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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:40 pm 
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I've just got back into road cycling after a 12 month layoff. Fat (34 years old, 195lbs @ 5ft10) and unfit, I can manage 12.2mph with two big hills on a light carbon road bike (7.6kg all up) after 7 days since I started.

What would be a good speed to aim for a fit person?

I would assume something like this:

Unfit / novice: 9 - 13mph

Fit person / club rider: 15 - 18mph

Elite Athlete / Professional: 21 - 30mph

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:44 pm 
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about one per year.........


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:50 pm 
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I sympathise!

Just been out on a club run on a heavy raleigh 501 club frame, 7 non indexed gears and mudguards, and we rattled round at an average of 18mph with some good undulations throughout. Pretty puffed out though!!

I reckon your estimates are about right, but a big part of the higher average speeds is probably due to riding in a bunch, and the fact that pride drives you on to try and keep up with the new carbon stuff. :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:19 am 
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About 18-20+ mph average here when i am in a group and never stop at all, when i am on my own the time drops and i stop far more, i normally ride 50 - 60 miles a week so would describe myself as reasonably fit.

When i started properly around 6 months ago my average was 12/14 so you are about right, you will be surprised how quickly you average speed will go up :D


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:23 am 
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I struggle to get a 10mph moving average on my touring bike, I can get a speed upon the flat but the hills kill me. I'm just starting again after a 12 month or so layoff also, and was only at it about a couple of years before that, so fairly unfit and heavy :(

Although with the touring bike I guess if the low gears are there you tend to use them so end up slower. I've bought a cadence sensor for my Garmin to try and work on getting my cadence up.


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My average on my first 100 mile ride was just over 15mph but it was pretty level.
I'm no way bike fit and about 5kg heavier than i want to be, hair falling out of head and growing elsewhere, family commitments etc etc so can only get out once a week at mo if i'm lucky! :cry:


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:45 am 
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Everyone is different. Stop worrying and ride the thing.You will pass some and some will pass you. Tis the way it is.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:09 pm 
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otherself wrote:
I would assume something like this:
Unfit / novice: 9 - 13mph
Fit person / club rider: 15 - 18mph
Elite Athlete / Professional: 21 - 30mph
???


Well to me the above speeds is a cock and bull to me ! It all depends how you feel when your out on the bike at that time.

There be days when if feel like plodding along at 9-14mph around the back lanes of Nottinghamshire on my own,
but some days i feel like putting the hammer down[gulp what did i just say] and ride at an average of 20mph over 50 miles,
or if i'm in a group i can easily go for along time around the 22-35mph mark.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:51 pm 
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half cog wrote:
Everyone is different. Stop worrying and ride the thing.You will pass some and some will pass you. Tis the way it is.
peter


The wise words of the day I say :)


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:39 pm 
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I always think average speed is a bit of a misnomer tbh. If you are riding in traffic, and dealing with junctions, lights and other street furniture you're forever slowing, stopping and starting again. Where I live, South London, it's at least 10 miles before I hit roads that I can actually get going on. The first and last ten miles are like a warm-up/warm down! The thing is just to find a pace that your comfortable with, you'll soon be able to build up your stamina and pace with time, and as Ian says it's a lot quicker if you're riding with a mate/group, and softer on the legs too :D Today I did a 60 mile ride, alone, it was pretty hilly (up and down) and averaged 17/18 miles, which is normally what I seem to end up with, which seems OK.


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