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Avg. Cycling speed

Old 12-03-08, 02:25 PM
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Avg. Cycling speed

Was curious as to whats the average speed of riding a fixed gear? I dont want to be the one hit by a car going 15mph on the road lol
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Old 12-03-08, 02:42 PM
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I'd rather be hit by a car going 15 mph than a car travelling at 50+ mph.
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Old 12-03-08, 02:44 PM
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15 mph is a pretty good speed. I've never actually figured out my speed on my fixed gear, but i am usually going as fast as cars go in urban stop and go traffic, whatever speed that is.
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Old 12-03-08, 02:47 PM
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Speedometer, ten dollars.
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A million.... no, maybe even a THOUSAND miles an hour.
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Old 12-03-08, 02:50 PM
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omgz really?!
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Old 12-03-08, 05:40 PM
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A million.... no, maybe even a THOUSAND miles an hour.
This.
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Old 12-03-08, 05:49 PM
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Today the average speed of riding a fixed gear was 20.6mph.
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Old 12-03-08, 06:27 PM
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seconded- around 20-21mph... 23ish with clipless though.

keep in mind gear ratios will determine a lot of this... i'm 45 16.
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Old 12-03-08, 06:33 PM
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25mph is good. Its 1/4th of 100. 20 is good if you are into 1/5ths.
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Old 12-03-08, 06:43 PM
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20 avg.
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Riding to school including being stopped at intersections/street clothes & backpack full of things 15-18 mph. I used a GPS system to figure out my top speed. I'm sure I can go faster but once you get to like 26-28 its hard for me to stay in the saddle without getting bounced all around. My gearings great all around especially when it comes to hills so I doubt I'll change it.
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Old 12-03-08, 07:56 PM
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Riding to school including being stopped at intersections/street clothes & backpack full of things 15-18 mph. I used a GPS system to figure out my top speed. I'm sure I can go faster but once you get to like 26-28 its hard for me to stay in the saddle without getting bounced all around. My gearings great all around especially when it comes to hills so I doubt I'll change it.
You probably want to check your fit on your bike, this shouldn't be the case! You should be able to spin all day long and stay put if your fit is properly set up. I'd check your seatpost height and fore and aft saddle position. Most of the time people just ride the bike where feels "comfortable" but really if you tweak stuff just a bit not only can comfort increase but your performance will too.
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On flats I can comfortably cruise at 18-20mph
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Originally Posted by Live2Die View Post
You probably want to check your fit on your bike...
i'd wager this is far more related to cadence and pedal stroke than it is fit. that kind of speed is easily 120-150rpm, depending on gearing. sure...keirin racers sleep at these rpms, but your average joe hipster doesn't and will damn sure bounce without some practice.

i suggest one of the following:

higher gear (slow down the pedal rpm and still go fast, climbs hurt more)
slow down (lower the rpm, change nothing else)
more time at speed in your current gear (best yet...learn to spin smoothly)

i ride thousands of miles a year fixed in rolling hills. 26-28mph isn't a big deal in the right gear (mine is ~78"). i can manage 170-180 rpm at the pedals (~40mph) for short bursts.

but then again, my bike fits.
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I certainly agree that super high cadence for a new rider can cause bounce, however if you are bouncing from your own power (ie not down a hill) I'd say it is almost certainly a fit issue. If nothing else if it's always a good thing to examine fit and stroke when abnormalities such as bouncing occurDefinitely cadence needs to be developed and as you stated holding a 115 cadence is average for me and bursts of around 170 are about my max for short bursts and I'm running 79"
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African or European fixed gear?
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88mph
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dh, do you ever see some serious *****?
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88mph
did you go back to the future?
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Originally Posted by HasteTheMoment View Post
Was curious as to whats the average speed of riding a fixed gear?
Uh, context?

Commuting thru urban traffic with lots of lights? Leisure ride to meet up with some friends? Hilly workout ride? An hour on the velodrome? Group ride with a pack of roadies sitting in the draft?

Too many variables for a single easy answer.
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Old 12-04-08, 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Live2Die View Post
You probably want to check your fit on your bike, this shouldn't be the case! You should be able to spin all day long and stay put if your fit is properly set up. I'd check your seatpost height and fore and aft saddle position. Most of the time people just ride the bike where feels "comfortable" but really if you tweak stuff just a bit not only can comfort increase but your performance will too.
Thats something I really should consider. I'm new to cycling in general. I've only had my bike for about 3 months and I ride a lot, but I'm not sure if this is an issue of me not being able to handle high cadences yet or my fit. I bounce regardless of flat or hills, just when I'm going flat out. It may be a bit of both fit and my inexperience, but I feel like I've deff gotten a lot stronger in three months, I don't really go on leisurely rides much, I usually try to ride as fast as I can. But regardless; does anyone have any fit suggestions. I'm 6ft and ride a 57cm will adjusting my saddle height help at all?
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Old 12-04-08, 03:12 PM
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oh and gearing I believe is.... 48 15.. according to the internet, I don't know off hand, but I'm pretty sure thats accurate.
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... not 55. i cant drive 55
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Originally Posted by JackD View Post
African or European fixed gear?
Stop. Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see.

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