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What is a good solo average speed...(7 posts)

What is a good solo average speed...benja15
Jun 1, 2003 6:57 PM
I usually do around an 18 average for about 30 miles... i live in the Lancaster PA area so it is a mix of lots of hills and some pretty good flats, usually some wind too

How much of a difference would it make on my average if i was riding with other people?
My solo average is about the same...config
Jun 2, 2003 2:04 AM
My solo average is about the same, 18.5 mph and I consider myself on the slower side. I haven't really gotten a chance to ride with group yet. I don't know if I would be able to keep up.
Not much different...Matno
Jun 2, 2003 3:39 AM
For me, I guess my riding style is just different from the guys I ride with. When I ride with them, I feel like I'm barely hanging on the whole time, whereas when I'm by myself, I don't feel like I push nearly as hard. However, my average speed on the same routes is only about 0.5 mph faster in the group than it is by myself (over 35 miles). Go figure.

Oh, and the average speed is about 17mph with the group. Lots of ups and downs, and TONS of stop lights don't help the average speed much...
re: What is a good solo average speed...r-kelley
Jun 2, 2003 7:10 AM
I work over at Franklin and Marshall. You should go to bikeline on Tuesday night at 7ish or Sunday at 4ish. The rides vary in speed a lot and mostly depends on the mood of the faster guys. Usually the ride will have a couple sprints and fast paceline work for short periods but the overall pace ends up being around 17 or 18 on the day. Once and awhile if someone has a bad day and the group is able to keep up, the pace will get up into the 20s for the whole ride. If you want more information e-mail me at:
It looks like I still have lots of work to do...Eug
Jun 2, 2003 7:33 AM
I'm in the 16 mph range (over 25 miles). :(
>0 (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Jun 2, 2003 8:24 AM
really dependsDougSloan
Jun 2, 2003 9:19 AM
I've averaged anywhere from 12 mph to 22 mph for over 100 miles, solo. 12 mph in mountains, 22 mph over 134 miles with a tailwind. Anything in between is possible.

For flat, windless, riding, 20 mph is a good target. Deduct or add from there based upon distance, hills, heat, wind, etc.

With the right group, you could ride about 20 percent faster than alone if it istn't too hilly. Drafting won't help much up hills.