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Old 10-03-22, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
My post needed a smiley. Sorry. Not one word of it was serious. If I can ever achieve a ride at an average speed faster than the distance divided by the time, I will have just entered some different realm or time space.
Bet you could do it in Lake Wobegon. After all, all the children are above average. 😊

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Old 10-03-22, 10:36 PM
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Only had about an hour today so tried to make the most of it. Might pay for it tomorrow.


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Old 10-04-22, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by _ForceD_ View Post
Maybe I provided too much info in my OP, and I think there’s a lot being read into it. All I’m saying is that on roads that I frequently ride, in conditions that I frequently ride in, on a bike that I frequently ride, without the company of other riders…I somehow managed to average 1 mph faster, without trying, on a longer-than-average ride for me. IMO that 1 mph is noticeable.

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I got the intent of your post. Yeah, 1 mph is noticeable. My wife and I ride together a lot and we are both data junkies. The first thing out of our mouth at a turn around point or at the end of the ride is average speed. If the speed is up or down for a route we ride a lot, we then talk about wind, traffic lights, which bike we rode, how we felt, good legs/bad legs and etc.

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Old 10-04-22, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
Does the wind blow where you ride?
No, not much. Unless there’s an approaching storm, the wind doesn’t affect my average speed.
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Old 10-07-22, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by bikehoco View Post
No, not much. Unless there’s an approaching storm, the wind doesn’t affect my average speed.
Man, I need to start riding where you do! What planet do you live on?
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Old 10-24-22, 04:15 PM
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Did a solo 62 mile last Saturday with 2700 feet climbing. My average moving speed was 16.7 mph.

I'm 63 years old.
  • 62.54mi
    Distance
  • 3:44:27
    Moving Time
  • 2,736ft
    Elevation
  • 295
    Historic Relative Effort
  • 139W
    Weighted Avg Power
  • 1,655kJ
    Total Work
  • 270
    Training Load
  • 84%
    Intensity
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Avg Max Speed 16.7mi/h 32.6mi/h Elapsed Time 3:59:16 Clear
Temperature
59 ℉
Humidity
56%
Feels like
59 ℉
Wind Speed
1.8 mi/h
Wind Direction
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Old 10-24-22, 05:42 PM
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60 mile ride with an average 1 mph higher? Sounds like you spent 10 of those miles in a fast pack.
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Old 10-24-22, 05:59 PM
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30 years ago, I would average 20 mph up to about 200 km. Now, 15 mph elapsed is about all I do but could do a little better if I tried on shorter rides say 50-60 miles. Rides are around 70' per mile, fairly hilly. Reason for slower average speed? I don't ride hard anymore too often, few actually. And. I used to be 6'4'' and 170 lbs. Now, I am 6'3'' and 215 lbs. There is more traffic and more lights. Elapsed is how I measure. Weight is my biggest factor on short rides.

I did try hard on a hilly 300k this year and did something like 170 PB segments and set my best time ever for that route, around 12:40-45 IIRC, guessing maybe 12:15-20 moving. About 10 years ago in my mid 50's, the first 300k of a flat 600k took me just around 9:20 and just over 10 hours for 200 miles (flat). On almost identical terrain, the first 300k took me closer 11 hours and instead of going straight thru on the 600k, I stopped at 400k at just under 15 hours. I slept until 8 am and finished the last 200k the next day. On longer rides like that, I just get slow somewhere around 350km. Speed drops over a cliff. Age? Insufficient training? Not bonked.
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Old 10-25-22, 01:43 PM
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I wonder how average speed on a 28-30lb bike with 26x2.2 tires would compare to a sub 20lb bike with say 700x28 tires? say both had traditional steel frames? ie if a person averaged 16mph for 30 miles on the 28-30lb bike with 26x2.2 tires would they be any faster on a lighter road bike with 700x28 tires? all hypothetical of course I know there are many factors. just wonder if anyone has a stable with similar bikes that they compare like rides on.
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Old 10-25-22, 06:33 PM
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I average about 10 mph.
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