what's your average speed?

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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby koshari » Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:07 am

I reckon climbing is where most of the gains can be had. If your not blowing going up your not working as hard as you could be and the logic in trying to recoup a slower climbing speed on descent is flawed.
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby Derny Driver » Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:29 am

koshari wrote:I reckon climbing is where most of the gains can be had. If your not blowing going up your not working as hard as you could be and the logic in trying to recoup a slower climbing speed on descent is flawed.

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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby Lukeyboy » Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:52 am

singlespeedscott wrote:
Lukeyboy wrote:Are you proposing a challenge? :P :P :D

Yeah. If I ever get the money together to build said bike :)


Give me a buzz when your ready :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby Jet01 » Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:44 pm

kb wrote:
Jet01 wrote:As I can't afford to go for longer rides. I have to try to get faster over the same distance or travel a longer distance over the same time. I use strava to monitor my average speed. It's the only way I can monitor my improvement.

Sounds like you'd really appreciate the veloviewer summary page. You should check it out if you haven't already.


Thanks for the heads up this site. There is so much data available on this site it's almost scary.

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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby TraversW » Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:36 pm

Depends on route hugely I guess, I have a bit of a hill into work, both directions I tend to go flat out, showers at work helps.
Into work 27km/h average* for 13km and 300m
Home 35* for 11km and 130m
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby rheicel » Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:13 pm

21 kph on my commute home this evening :)
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby kb » Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:54 pm

16.4 kph for me tonight. Slowest commute in 24 years :-)
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby softy » Thu Aug 07, 2014 10:36 pm

kb wrote:16.4 kph for me tonight. Slowest commute in 24 years :-)


Nothing wrong with that, at least you were out there, pedalling your bike! :)
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby AP81 » Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:25 pm

25 to 28km/h for me to, largely dependent on the 15 sets of traffic lights I encounter on the 8km trip.
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby oldbikegeoff » Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:07 pm

I tend to commute at between 18-30 KMH. I always thought speed was quicker but I have found that a consistent speed is the golden ticket! some times I usually like to give the old roadmaster a bit of movement!
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby Verdigriis » Wed Aug 27, 2014 4:03 pm

Average commuting speed is around 20kmph on my steel touring bike with a pannier of work clothes and the clunky lock, a few bike tools etc. on a ~17km commute. This is down a winding river path with many hills. Having said that, my ride home last night in the dark on the river with more up hill than down was 16.5kmph... so... slooooowwww (I was trying to be nice to a slightly injured knee, it was dark, and I have many more excuses where those came from). I'm a fat middle aged lady who only started riding a few years ago so anything over a 20kmph average is my idea of awesome. :-)
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby OldBloke » Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:46 pm

I'm a 60+yo recreational recumbent trike rider who is still trying to beak 20kph. Best I've done so far is 19.6kph. But then, I've only been riding regularly for a year or so since I retired. At least, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby pacra » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:12 pm

I used to be fixated about ave speed but there are so many variables, headwinds, lights, traffic etc. it's not really telling you anything. When I do check on rare occasions it is anywhere between 22 and 18 k/h on 15k each way.
On this particular route I know over the last ten years I have slowed up, but then I am ten years closer to death, traffic is ten years heavier and I am ten years wiser and cautious about taking risks in peak traffic.
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby Macca_CX » Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:13 pm

When I started out commuting last year I averaged 23kmh over 15km. Relatively flat with one main hill for about 1km. Now I average 27kmh.

I notice that my ride speed flutuates depending on how busy my day was, whether I ate the right food, am hydrated and not sore. At times I can fly and get up to 49kmh on my way home during the spring time. Other times I am struggling to start and am stuck at 18kmh.
Until recent, y I always tried to push myself thinking that since I am going such a short distance I have to push push push. However after much reading I have now realised that sometimes its fine to just churn in the morning when its -4 degrees (canberra) and I did a workout the previous night. The trick I think is not to get competitive when others overtake you ;)
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby singlespeedscott » Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:36 pm

At -4 I would be just happy with actually maintaining a grip on the bars and turning over the pedals :)
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby cp123 » Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:37 pm

a -4 winter morning is warm by Canberra standards. You can come ride with us when it's -7 or -8 if you'd like. heh heh


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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby singlespeedscott » Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:10 am

I use to love in Canberra many moons ago so i know where your coming from and that's why I live in SEQ now.
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby BaldPatch » Sat Sep 06, 2014 1:52 pm

Not sure on Speed...but i alter my Cadence depending on how much noise she is making :lol:
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby cp123 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:22 am

singlespeedscott wrote:I use to love in Canberra many moons ago



:shock: Weren't you lucky... :twisted:



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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby singlespeedscott » Sun Sep 07, 2014 3:25 pm

I don't mind Canberra for a visit. My parents still live there.
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what's your average speed?

Postby warthog1 » Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:38 pm

Well rode the plastic fantastic in to work tonight.
3 kmh quicker than the lumbering steel commuter. High spoke count round spoked wheels shod with heavy wider tyres are a fair chunk of the difference I reckon.
The Cervelo was an absolute delight to get back on though. Felt like getting out of an old valiant into a Porsche. :)


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what's your average speed?

Postby singlespeedscott » Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:06 am

I had a cracking commute home last night with a 33.8km/hr average for 32.5km.

Not bad for a "lumbering steel bike with high spoke count wheels and 29 mm tyres." :lol:
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby rheicel » Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:37 am

That was fast SSS :)
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby singlespeedscott » Tue Sep 23, 2014 3:57 pm

I forgot to include the STRAVA link -

http://www.strava.com/activities/197889676
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Re: what's your average speed?

Postby Grgic » Tue Sep 23, 2014 6:24 pm

singlespeedscott wrote:I had a cracking commute home last night with a 33.8km/hr average for 32.5km.

Not bad for a "lumbering steel bike with high spoke count wheels and 29 mm tyres." :lol:


Very nice effort!
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