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Old 10-09-2010, 04:48 PM   #17401
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Mtb 6-10 mph depends on the hills.

Road bike 15-17 mph.

Been riding since starting back after a 10 year break in July.
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Old 10-09-2010, 04:50 PM   #17402
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I'm not sure if this has been asked or posted, but I'd rather just ask than try to find it in this very long thread....

What is your average speed (road bike) when out for exercise? Not when you're trying to beat your best time or practicing for a race..... just your average, I need to get some exercise, regimen. Please note whether you're traveling on mostly hills or flat or both and how long you've been riding.

Steverino is right -- heart rate.

But, FWIW, my average speed is oh, maybe around 16-18 mph -- but this is commuting, mostly flat with some hills, and carrying my commuting gear and stuff. I've been riding pretty regularly for over 35 years (yipes!!), but mostly for commuting and recreation.
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Old 10-09-2010, 04:52 PM   #17403
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I guess I should have posted that I'm not worried about my speed at all, I would just like to know what speed everyone else does so I can understand more about cycling, the different types of bikes, breathing, eating... blah blah blah.

That's all.


You men have been trained badly! I'm a woman that means exactly what she says - I have no hidden agenda and if I ask you if my ass looks big, I expect the truth, not something I want to hear.

Got it?


Good.


Now tell me your average speed and how long you've been riding, please.
I don't do a ton of riding- once or twice a week, and my normal road ride is 18-25 miles in the berkeley hills. I average between 13-14 mph. My speed goes up if I have a longer route with a bit more flat ground.

Oh, I'm 31 and in pretty good shape. My wife averages about the same, only she can average 12 or 13 mph over a hilly ride that is 200 miles long.
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Old 10-09-2010, 08:56 PM   #17404
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I guess I should have posted that I'm not worried about my speed at all, I would just like to know what speed everyone else does so I can understand more about cycling, the different types of bikes, breathing, eating... blah blah blah.

That's all.


You men have been trained badly! I'm a woman that means exactly what she says - I have no hidden agenda and if I ask you if my ass looks big, I expect the truth, not something I want to hear.

Got it?


Good.


Now tell me your average speed and how long you've been riding, please.

Fair enough. Keep in mind I'm a bit older than I used to be, and slowing some. On the flat stuff, I'll roll along at 20-21mph. Lots-a-hills here in Northern Utardia, so the total averages reflect that (I have a 1 1/2 mile climb to get home every ride). Round trip average speeds these days are a solid 18.3 mph....

Also keep in mind- average speed is a factor of time spent at speed "x" - and hills kill your average speed-- even if you go down the same hills you go up. Peoples heads seem to think that if I go 10 mph out, and 20 mph back, the average speed will be 15- not so.

A steep, long climb for example:
Roughly a ten mile climb at ten miles per hour, takes an hour (right?)
Comming down the same way (now decent) at 30 mph takes twenty minutes= total 90 minutes round trip for 20 miles. average is only 13.5-ish.
Far easier to clip along on a flat road....


FWIW- Riding on the road since '89 at age 21, over 100K miles logged, on good equipment (that really does matter ) used to race quite a bit- now not so much

I agree with focusing on effort/heart rate, not average speed-- My average speed in the last cyclocross race was a miseerable 14.5 mph, but my heart rate was above 165 for over 50 minutes
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Old 10-10-2010, 11:53 AM   #17405
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Originally Posted by VelvtRide
I guess I should have posted that I'm not worried about my speed at all, I would just like to know what speed everyone else does so I can understand more about cycling, the different types of bikes, breathing, eating... blah blah blah.

That's all.


You men have been trained badly! I'm a woman that means exactly what she says - I have no hidden agenda and if I ask you if my ass looks big, I expect the truth, not something I want to hear.

Got it?


Good.


Now tell me your average speed and how long you've been riding, please.
Speed?

15 - 20 on the road bike with a 140ish heart rate.

Think of heart rate as your tachometer. As you become stronger, you can maintain higher road speeds with the same heart rate.

Initially, your speeds will be low; you can ride your road bike 10mph for an hour with an inzone heart rate without muscle burn.

After a couple months of adding 5 miles/week with recovery rides and weeknight training, you'll be able to average 16 to 17 miles per hour with 115 - 145 heart rate over 3 or 4 hours of pedaling. This will include significant climbs, fast descents and periods of straight up steady middle effort pedaling.

The speed is in your chest, not the bike or your legs.
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Old 10-10-2010, 12:16 PM   #17406
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heh. got home last night from a star party, and my college kid left this IM on my screen...

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Ian: did a 50miler today :)
so fun
thanks for the awesome bike
"awesome bike" being the $200 1977 Trek TX300 I scored for him.
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Old 10-10-2010, 01:26 PM   #17407
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second season started today

I've come to think of living in AZ as having too seasons: BS and AS as in "Before summer" and "after summer". Today was the first ride of the second season.

I'm not really big into riding on the local streets but will do so to crank out a few miles. Today was about 60/40 - 60% on dirt and 40% on the streets for 15 miles total.

The last thing I asked MrsK7 to grab for me was a big red bandana - thank goodness because when I had my first flat tire in years, it was nice to have that to mop off my face.

I haven't changed a tube since... oh... 1979 and that was outside of Castroville Texas. Even then, I seem to remember one of my bicycle shop buddies helping me out.

I looked around - no such luck. Actually, it was quite easy especially after I remembered to push the tire to the center of the rim. The other side slipped off with only a little persuasion.

Several quail made their way down the trail I was on - they were pretty startled to see me under some shade working on the tire. I could hear other bicyclists on the nearby road. I don't think that they could see me - too far off and down in the desert.

As I moved towards the west, the trail I was on popped me back onto Pecos Rd where I started a female cyclist who was traveling west also. She had the triathlon-type setup and was moving at a decent clip. I couldn't help myself - I chased her down and passed her...knowing that the next trail was only a half-mile down the road.

From there, I moved west towards the confluence of South Mt Park and the indian reservation. At one point, I have to go up and over a steep ridge - the road is too steep and rough for my skills. The least I could do was take a picture:



I had intended to go over the next ridge and then work my way back to the east via South Mt Park but I decided to go back to the south and work my way back towards home. From there, I picked up surface streets just to throw in a few more quick miles. The total was 15 miles in just over two hours total. The moving average was just under 10 mph, fastest speed was just over 31. No idea of my heart rate, no monitor.

All things considered, it was a spectacular morning - highs of about 85. Tonight, we'll continue the fun...we're going to see Steve Martin who is playing with the Steep Canyon Rangers, a bluegrass band. Should be a blast.
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Old 10-10-2010, 04:33 PM   #17408
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So on today's ride, I kept more careful track of time and distance, and my average speed was 15.5 mph. This was a non-commuting ride (but not done specifically for speed, just out for a nice ride), mostly flat, mostly bike path, but some hills and stop lights.

Disclaimers: I'm on a recumbent, I'm female, and I'm probably older than most of you FF's here.

Edited to add "average" to speed.

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Old 10-10-2010, 09:48 PM   #17409
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The four week long exile in Cleveland is over, time to get back in the saddle. I saw a flyer for this at a LBS today. I'm gonna give it a whirl and enter the class C race next weekend. The ultimate goal would be to enter and complete the Giro Epico Gentlemen's Ride on 11/21. It's 80 miles or so of fun, frivolity, and discomfort.

A vid from last year's ride:


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Old 10-10-2010, 09:50 PM   #17410
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The four week long exile in Cleveland is over, time to get back in the saddle. I saw a flyer for this at a LBS today.

hmm. i got a 404 error fromt hat link. 'not found' ... oh, i see, malformed mojo, i edited the one in the quote so it will probably work
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Old 10-10-2010, 10:39 PM   #17411
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hmm. i got a 404 error fromt hat link. 'not found' ... oh, i see, malformed mojo, i edited the one in the quote so it will probably work
Many thanks.

Eez feexed now.
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Old 10-10-2010, 11:29 PM   #17412
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I'm not sure if this has been asked or posted, but I'd rather just ask than try to find it in this very long thread....

What is your average speed (road bike) when out for exercise? Not when you're trying to beat your best time or practicing for a race..... just your average, I need to get some exercise, regimen. Please note whether you're traveling on mostly hills or flat or both and how long you've been riding.

I avg about 15mph commuting.

I'm 37, ride rarely, in decent shape from playing rugby, and suck at anything longer than 20 miles.

Recreational rides with the local club always highlight just how out of "bike" shape I am.
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Old 10-11-2010, 04:09 AM   #17413
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cyclocross

was invited by a local shop owner who sponsers a team to attend a practice over the weekend. What a fookin good time and a great workout ! I biffed a couple times approaching the obstacles way too fast for my skill level . Eventually settled down and rode at my pace. The team did 5 laps I got 4 in . Nobody warned me that only the fast guys show up to the early practice. They had another practice at 5:30 pm but my legs said no. I know a few here are seasoned cyclocrossers , this was my first taste.
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Old 10-11-2010, 05:26 AM   #17414
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What is your average speed (road bike) when out for exercise? Not when you're trying to beat your best time or practicing for a race..... just your average, I need to get some exercise, regimen. Please note whether you're traveling on mostly hills or flat or both and how long you've been riding.

Can be a bad thing fretting over speed. Can quickly take the fun factor out of cycling .

On my "go fast" bicycle I usually average 18-19 mph . Mostly flat but usually fighting strong winds. Soon to be 47 years old and pedal about 100 - 200 miles weekly.
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:58 PM   #17415
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I finally decided to take on a steep ride. I headed last week to Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia. I can't find an exact road grade measurement, but most sites state it maxes out over 20%.

I took my touring bike for extra low gearing, should have left the racks and extra weight at home, but a little more weight made it that much more exciting. I drove to the 180 spur turnoff, but to keep it interesting I first biked 2.5 miles downhill to the low point on 180 west of the turnoff. The first part back up was not too bad, but taking the turnoff one is faced with the steep stuff right away, average grade 11.2%. I did fine until a little over half way when you truly hit the wall and it feels as though you are climbing straight up. I'm not sure I've ever been out of the saddle to go 3 mph through that section, my heart was pounding (needed my HRM to see what I maxed out at, but didn't bring it. ) and wishing my 700c wheels could be downsized to 26in, but there was no way I was giving up, at one point I really did contemplate walking, thankfully I persevered through that steep section and although the rest wasn't a piece of cake I was glad to be spinning my way to the top. I'm not sure I want to challenge that steep section again and the downhill was a lot scarier, just hoped the brakes held up to the task and my hands didn't cramp up. The total ride took 70 minutes for 10 miles, so much for decent average speed. I was able to keep on spinning, my average dropped from normally around 88 to 76 rpm. Total time climbing was about 59 minutes, total descending about 11 minutes, not pretty, but at least I made it without stopping.

Here's a screenshot of the total profile, larger version here.




For those that have not been there, here, is a decent write up on the climb and a video posted by a rider.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsl4r1d6ack
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