worzel wrote:I started commuting from near Joondalup to Perth (32km each way) two days per week at the end of November having hardly ridden a bike for 30 years. In that time I have increased my average moving speed from about 20 to 25kph (and rode about 1000km / lost 7kg) depending on wind direction/speed. According to Map My Ride I have some 5km segments around the 30kph mark midway but it is the Joondalup end of the route which hurts my average. I have a 2km climb to the freeway PSP in the morning which I treat gently as a warm up and there is a series of long climbs from Whitfords to Moore Drive on the way back gaining something like 40m altitude.
I am really happy with those speeds on my commuter bike for a fat bloke of 44. The main improvement I have noticed is on the short-medium hills where I used to labour up in lowest gear after about 20m and now I attack all but the worst. It’s just that stretch home around Ocean Reef which keeps getting steeper when I have already done about 25km on a hot day that hurts so bad.
I am already thinking of trading up for a race bike in search of reducing my commute time (75-80 minutes + stoppages) and maybe joining a club if I can get near 30kph. But losing another 5kg is probably the first thing to work on.
we must pass the same way on occasions then, I commute from Clarkson into the City (38km), but i only do one way per day for 4 days of the week.