been maintained on 3 different road bikes last year. It's winter time now and my averaged speed has now dropped to a little over 17 mph for this years rides. Typical for winter rides.
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Old 01-18-12, 11:22 PM
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Originally Posted by badhat
20-22mph for 4hr base (moderate) pace rides

i'm a cat3. like top quartile.
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Old 01-18-12, 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by wkg
i forgot about the dog.

i can only hope that one day i can put out more watts than that dog. which is unlikely. that beast has an FTP of like 500w
Clearly I'm missing a great story. Someone please clue me in.
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I can ride as fast downhill as Lance rides uphill!
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Originally Posted by volantis
Clearly I'm missing a great story. Someone please clue me in.
the dude with the mountain bike and aero helmet has a dog that puts out more watts than cav.
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18-19mph over rolling terrain. That would be with about 1500' climbing over the 30-40 miles and a steady but not flat out effort. I would consider myself as a bit better than average cyclist. Plenty of people are faster but more are slower.
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Originally Posted by wkg
the dude with the mountain bike and aero helmet has a dog that puts out more watts than cav.
the only thing faster than his dog is he himself
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Old 01-18-12, 11:51 PM
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On my standard 40 mile loop I average around 19-22 mph. That ride is mostly flat, and has a small section of rollers. My other 40 mile ride has a climb, and then another smaller climb, so the average on that one is more like 13-15mph...

I can't climb to save my soul.
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Originally Posted by androidtt
Dude rested for almost 16 minutes on a 70 mile ride. I think he should HTFU...
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Old 01-19-12, 12:22 AM
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I seem to go a lot faster in TTs then I do nonracing, almost definitely because I count all stoplights and other stops in my final time total on my rides.

My typical 40k TT in the middle of a triathlon is 22.8-23.2mph depending on how the conditions are. This is on a TT bike, so take off 0.5-1mph for a road bike.

On the same bikes, I'm lucky to average 18mph while hammering at not quite race pace on roads with stoplights, and it drops to 14mph if there's over 2500+ feet of climbing.
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Pootling over 100 miles with 20 pounds of gear on my folder... was a hot and hilly route and I slowed down to enjoy the scenery in many places. This was also the end of an 800 km week.



My mom's place is 90 km from me and I usually expect it to be a 3 hour trip when I am carrying a weekend's worth of gear and my laptop on the touring bike.

The commute to the frame shop is 50 km and can usually knock that off in 2 hours or less depending on what I am packing with me... often ride my folder but I get nearly the same times on my touring bike. It is an hour and a half ride on the road bike on a good day and it is 25km up and 25km down.

100km rides used to be a sub 3 hour adventure with a few friends.
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Based on my Garmin Connect logs, for moderate length rides, I average between 15.5 and 17.5 mph. Terrain is not "flat" around here, but most roads and grades are less than 2% for most of the route. The bigger factor is the wind, which can be brutal at times. I'm 60 and weigh 205 pounds. Those speed numbers are for Average Moving Speeds. I stop for signals and at least slow down pretty slow for stop signs, especially when there are cars around.
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Originally Posted by volantis
I'm relatively new to cycling and don't really know where I stand. I'm curious how fast you ride alone. Here's some parameters:

1. Average speed over 30-40 miles
2. Riding alone
3. Riding in road configuration...not a time trial setup or anything
4. Not the fastest time you've ever done...more like the 75th percentile speed over this distance
5. Relatively flat ground

If you'd also include your weight it would be helpful.

I'm not a racer and I'm not trying to stir up anything, just curious what kind of numbers different types of people have. Nothing is too fast or too slow. Thought it might be interesting.


1. 14.2mph over 25 miles.
2. Check.
3. Check.
4. This is what you might call tempo (75-90% FTP) riding.
5. Relatively flat is relative.

I weighed 65.3kg that day.

I don't race either; I just like riding.
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Old 01-19-12, 12:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
Pootling over 100 miles with 20 pounds of gear on my folder... was a hot and hilly route and I slowed down to enjoy the scenery in many places. This was also the end of an 800 km week.



My mom's place is 90 km from me and I usually expect it to be a 3 hour trip when I am carrying a weekend's worth of gear and my laptop on the touring bike.

The commute to the frame shop is 50 km and can usually knock that off in 2 hours or less depending on what I am packing with me... often ride my folder but I get nearly the same times on my touring bike. It is an hour and a half ride on the road bike on a good day and it is 25km up and 25km down.

100km rides used to be a sub 3 hour adventure with a few friends.
I hit the curb at 140-145 during the peak of the season and pack on a little extra insulation during the winter as I ride less although still ride on a near daily basis.
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Hmmm… I don’t take the GPS on every ride. This is one I just grabbed that was in your specified distance range. Since this one starts from my house, I’m guessing I’m alone and this is about as flat as a ride that long gets in my area. The max heart rate wasn’t really 195, there is a point in the area I passed through where there is some kind of RF interference that causes the HR reading to spike. I’m 6’0” and weigh 165-170 most of the time.
https://connect.garmin.com/activity/86746054
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Originally Posted by alexfboyle
On my standard 40 mile loop I average around 19-22.
Then your average would be 20.5.....
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
I hit the curb at 140-145 ....
That means I hit the curb in 6th grade......145!!
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Haha
Stick to the facts please, guys. My dog does about 19-20 mph and that's what I said and that's still how it is.
My dog's VO²max is 3 times higher than yours is ... live with it.
You may find my picture funny, but that says more about you than it does about me ... I uploaded it anyway and will again because I don't care what you judgemental roadbike-elitist-types think. I had great fun that day

About the OP's question:
My numbers are not extreme compared to what others have posted ... I ride anywhere between 18 and 21 mph over those distances ... on my hybrid from the picture but with the handlebar higher and without the TT helmet.
On my TT bike about 1.5 mph is added to those numbers.

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Old 01-19-12, 02:52 AM
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Originally Posted by wkg
the dude with the mountain bike and aero helmet has a dog that puts out more watts than cav.
If you express that as W/kg ... then it's correct.

(it's not a mountain bike btw)

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Originally Posted by volantis
Clearly I'm missing a great story. Someone please clue me in.
The story goes like this:

I said that I ride with my dog sometimes and that we can keep a pace of about 19-20 mph over about 5 miles.
I didn't say that's on rolling and sometimes semi-rough terrain but that's how it is.
For some reason the person called "wkg", although obviously devoid of any knowledge whatsoever on the topic, claimed that this was completely impossible and that I was making this stuff up.
The fact that my dog is half sled-dog and the fact that sled-dogs have by far the highest VO²max of any animal apparently escaped him because that 20 mph is definately not my dog's top speed but more a sort of fast cruising speed ... he can take little sprints in between that are way faster whenever he spots a rabbit or the likes.
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I believe https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ight-and-speed is the thread in question.
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Originally Posted by AdelaaR
The story goes like this:

I said that I ride with my dog sometimes and that we can keep a pace of about 19-20 mph over about 5 miles.
I didn't say that's on rolling and sometimes semi-rough terrain but that's how it is.
For some reason the person called "wkg", although obviously devoid of any knowledge whatsoever on the topic, claimed that this was completely impossible and that I was making this stuff up.
The fact that my dog is half sled-dog and the fact that sled-dogs have by far the highest VO²max of any animal apparently escaped him because that 20 mph is definately not my dog's top speed but more a sort of fast cruising speed ... he can take little sprints in between that are way faster whenever he spots a rabbit or the likes.
People should stop giving you crap about your dog as what you are saying is clearly possible (have owned a Samoyed in the past).

Flat bars and a TT helmet is still funny, though...
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