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How Fast Can You Ride Alone?

Old 01-19-12, 03:13 AM
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Originally Posted by WHOOOSSHHH...
That means I hit the curb in 6th grade......145!!
I bet it ticks you off when the whippets pass you on climbs like you were parked.



I have lost a fair bit when it comes to climbing due to injuries (one leg does not work right) and that used to be my strength... I rarely waste anyone on a climb these days but can still manage a pretty decent pace on the flats and over our rolling countryside where you always seem to be riding in or out of some valley or glacial formation.
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Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina
Flat bars and a TT helmet is still funny, though...
I agree that to the general populace that would seem funny.

Flatbars have less aero drag than dropbars.
You should consider that my hybrid ... with it's flatbar, barends and aerobar ... has almost the same handlebar setup as my TT bike ... although far less agressive and far more comfortable and more in control for offroad.

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My best average in the first 37 mile leg of my favorite solo century was 16 mph. I might be able to push harder if that was the end of the line.
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I averaged 18.2mph for my first century ride in November. Wasn't flat at all and lots of uphills/downhills.
I could probably average 20mph by myself for 30 miles. Would be so bloody boring though haha
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I average about 17 mph for those distances by myself. I'm 60, 6'2", 195, and run about 6cm seat-bar drop, so I've got a good bit of wind resistance. I'm popular in a paceline, though.
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Originally Posted by AdelaaR
I agree that to the general populace that would seem funny.

Flatbars have less aero drag than dropbars.
You should consider that my hybrid ... with it's flatbar, barends and aerobar ... has almost the same handlebar setup as my TT bike ... although far less agressive and far more comfortable and more in control for offroad.
I can't imagine you have the same body position which is where most of the drag comes from.

It just looks...odd.
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Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina
It just looks...odd.
I know. I like my bike to complement me in that regard
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Old 01-19-12, 06:58 AM
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Originally Posted by AdelaaR
I know. I like my bike to complement me in that regard
Then you have exceeded your expectations.
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I`ve been riding almost a year now and on a 30 mile ride solo I average about 14 to 16mph on the flats. I weigh about 155. I`m hoping to pick up my speed this year some. When I`m in a moderate group ride of about 50 miles or so my speed is quicker around 18 -20mph average because everyone seems to be in a hammerfest the last twenty miles or so,lol.

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Old 01-19-12, 07:21 AM
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I can usually avg around 15-16mph for a 30+ mile ride. And as for my weight, that's a little personal isn't it?

But if you must know, I weigh 205lbs. That's down from 255.
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I've done 16mph on a century ride w/4400' climbing -- was out ahead of everyone so no drafting. But that's definitely above the 75th percentile mark of my performance. This was two years ago, and I doublt I'll ever quite get there again.

My 40 mile ride avg is 15, maybe 14 on a bad/out of shape/ hilly/ 25 degree day, 17-18 on a good one, even w/ some hills.

I have done the 17 miles into work on an extracycle in 58 minutes the return trip in the afternoon is usually like 15mph avg.

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Originally Posted by volantis
I'm curious how fast you ride alone. Here's some parameters:
As fast as I feel like. I don't really keep track of "parameters."



I'm no racer, and a lot of my rides are in traffic. I generally average about 13 on any given ride. Occasionally when I'm in a hurry I think I've gotten up to 18 mph a few times (including times stopped for traffic). Unlike many cyclists, I don't have a computer, so this is simply a case of figuring out that I rode, say, 6 miles in 20 minutes.
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Originally Posted by AdelaaR
I agree that to the general populace that would seem funny.

Flatbars have less aero drag than dropbars.
You should consider that my hybrid ... with it's flatbar, barends and aerobar ... has almost the same handlebar setup as my TT bike ... although far less agressive and far more comfortable and more in control for offroad.
I thought that was just some random picture off the net. So it IS real. Nice! Definitely different.
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I just happened to do this ride yesterday:

https://connect.garmin.com/activity/142746094 (38miles 19.4avg)

I meet all given parameters(I live in South FL. I have no choice but to ride on flat terrain) and I weigh 190lbs.
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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 VO˛max 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.
look

i believe that your dog can run 20 mph
i read a wikipedia page about sled dogs so now i'm an expert and pretty much a fully experienced trainer
it's still funny though

i love your dog
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Typically 17 to 19.5. Chicago area roads with traffic and stops. A lot depends on the wind and how many waffles I've eaten.
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Originally Posted by AdelaaR
I agree that to the general populace that would seem funny.

Flatbars have less aero drag than dropbars.
You should consider that my hybrid ... with it's flatbar, barends and aerobar ... has almost the same handlebar setup as my TT bike ... although far less agressive and far more comfortable and more in control for offroad.
it depends on the placement of the bars for real world application. also, certain body positions may be aero, but be physically inefficient and generate weaker efforts from the rider.
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Endurance ride (69-75% FTP) 60 miles at 17.5mph avg. I would guess somewhere in 18-19mph (tempo) for 30 miles if I must...
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All depends what kind of mood I am in.
Last two rides were 20 mph average over 20 miles with 1500 feet of climbing and 20+ mph winds and 50 degree temps.
Did a fundraising century 2 years ago for fun and pulled the first 75 miles at a 23.? mph pace before dropping the rest of the group.
Have done some rides where I'll pull mile after mile at 27+ mph
All depends on mood and terrain I don't have a true average pace even when riding solo, but if I were to take a guess it is 20-22 with close to 100 feet of climbing per mile.
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Originally Posted by AdelaaR
I know. I like my bike to complement me in that regard
Can you post a pic of your dog? Just curious.

Yeah, this is off topic, but hey it's BF...
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Originally Posted by laserfj
Can you post a pic of your dog? Just curious.

Yeah, this is off topic, but hey it's BF...
He posted this earlier...
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Last long solo ride I did: 62 miles @ 15.7mph +/- 3000 ft. It was ~34F and dark when I left and I got a rear flat 28 miles in I was tiiiiired on the return part and I only carry a crappy pump so I'm guessing my tire pressure was a bit low. I hope to crack 16mph some time.

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All depends on mood and terrain I don't have a true average pace even when riding solo, but if I were to take a guess it is 20-22 with close to 100 feet of climbing per mile.
Dang, sounds pretty crazy. My commuting terrain is typically a little under 100 ft/mi and I most days I average 14-17mph.

I'm ~140lbs
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Originally Posted by thinktubes
A lot depends on the wind and how many waffles I've eaten.
This. Add to that the concept of belgian fries with mayonaise. (nobody in belgium ever actually eats belgian waffles that's only for tourists and the occasional old-people party)
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I have been riding since last April, and best average is about 15.5 mph on the flats, but i do anywhere from 35-84 miles rides. Im 24 and 135lb, i still have alot of time to improve.
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I average around 25km/h, but there is nothing as "flat" here. I live in "a hole", the only way to get out is by climbing a mountain... The longest run I can do on flats is like 20kms, and I average 27-28km/h

I'm 24, ~130lbs.

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