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Old 04-20-19, 08:52 AM
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#1 Put lighter weight 700x25 road tires and light weight rims/wheels on your bike.

#2 Hire a coach. To build speed you need to work on speed. That means structured interval training. It's hard, but it's the most efficient way to do what you're wanting to do.

Don't just ride more. Ride smarter!
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Old 09-30-19, 12:09 PM
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Since I started just a few months ago, Iím just calculating my speed by my distance vs time.

Im only averaging about 14 miles distance on my rides now but am working toward 20. Mostly, Iím going an average of 13.5 mph. But on one ride, I pushed it and averaged 14.8. So, definitely fitness is the biggest factor, I would think.

The loop I ride is interesting, itís basically a flat, then downhill, then flat, them uphill to the original flat, itís just about 3.4 miles. I see the fitness improvements most clearly on the hill and being able to do it in lower and lower gears with the same cadence.

The bike is 27 lbs, 700c hybrid type tires.

The biggest thing that slows me down compared to road bikes is the wind resistance from the upright posture. On steeper downhills, road bikes can coast and Iíll have to pedal to keep up. I crouched low one time just to see and it made a big difference. But, for now, Iím really just in it for fitness and my speed improvements are just measured against myself. I figure Iím actually getting an even better workout cycling through the wind anyway ; )

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Old 09-30-19, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by CyclingBK View Post
Since I started just a few months ago, Iím just calculating my speed by my distance vs time.

Im only averaging about 14 miles distance on my rides now but am working toward 20. Mostly, Iím going an average of 13.5 mph. But on one ride, I pushed it and averaged 14.8. So, definitely fitness is the biggest factor, I would think.

The loop I ride is interesting, itís basically a flat, then downhill, then flat, them uphill to the original flat, itís just about 3.4 miles. I see the fitness improvements most clearly on the hill and being able to do it in lower and lower gears with the same cadence.

The bike is 27 lbs, 700c hybrid type tires.

The biggest thing that slows me down compared to road bikes is the wind resistance from the upright posture. On steeper downhills, road bikes can coast and Iíll have to pedal to keep up. I crouched low one time just to see and it made a big difference. But, for now, Iím really just in it for fitness and my speed improvements are just measured against myself. I figure Iím actually getting an even better workout cycling through the wind anyway ; )
Good for you! Don't forget to enjoy the scenery, and sometimes just ride for fun.
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Old 09-30-19, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
Good for you! Don't forget to enjoy the scenery, and sometimes just ride for fun.
Thanks and great point! Iíve been so into the ďfitness ď part but am appreciating the sights and sounds more and more. Today was actually the first time I got off the bike during a ride to take this pic
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Old 09-30-19, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Sal Bandini View Post
You realize that the current speed to desired speed is 25%-33% improvement, right? I wish it were that easy to just change components and/or spin at 90 to get that increase. Your best way to get towards that goal is to reduce weight (yours) and just bike more to get your power up.
We'll put it doesn't seem like much only 3mph more but takes a lot more effort especially if 25 percent of his ride is on gravel . Not hard to do though just increase the miles by about 10 percent a week for about 3 months and you will be right about there.
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Old 09-30-19, 10:36 PM
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Inexpensive carbon wheelset.
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Old 10-03-19, 09:48 AM
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How about a gear change? My Hybrid's large chain ring was a 48 and my road bike is a 52. Not sure what the OP is running but riding more and a bigger chain ring should help.
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Old 10-21-19, 07:44 AM
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If you are running your tire pressure at the max, you may want to lower it a little. Evidently, running at max pressure might not make you faster (contrary to what we may have thought), at least according to this article: https://www.roadbikerider.com/the-ti...-jan-heine-d1/
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