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Old 03-27-17, 08:41 PM
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Touring Stats

I have yet to do any kind of touring, but am hoping to start doing weekend trips and eventually would love to do the Blue Ridge. But as I've been getting some miles under me, I've wondered how many of you that do your often fair on your quests. So, what are:

- your longest tour distance
- avg daily miles
- avg speed
- avg pack weight

Just thought it would be interesting to see some stats.
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Straight from my blog post recapping our 6-month trip in Europe:

Total days traveled: 154
Total miles cycled: 5,543
Average miles cycled per day: 36
Most miles ridden in one day: 79
Total nights camped: 106
Total dollars spent on our trip (including airfare for 4 one-way flights and 25 ferries): 9,446
Average dollars spent per day: 61
Total punctures: 0

Our average speed including photo, snack, and rest breaks was around 8 mph / 13 kph. That's the number I used to estimate how long it would take us to reach a destination.

My pack weight including panniers and handlebar bag was around 28 lb at the start of the trip. I sent home about 2 lb of stuff, mainly unnecessary clothes, about three weeks into the trip. My wife's pack weight was about 21 lb.
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I can count off countries visited.
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Originally Posted by niknak
Straight from my blog post recapping our 6-month trip
Great info. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by rickyk76
I have yet to do any kind of touring, but am hoping to start doing weekend trips and eventually would love to do the Blue Ridge. But as I've been getting some miles under me, I've wondered how many of you that do your often fair on your quests. So, what are:



Just thought it would be interesting to see some stats.
How about the next start date?

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Meant in a positive tone, .

Early May for me, moved forward from Mid June.



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Longest tour: 45 days
Longest day: 120 miles (Average: 75 miles)
Average speed: 10-14 mph
Packed weight: ~15lbs summer, 22lbs winter.
Money spent per day: ~$10-15
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longest tour: 18 months ~20,000 km
longest day: 225 km (tailwind across nullabor!)
expedition pack weight (bike+gear): 135 pounds, with water 175 pounds

most recent rides:

longest tour: 60 days
longest day: 175 km
average day: 85-100 km
average speed: ~12-16 kmh
pack weight: 12.5 kg (no tent, no cooking, no winter)
daily expenses: $25 (food + hotel. excludes transport + visas)
total nights camping: 0
rest days: 2 days / week
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Longest (and first) trip was about 6,000 miles including puttering around towns for things like groceries and seeing what there was to see. Longest day was during that trip: About 130 miles. Needed to make up time lost having to motel it during a hurricane.


Only once did I weigh anything. Put the bike on a truck weigh scale during my first tour. Total weight was 90 lbs. Pretty heavy considering the bike was a relatively light Cannondale T 700.


Average speed varies wildly with terrain, road surface (e.g., paved vs. unpaved), wind and general weather. Average mileage depends on intent (e.g., some days are purposefully short for one reason or another) and availability of services.

I did this last year in 10 day days of riding with one intended off day where I ended up doing another 24 miles out and back from camp:


https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14890942


Longest day was about 82. Shortest day was about 34 miles intentionally so I could hang out in a National Forest. Another 34 mile day featured about 23 miles of very rough, hilly, dirt road, so it was harder and took longer than it might look on paper.


This is scheduled for this June during 12 days of riding with one off day:


https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19192705


Ultimately, though, what you can/want to accomplish depends on your own abilities and desires.
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Longest tour: 21 days
Distance: 2450km to destination
Longest day: 214km (132km/day average)
Pack weight: Approx. 60lbs + bike
Daily cost: Average out to Approx., $45/day.(Canadian)

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- your longest tour distance 3900 miles
- avg daily miles 60 miles
- avg speed 11 miles per hour
- avg pack weight 25 lbs
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ahhh a show off thread ;()) what about showing where you have been, people you met ... and so on.
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2012:
2700 miles, average 110-115 miles per day, 40 pounds of gear in a backpack.

2013:
Forced shortern trip, 1700 miles, 110-115 miles per day, 40 pounds in a backpack.

2014:
5400 miles, average 110-115, 40 pounds in the backpack, on 200 mile day

2015:
8400 miles, average 125 miles, 30 pounds in rack and kitty liter buckets, biggest day 227 miles, ,8 or days over 150. All states east of the Rockies and 20 state capitals.

Average speed is typically 15-16 mph.

Not your typical bike tourist, hence why I call what I do bike tripping, not bike touring.

In the future,up the miles per day quite a bit, probably closer to 200 or more a day and just ride. Lighten the load down to low to mid 20s and be much better organized so I don't waste time planning the trip while on it and instead I can spend my time out there doing what I went out there to do...ride.
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Longest tour 42 days, although I had a week off midway as I got sick in Vietnam through not looking after my health and underestimating what was required to do that.
Best average daily miles was whatever 180k equates to, that was a 28 day tour from Maine to Texas, possibly the best tour I've been on, seriously i can understand why many citizens of the US don't feel the need to travel.

pack weight is about 22lb these days, varies from winter to summer naturally.

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I'll admit to still being a noob, if for no other reason than to encourage others to go out and do it, not to worry that you aren't as grandiose as the veterans!

- your longest tour distance: ~250 miles, over 5 days of actual cycling
- avg daily miles: ~45 miles, although one was closer to 60 and one closer to 30
- avg speed: ~9.5MPH, incusive of short breaks but exclusive of long touristy stops/meals
- avg pack weight: started at about 18#, according to the airline scales, increased as tasty Belgian beers were accumulated en route! Credit card touring, with too many clothes packed mostly.

I look forward to the day I can do more than a week and the bookending weekends, like many here. Until then, its just short or weeklong excursions.
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Longest tour distance = 28,442km (17,673 miles) over 365 days in 2001
Average daily miles = 78km (48 miles)
Average speed = ? but budgeting ~10 miles/hour including all my stops during the day
Average pack weight = bike+gear was ~45kg or 100 pounds
Trip URL = Home Page

Since 2001, I've slowed down a bit. Following are stats for my current trip underway, started summer solstice June 2016
Tour distance = 14,884km (9,248 miles) so far, over 9 months (280 days total, 206 cycling days)
Average daily miles = 53km (33 miles)
Average speed = ? but closer to ~7-8 miles/hour including all my stops during the day
Average pack weight = ? but similar to above
Trip URL = Home - A bicycle ride across the Americas
Planned distance remaining across South America (10,000+ km) until summer solstice in December 2017
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Originally Posted by str
ahhh a show off thread ;()) what about showing where you have been, people you met ... and so on.
Not interested, stats are my life
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Originally Posted by rickyk76
I have yet to do any kind of touring, but am hoping to start doing weekend trips and eventually would love to do the Blue Ridge. But as I've been getting some miles under me, I've wondered how many of you that do your often fair on your quests. So, what are:

- your longest tour distance
- avg daily miles
- avg speed
- avg pack weight

Just thought it would be interesting to see some stats.
My longest tour distance ... well, um, I covered over 5000 km on a 3-month cycling tour of Australia in 2004, and then Rowan and I did a whole bunch of km on an 8-month round the world tour in 2012.

Avg daily kilometres ... varies widely from nothing, on a day off, to 400+ km during a 1200 km randonnee that I might decide to participate in mid-tour.

Average speed ... varies, but relatively slow.

Average pack weight ... I try to keep the weight of my bicycle and all my gear under half my body weight.
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Originally Posted by rickyk76
I have yet to do any kind of touring, but am hoping to start doing weekend trips ....
Here you go ...
https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/10...ort-tours.html
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Longest day: 24 hours
Longest week: 7 days
Average: 142
Shortest day: 24 hours

First, I'm not a stats guy, and second, never compete in a pissing match you have no hope of winning.
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Originally Posted by str
ahhh a show off thread
Wasn't looking for a show-off thread. Was just curious about other people's tours and what the pace and your looks like.

Originally Posted by alan s
First, I'm not a stats guy, and second, never compete in a pissing match you have no hope of winning.
No pissing match. There's no winner. If everyone's enjoying what they're doing, everyone wins, right? 50 miles or 5,000 miles, riding means it's a great day.
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Originally Posted by Machka
I'm working up to it. I travel 100% of the time for work and haven't been riding much due to limited time at home and spending time with my daughters. I've made a commitment this year to put at least 500 miles on the bike(s), more if possible. I didn't put any on last year. I'll definitely check out that thread. Thanks.
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Longest and more or less average tours have been around 2500 Km.
Average speed and distance are pretty meaningless stats for me.
A better stat for me is time in the saddle, which varies between 5 and 8 hour most days. That’s not the same as time on the road, which is why average speed and distance don’t mean much to me.


I leave home with around 25 lbs (11-12 Kg) of “gear” but on a remote section where I’m hauling lots of water and food that could double. Of course one eats and drinks through the extra weight but somehow I always seem to load up just before a long climb and coast down hill with a nearly empty pantry.
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  • Longest tour: 73 days, 4244 miles (TA)
  • Longest day: 142 miles
  • Average day: 50-80 miles depending on the route (including all days).
  • Average speed: Hard to answer since it varies a lot with terrain. There have been days where I averaged less than 10 mph and ones where I averaged 18-20 mph while on the bike.
  • Pack weight: First tour 50+ pounds, tapering to 14 pounds in subsequent tours over the years. That is all for cooking and camping type tours.
  • Daily expenses: Varies with the trip, but $15 per day on tours without many motel stays has been common. Even when I do a trip with more motel stays I still keep it fairly low budget.
  • Total nights camping: Varies from all nights to most nights depending on the tour.
  • Rest days: Usually none, but I have made exceptions when there was something fun or interesting I wanted to do. For example I took a week off to hike and sightsee in Yosemite once. I have taken a day at an especially nice beach once. I have also taken a couple consecutive days in a motel room once, sleeping all day, to recover when I was sick. Those events are fairly rare and I am actually way more likely to take a short or half day now and then rather than take a full day off.
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