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Fastest Ever Commute Home - Yippeeee

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by doyler78, 18 Mar 2008.

  1. doyler78

    doyler78 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Co Down, Ireland
    Love my new tyres (Michelin Pro2 Race). Love my clipless pedals (spds m324). Life is great.

    Just done my commute home in 42:04 mins for 13.9 miles and that included traffic at lights in Carryduff and Ballynahinch so would have been faster. My fastest time ever. 19.8mph average. There was a bit of a tailwind but it wasn't anything too strong. Certainly nowhere the level that we've had recently and are due for later this week :biggrin:

    So close to that 20mph average I have always wanted so decided to console myself and look for the best 10 mile stretch and it was 28:05 mins which was 21.2mph avg so delighted with that.

    Even more delighted because I was out last night on the piss for St Paddy's day and I had already done 43 miles on Sunday, 27 miles Monday and of course the 13.9 mile commute in this morning.

    I so can't wait until I get that road bike next month so I can really let rip. Flat bar bike, rucksack and loose top just aren't aero enough :biggrin::biggrin:
     
  2. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    I salute you - I dream of a 20mph average, and am considerably further from it, I'm sad to say :biggrin:
     
  3. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    Keep trying to get a 20mph average on my commute. It's probably never going to happen though. I'm nowhere near. Panniers and hills don't make a good combination.
     
  4. Well Done M8, the fastest I've ever averaged on the flat bars is 17.7 for around 25mls and that wasn't on a commute. My fastest commute was 15.5 for 20 when I lived at my old hose and wanted to get to the post office depot before it closed. Tonight was probably my slowest commute btw.
     
  5. doyler78

    doyler78 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Co Down, Ireland
    Thanks all. Yeah must admit it is easier to get round in a quicker time on a fairly flat commute like mine where the climbs aren't big so you can push up them and then bury yourself on the descent to get the average up. HLaB I never mention the slow ones. They just don't figure on the radar. Couldn't tell you what my slowest time was but it was over an hour - that's all i know.

    If I go home later in the evening, like I normally do, then I can avoid queues in Carryduff and Ballynahinch so that will likely get me that 0.2mph I need. Will that be enough? Doubt it. I will be looking for under 40 mins which is a pretty tall ask at 20.85mph but targets are good aren't they?
     

  6. so am I now.:biggrin:
     
  7. doyler78

    doyler78 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Co Down, Ireland
    Finally broke the 20 mile per hour average. On Thursday achieved 20.1mph average. Nice tailwind mind but hey you take the good with the bad and considering I have hardly been on my bike in the previous 2 months due to illness of one sort or another. I knew I was on for a good time so really pushed myself the whole way home. I'm so happy.

    My fastest 10 mile section that I could find was 21.9mph with a -0.4% grade so slightly downhill. Not bad for a flatbar. Had a rucksack but very little in it that day so didn't add much weight.

    I'm really chuffed with myself. Can't believe I waited until today to download the data. Now I really want my drop bar so I can really got for it :smile:

    Oh just found 22.2mph on -0.6% grade.
     
  8. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    impressive stuff, how many lights on the route?

    I'm going to guess that you don;t have our London four minute red lights, I always fancy I do 20mph+ average speed without the lights
     
  9. doyler78

    doyler78 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Co Down, Ireland
    Your right there. All my lights bar one set are in my first 2 miles and the road is pretty straight as well so only a couple of slow corners. Really pretty perfect conditions for a public road. Also helped that there was a guy on a drop bar bike ahead of me so that gave me a target to go for. Only realised after about 5 miles of having passed him that he was right behind me so looks like I got him to pick up his pace too ;)
     
  10. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Location:
    Suffolk.
    Nice one, my personal best is 19.7 mph over 14.5 miles and like you my target is that elusive 20. Year on year I have got closer so one day maybe ....
     
  11. Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    Location:
    London
    My SLOWEST ever commute home yesterday evening! Normally takes an hour to do my 14 miles in the morning and an hour and ten in the evening.

    Got my bike from the bike storage area. Flat back tire! Slow puncture, obviously, as fine that morning. Bit under the weather so didn't want to flap about changing inner-tubes (I carry a spare) so pumped it up (tyre felt a bit soft) but ok to get me home.

    Did 9 miles in more or less normal time. Then a flat tyre.

    Put in new tyre. Pumped it up. Valve bust. What was happening that as I pumped air in air would escape. When I took the pump off the air would remain. Bugger.

    Could only pump up just about enough for the rime not to hit the pavement when I sat on the bike.

    It was wet. if I turned sharply the back wheel started to skid. Cycled home at about 9/10mph. Excruiatingly and frustratingly slow.

    But you know what? As I was going so slow (and in secondary, taking primary only at RDB going straight on and at a couple of pinch points), I was actually really relaxed when I got home. Didn't have to worry about other cars going too fast (my slow speed gave me loads of time for evasive manouevers if needed) and I didn't feel as though I was having to fight for my space on the road.

    Lesson there somewhere.
     
  12. jmcoop

    jmcoop New Member

    Commute by MTB

    Hi - just thought I'd let you know that last week I managed to break 30 mins for my 7.5 mile commute home for the first time (29m 35s). I don't think that's bad on a MTB with my 50 yr old legs and not much cycling? I have to say the ride home is more downhill than up though (I'm doing well to average over 10 mph on the way to work!). Can't go anywhere in Cornwall without major hills!!

    When I tried a different route home one day I found a hill I can do 42-43 mph going down, but the overall journey time is longer because there's about 1 mile + climb after the fast downhill. Have also discovered (by accident) that if I lean my bike against our security access card reader at work the computer registers that I'm still travelling (at 74 mph!!)
     
  13. goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Location:
    Leith, Edinburgh
    I did two consecutive sub-30 minute, 9.5 mile homeward commutes last week for the first time ever - I was pretty chuffed, I can tell you !

    Yes, there was a stiff tail-wind, but for a third of the journey I was coasting along in the traffic, only having to pedal every now and again to keep the speed from falling as I was drafting the car in front. So - had the road been clear, I'd have been off like a rocket and probably looking at at 25 minute ride instead of a 29min 25 !

    Won't be quite as fast tonight though - there's a 15 - 18mph headwind forecast for hometime :smile:
     
  14. Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    Location:
    London
    55 mins to get into work today. Average is 1hr 5min and on a good day I can do it in an hour.

    Early this am when I looked out it did not look so good. Blowy, overcast and coldy.

    Then the sun came out, wind died down. And (relatively speaking) no traffic on the roads.
     
  15. gazzaputt

    gazzaputt New Member

    Location:
    Bexley, Kent
    Did my fastest on Monday with a tailwind. 12.2 miles West Ham to Bexley in 38 minutes which includes going through the Woolwich foot tunnel. Average 17.7mph but flat speed average 25.6mph.

    Although I beat this by some margin last week on a Sunday jaunt to Ongar. 29 minutes no backpack, A Sunday early morning and a 15lb bike!