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Average speed on a road bike

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by chipmonster, 17 Jul 2008.

  1. chipmonster

    chipmonster Well-Known Member

    Just curious, what is the average speed you get on your road bike?
  2. Sh4rkyBloke

    Sh4rkyBloke Jaffa Cake monster

    Location:
    Manchester, UK
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    Depends how far I'm going, wind speed/direction, gradients etc.

    My Manc - Blackpool run last weekend was a shade shy of 17mph for the 60 miles of undulating roads.
  3. Paulus

    Paulus Veteran

    Location:
    Barnet,
    On a normal day I can average 15-18 mph. This is quite easy to achieve. If I am in a hurry on a open road it goes up to about 20mph.
  4. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    I've done 19.6 mph on my commute, but a more common speed is around 17 or 18 mph, slower on the way home because of the route and the traffic. My Sunday ride (sans rucksack etc) tends to come in at between 17 and 19 mph for 30 miles, depending on how energetic I'm feeling.
  5. 4F

    4F Quill stems rule !

    Between 14 - 19 mph depending on mood, weather, traffic, wind, hills, rain, lightning or volcanic eruptions.
  6. That's almost exactly what I averaged last night, for the first 19 miles into a strong wind, I averaged 15mph and on the way back with the wind behind me I averaged 18mph. It's wuite a hilly route but along one flat section I was averaging around 21 (19.5 at min, 23 at max).
  7. Tynan

    Tynan Über Member

    Location:
    e4
    comp says average moving of 15.7 but that's London commute with a million red lights

    I get up to 20 pdq and stay there left to my own devices, maybe 25 if I try
  8. asterix

    asterix Comrade Member

    Location:
    Limoges or York
    When I got my audax bike I averaged 27kph over 3000km. Max speed was 83kph down Holme Moss. (I was getting fit for the Raid Pyrenean)

    Since I completed the RP and the battery on my computer went flat last year, I don't bother about speed or distance figures any more!
  9. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    When I go out on a training ride that involves going about five miles to the edge of London, five miles out into Essex, turn round and come back, almost exactly twenty miles in total my average is always between 19 and 19.9 mph, very annoying that no matter how hard I try I have never been able to break through the 20mph average! :biggrin:

    Fortunately I can do much better than that on a TT course where there are no traffic lights or junctions other than RABs, can get around 25mph average then.
  10. Albert

    Albert Senior Member

    Location:
    Wales
    My rides are all around my home in a hilly area of Wales. An typical ride takes in around 1000ft of climbing every 7 or 8 miles, with lots of 10% sections. My average speed over the last 1000 miles has been 11.7 mph.

    I am 60 years old and had a heart attack (after a lifetime of smoking) 18 months ago and took up cycling in order to get fit after I left hospital. It has become a passion.
  11. snapper_37

    snapper_37 Barbara Woodhouse's Love Child

    Location:
    Wolves
    Well done to you Albert. :biggrin::tongue:

    My average is around 13 - 16 on a commute. That's if you class a technically hybrid bianchi as a road bike :smile: Around 18 - 20 on a spin out.
    Speedywheelsjeans likes this.
  12. gavintc

    gavintc Veteran

    Location:
    Southsea
    My commute is now a pretty steady 20-22 mph on a 17 mile ride. I was pushing 18 mph when I started, but the legs have enjoyed the exercise.
  13. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    My average is normally about 18mph, can go up to mid/low 19's depending on the weather. On windy days wit strong head winds, high 17mph averages is what i normally get, sometimes low 18mph ones if i am feeling good.
    Still trying to get it higher though.:smile:
  14. trio25

    trio25 Über Member

    14mph is a good average for me, I must be slow.
  15. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Location:
    Logopolis
    Absolutely nothing, nothing like the averages of other people here. I don't have a roadbike I have a hybrid. I've been cycling more seriously for 3 years (with a season out in there) and have yet to achieve these average speeds that other people claim is normal within a few weeks or months. Hills have improved, speeds on the flats (where available) haven't improved one iota over distances.

    On the other hand I don't use a computer, I measure pure crude average speed which is different to some of the computers, but that'd only make a diff of perhaps 1mph.
  16. Nick1979

    Nick1979 New Member

    Location:
    London (SW11)
    20+ average on a commute? with all the red lights, traffic.. ??
    Reading this thread I wonder how some people calibrate their computer :-)
    Or maybe I'm just slow, I rarely do faster than 15mph average (but improving!).
  17. I wish I was as fast as some of you, on a slightly hilly ride I can manage 12.5 mph, but I’m 57 with emphysema and I get out of breath on the hills, on the flat I’m OK but as soon as I hit a hill speed goes down to 3-5 mph hence my low average:sad:
  18. caz

    caz Well-Known Member

    Location:
    West Midlands
    I guess I must be slow too;). I average between 14-15mph, although a few of my rides (a dozen or so) have been above 15mph and last week I managed to break the 16mph barrier by .07 seconds for the first time! ;) How do I get to go faster? Is it possible or is it too late in life now (I'm a couple of years off being 50 :biggrin:) ?
  19. MrGrumpy

    MrGrumpy Huge Member

    Location:
    Fly Fifer
    I average approx 16.5mph sometimes slower if its howling and thats for 15mile journey from Fife into Edinburgh
  20. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Its possible, i have had over 20mph averages when i'm going on a short distance, and whilst going through busy areas its easier to keep the speed up as long as the cars are going abit faster then you are. Gives a challenge. If its flat or with parts of downhill its even easier.
    When i ride from here into town my speed is usually in the 20mph mark, going to the high 20mph mark if ts clear. Going in that bus lane or just wanting to keep pace with the cars is enough to keep going.;)