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what's your average speed?

Postby Tomca74 » Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:03 pm

I'm no athlete and don't do any bunch rides, just my commute mainly. Done a forum search on average speeds and results are all over the place. So I'm wondering how bad is that or is it acceptable effort for work commutes.

I do 10-19km each way, depending on where I am working. Average speeds are around 24km/h on my commuter, 28km/h on my old steel road bike.
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby brett.hooker » Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:09 pm

25 to 28 for me...
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby outnabike » Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:31 pm

I reckon mine would not be more than 20 and that is optimistic. That is if I consider that I would have to do a fair bit at 30 to get that average.
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby nickobec » Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:16 am

depends on the commute, mine is 40km, with 32km of PSP with a single intersection, the 2km in the CBD does slow the average down quite a bit.

My speeds vary, top average in over 35kph on TT bike with tailwind. Average is probably close to 30kph and slowest (sans flats and major detours) 27kph.
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby westab » Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:18 am

This year 22.4 - just the commuting kms. I know that some times on the way home I do average over 40 as I have done the 9kms in 12 min. but this is very rare.

I much prefer the slow ride.
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby Grejoh » Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:25 am

Average for me on my commute to and from work (13km) is about 22km/h. I don't bust a gut. I ride to complete, not to compete. :-)
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby simonn » Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:45 am

Comparing the average speeds of different commuters on different routes is a bit of a waste of time and the conditions - hills, traffic lights/intersections, paths etc - are all different. My commute has ~400M to 500M (depends on where you get the data from) climbing each way over 23.5km to/24km return. Over summer there is a headwind in both directions most of the time. This year I have done it with average speeds of 19km/h after a 492km ride over the previous weekend (a DNFed 600km brevet :() to ~28km/h (I think I had fresh legs - not sure ;)). Most of the time it's ~23.5km/h on my CX and ~25km/h on my roadies.

It's partly why the smug look on a Cat 6/Commuter Grade racer when passing you is a little ridiculous too.
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby silentbutdeadly » Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:00 am

Tomca74 wrote:I do 10-19km each way, depending on where I am working. Average speeds are around 24km/h on my commuter, 28km/h on my old steel road bike.


perfectly acceptable...mainly because that's roughly what I manage :D (though the commuter gets to do some sneaky singletrack which might slow it down a bit)
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby rheicel » Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:13 am

20/22kph on my everyday commute of 11km
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby lobstermash » Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:23 am

On my roadie, 29-31 depending on the usual wind conditions. 25-28 on my steel SS. My commute is ~18km each way. That said, I don't carry much more than my phone, wallet and security pass, and occasionally some coffee supplies.
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby nezumi » Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:35 am

My route is 75% PSP and then 25% city streets, hitting every light on the way. -_-

I go ~18 kms each way, and I've been getting faster lately, currently hitting around 26Km/h for 40 minutes riding time.
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby Tomca74 » Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:45 pm

I don't bust my a$$ to get those rough averages, a few hills, 2 sets of lights. I am just glad I am not a slug :lol:
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby ceciwecil » Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:41 am

When I was commuting (4km both ways - I got sick of walking) my average was about 16-20km/h thanks to a steep hill (lots of fun on the way back), a couple of traffic lights and a couple of right hand turns.
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:45 pm

You guys give me the &*^#%$*^*@s

All the time and effort I put in and I can't match even one of your published averages. Damn, I can't even peak that high. :cry:
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby lobstermash » Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:04 pm

Here you go Colin, my six year old averages 9-10km/h on our 10-15km rides.
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby Mulger bill » Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:16 pm

ColinOldnCranky wrote:You guys give me the &*^#%$*^*@s

All the time and effort I put in and I can't match even one of your published averages. Damn, I can't even peak that high. :cry:

You need a dedicated commuter Col :D
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby Nobody » Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:21 pm

I've got a friend who sometimes will average 15Km/h on his rides. I remember we went from Rydalmere to Tempe station (bay to bay) and back which took about 4 hours once.
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby Robinho » Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:48 pm

I aim to do my 38km at an average of 30kmh, into the wind I'm normally around 27, wind behind me I'm up to 32. The route is about 90% psp and the average is taken from endomondo which I have set to auto pause when I'm stationary. I only started riding this year and at the start of the year I was at about 25kmh over 18kms so I've improved a lot, but I have done nearly 4000k's
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby schroeds » Sat Dec 21, 2013 10:13 am

I aim to get to work as Unsweaty as possible ;-)

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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby outnabike » Sat Dec 21, 2013 11:01 am

ColinOldnCranky wrote:You guys give me the &*^#%$*^*@s

All the time and effort I put in and I can't match even one of your published averages. Damn, I can't even peak that high. :cry:


Hi colin,
Are you seriously saying you cant get a geared unicycle? :)
I reckon that most don't attain the speeds they think they do...except maybe the commuters that can clock their rides.
Taking the wife along sure breaks down the averages, but I wouldn't have it an other way. :)
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sun Dec 22, 2013 12:38 am

outnabike wrote:
ColinOldnCranky wrote:You guys give me the &*^#%$*^*@s

All the time and effort I put in and I can't match even one of your published averages. Damn, I can't even peak that high. :cry:


Hi colin,
Are you seriously saying you cant get a geared unicycle? :)
I reckon that most don't attain the speeds they think they do...except maybe the commuters that can clock their rides.
Taking the wife along sure breaks down the averages, but I wouldn't have it an other way. :)

You can get a 1:1.5 gearing though most people who get them fitted don't stick with them for long. Even with the tenuous theoretical 50% extra, I'd be way slower than you lot anyway. Just gotta stay happy as I am. :D

Riding larger and larger gear inches really affect the nature of unicycling and, probably, the marginal benefit of an extra, say, 30% speed is hardly worth chasing.

The gearbox will also set you back a couple of grand. Ouch.
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby bychosis » Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:32 am

Just looked at my 2013 stats.
Overall avge: 23.1km/h (total commuting kms/total commuting hrs). That includes a few MTB rides on the way in that are slower due to terrain. Normal straight commute with normal effort is about 26-27km/h, fast commute is 29-30km/h. Going home is slower due to prevailing headwinds and increased uphill riding at 23-24km/h normal and 26-28km/h fast.

Glad I've got 2 wheels and gears :)
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby warthog1 » Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:49 pm

I'm impressed that this thread didn't degenerate into a pissing contest 8)
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sun Dec 22, 2013 2:38 pm

warthog1 wrote:I'm impressed that this thread didn't degenerate into a pissing contest 8)

Self-deprecation is a part of Auzzie tradition. Better to take myself down before someone else does.

Good to see it is not entirely lost in the generation of Facebook, Youtube and Strava.
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby moose85 » Sun Dec 22, 2013 2:47 pm

Averaging around 23-25kmh. I still question it every time I ride lol.

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