Beating the system - the cycling commuting section
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.
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.
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.
Not fast, no style, but still get there.
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.
perfectly acceptable...mainly because that's roughly what I manage (though the commuter gets to do some sneaky singletrack which might slow it down a bit)
Ours is not to reason why...merely to point and giggle
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.
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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You need a dedicated commuter Col
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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
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.
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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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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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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