Cycle 12 miles

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by bobby, 4 Nov 2007.

  1. bobby

    bobby New Member


    Need some advice.

    I am of average fitness. How long would it take me to cycle 12 miles?

    thanks alot
  2. yorkshiregoth

    yorkshiregoth Master of all he surveys

  3. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    middle of Norfolk
    Lots of variables, including:-

    weather, e.g. headwind or tailwind
    terrain e.g. flat, uphill, downhill, hilly, rolling
    type of bike
    type of tyres
    type of road e.g urban with lots of traffic lights & junctions or rural with no hold-ups
    type of off-road e.g mud up to your armpits, or hard track
  4. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Assuming it's on-road: 40-60 minutes.
  5. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    Sounds daft, but why?

    I do this distance in about 50 minutes, but with my wife in tow about 80.

    If you are in no hurry I would perhaps allow an hour and a half for a leisurely pootle with time to cool down and have a quick wash at the other end if required.

    If it is for a commute however You can push alittle faster and then allow time for a shower at the far end.
  6. got-to-get-fit

    got-to-get-fit New Member

    Yarm, Cleveland

    If you are thinking of this from a Commute point of view and wondering how long its going to take to get to work.......

    I commute 11.8 miles and it takes me 40 mins, im of average fitness and my commute is fairly flat with a couple of smallish hills.

    I use a road bike and i work shifts so traffic is usually not so bad.
  7. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    As Wafflycat asks, there are loads of factors.
    Are you looking to get from a to b as quick as you can, or just a steady ride.
    What bikes have you got in mind....

    You'd be surprised what youre capable of. Many people think 10 miles is ...well....insane. Its not, its easiy achievable with a little effort and patience. A few rides soon build up some strength.

    I went out with the wife today, she doesnt normally ride more that 2 or 3 miles. She used my old roadbike, and we did 15 miles in just over an hour.
    A very steady ride for me, but quite an achievement for the wife. She was perfectly ok when she got back.....on with the day.
  8. 515mm

    515mm Well-Known Member

    Hi Bobby, welcome to the forum!

    When I started commuting in January, the 14 mile, mostly flat ride into work took me just under an hour. I'd been going to a gym for about a year already and thought I was reasonably fit.;) It now takes me 47-50 minutes.(Yes, I do keep a check and I try and break my 47'17'' record once a week)

    Oh, since February I've lost 16 pounds of body fat according to my gym instructor and her calipers.......:smile:
  9. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    As everyone says, there are loads of variables. I did about 12 miles yesterday, took about five and a half hours, but that includes pootling, stopping to look at an old windmill, taking a lot of photos, and a pub lunch...

    But if I'd had to ride 12 miles direct, I reckon, with a favourable wind (or no wind) and relatively flat, then I might manage it in an hour or so.

    Main thing, if you're hoping to do it regularly, like on a commute, is to allow plenty of time to start with, so that you're not running out of time and having to flog yourself and ending up discouraged and knackered. The more you do it, the quicker you'll get.
  10. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    Oh, and welcome to the forum...;)
  11. johnr

    johnr Über Member

    First time you do it, it'll seem like hours... after a few weeks, you'll wonder what the fuss was all about.
  12. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    if it's london, add 20% for stopping for lights, it's absurd

    I average 18mph plus for my 12.5 miles and it generally takes me an hour, go figure
  13. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    This is actually a limiting factor on how much you can cut off your personal best.

    I am consistent to within a couple of minutes, and the variation is almost entirely due to lights!
  14. OP

    bobby New Member


    Wow! Never expected so many to reply! thanks!

    I am f****d off with the trains so I want to cycle in! It around 11.5 miles from Belvedere (south london) to central london (london bridge).

    I go throught abbey wood, plumstead, woolwich, charlton, greenwich, deptford and then the city. So I am hoping it will be quite up to the city.

    Anyone else travel near those areas?

    What about this bike for a starter?

    thanks people

  15. Mortiroloboy

    Mortiroloboy New Member

    Hi and welcome, Don't even think about buying that piece of cr@p! Seriously it will fall apart, and you don't need any kinda suspension malarky if you only intend to ride on tarmac, if you are content to buy from Halfords, then have a look at some of their 'better' Carrera own brand models, or better still find a good (local to you) and reputable LBS Local Bike Shop. Establish a rapport with the owner/manager, this relationship will stand you in good stead, trust me!
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