Will I always be this slow?!

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by fizzy, 18 Jun 2008.

  1. fizzy

    fizzy New Member


    Recently begun communiting just a couple of times a week from essex to central london - 11 miles...

    It takes about an hour - does this sound right?

    Everyone seems to fly past me.... I think I have to be the slowest person on the mile end road ever!
  2. spindrift

    spindrift New Member

    That's faster than me mate, 40 minutes for a seven miler along part of yopur commute.
  3. HelenD123

    HelenD123 Veteran

    I started off doing 8 miles in about 50 minutes so that's pretty similar. I've got it down to about 37 minutes riding sporadically over a couple of months so your time will soon improve. I'm sure I can reduce my time further with a bit of effort. Have you got a computer? It was pretty satisfying seeing my speeds go up.
  4. Riding in Circles

    Riding in Circles Veteran

    I do a regular 11 mile run but it is pretty much clear of traffic, takes me 38 minutes but I have been cycling for 30 years plus the trike is more or less my primary transport now.
  5. cupoftea

    cupoftea New Member

    Fizzy Yes

    Only Joking :-)

    I cycle the mile end road, and as you do it more often you'll get quicker, a number of those overtaking you have been doing this for years everyday, so don't feel bad, at least your doing it and hopefully enjoying yourself and saving money!
  6. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I do the mile end road joining at Stratford and must admit that I seem to be quite quick compared to most other cyclists. I don't know why as I am not that fit or muscly but just seem to have the gift of being able to go pretty quick on a bike. Speed is far from being the most important thing though, being able to ride safely in the traffic is pretty high up there and just as importantly is the ability to just relax and enjoy yourself on the bike. So what if some idiots fly by? Just let 'em go, relax, look around and feel sorry for those poor b***ards in their cars, on the tubes, in the buses etc. ;)
  7. Alcdrew

    Alcdrew Senior Member

    It's not a bad starting speed, and depending on your route should easily improve.

    I do a 7 mile commute which both ways is very hilly so takes me any where between 30 and 40 mins depending on how much effort I want to put in to it.
  8. andyfromotley

    andyfromotley New Member

    Otley, west yorks
    probably not, most people get quicker as they get fitter. Others just dont worry about times. Well done for commuting by bike though.great isnt it.
  9. OP

    fizzy New Member


    Yes I have got bike computer just need to fit it! In my head I blamed my poor knowledge of gears (clearly it has nothing to do with that whatsoever)...

    So glad I have taken the plunge..it beats the central line anyday that's for sure....
  10. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Let's see if your still saying that come mid December! ;)
  11. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member


    That sounds fine to me. I have a seven mile commute which takes me about 35 minutes (or about 12.5 mph average). You may find that your time improves after a bit but you'll probably find it's limited by the number of traffic lights etc that you have to stop at.

    What kind of bike do you have? If you're riding a mountain bike you might get a bit of an instant boost by changing the tyres from wide knobbly ones to some slimmer, slicker ones.
  12. OP

    fizzy New Member

    haha - very true......
  13. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Takes time, takes time. The speed will come.
  14. OP

    fizzy New Member

    I have a spesh sirrus... you're definately right about the lights and junctions they definatley have a big impact... I'd be happy to do it in 50mins which I think is achievable - then it would take the same time as the tube...
  15. redjedi

    redjedi Über Member

    It doesn't sound too bad to me. My 7.5m commute takes about 35mins and I've been cycling for just over a year.
    My previous commute was only 3.5m in north London and took me 25-30 mins (figure that out).

    But you will get faster.

    Do you get home all out of breath and sweating like a pig, or take it easy?

    I like to take it easy into work and go as fast (but safe) as possible on the journey home. This has helped me loose a lot of weight and get fitter.
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