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your average speed?(10 posts)

your average speed?vernhk
Aug 11, 2001 9:23 PM
I'm curious. I average around 18-19 mph. Now I know that is slow, because it seems that everyone passes me. So let's do a survey!!! What is your average???
re: your average speed? hours per ride? or miles?vernhk
Aug 11, 2001 9:36 PM
OK, and how many days do you ride? miles? or hours?
re: your average speed? hours per ride? or miles?ALLEN phx.
Aug 11, 2001 10:12 PM
Ave. speed (with some hills): 19-21mph
Usual distance: 40-55 miles
Days: 4-6/week

my average is...Lupa
Aug 12, 2001 4:39 AM
Ave. speed : 19-21mph
Usual distance: 35-40 miles
Days: 4/week
re: your average speed?GTrider215
Aug 12, 2001 6:22 AM
i average about 18-21 depending on how many gigantic dumbass bridges there are.,

my usual distance is 35-40 miles. but today i did 80 miles with my friend, go me!

and i ride 4 days a week
re: your average speed?PaulCL
Aug 12, 2001 8:04 AM
My average speed will be nothing compared to someone riding without hills or someone riding in the mountains. But here goes:

Riding alone:
Just got home from 55 mile solo ride: 90 degrees, high humidity. About 5 hills, each 1-3 miles long: average speed: 17.5 mph

I did this same ride with a friend about a month ago and we averaged closer to 20mph.

I have a shorter (35mile) loop, with just three 1-3 mile hills that I will average 18.5+ alone.

These numbers are really meaningless. I rode last week in the mountains of Colorado - up and down, up and down. I was lucky to average 15mph - in a group of racers - when the ride include a mountain. Nothing like 3000 feet of climbing over 8 miles to kill the average MPH!
My Favorite Meaningless Metricterry b
Aug 12, 2001 10:33 AM
I have 200+ rides in my Excel spreadsheet - average = 17.667 mph. I ride when it's 100F, 20F, in the wind, the rain, sometimes the snow. On roads, up and down hills, on multi-use recreational trails, on 4 different bikes, alone and with others. In the end, it all washes out to 17.667 mph, a meaningless number. Is it slow - don't think so because I pass people 10x more often than I am passed. To hit 17.667 mph I am usually riding 19-22 mph, otherwise the minutes I spend at 12 mph coming up to stop lights and avoiding buses would make my all time average 17.665 mph. It's really a meaningless metric, the Law of Averages is not on your side and in my experience it speaks very little about your progress as a cyclist. The increasing amount of miles you ride as you get better is a much better way to look at your capability.
terry b, brilliant postSlothlike
Aug 12, 2001 12:20 PM
you are so right. I live i a congested area outside of NYC and the stoplights and retard drivers seem to always bring my average down to 17-19 mph despite keeping 23+ on flats when there actually is an uninterrupted straight which is rare. I always wonder what my average would be if I lived in farmland country with long stretches of road. I know I am a lot "faster" than what my computer reads. If you want to see if you are fast, people should do the 3 mile time trial. Around 8 minutes or less, you are considered very fit. 8-10 moderately fit. what can others do????
My Favorite Meaningless Metricfiltersweep
Aug 12, 2001 12:55 PM
I'm with you- bike computer starts in my living room, waits for elevator, slow ride through traffic to where I begin to "actually ride" - we are talking total trip average (because I chronically forget to reset the thing). Waiting at a long light I can actually watch the average drop.... but overall I have very similar averages.

If I had no instincts for self-preservation, my averages would definitely go up!

One minute at a light at 0 mph can significantly dent an average (you lose at least a third of a mile of riding each time).
warp 8. unless persued by klingons/rednecks then warp 9 (nm)JamesT.Kirk
Aug 12, 2001 6:46 PM