Acceptable Commuting Pace

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Acceptable Commuting Pace

Postby stu-bim » Fri Apr 26, 2013 17:44 pm

I have been commuting for three months and enjoying it. I have a Raleigh RX 2.0, cx bike and notice that times have kinda stagnated around 1hr 20m (20.7 miles) which is average 15.5 mph, mostly as I am not pushing hard lately. Happy to be getting around 100 miles per week, healthier and losing some weight (properly). I would rather get consistent for the rest of the year than do too much too soon.

What is a acceptable commuting pace for a 20 mile RT? Something that I could aim for after a year of cycling. It is a countryside cycle with next to no traffic and obviously any hills even out on a round trip but very windy.
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Re: Acceptable Commuting Pace

Postby pangolin » Fri Apr 26, 2013 18:09 pm

3 laps of Richmond Park is 20 miles, and the general target is 1 hour. The extra .7 will make that hard, but doable now and then on a good day with kind wind.

Not every day though. Maybe 1:10 would be more of a regular target?
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Re: Acceptable Commuting Pace

Postby Drfabulous0 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 18:35 pm

I was under the impression that the only pace acceptable was slightly faster than the guy in front.

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Re: Acceptable Commuting Pace

Postby meanredspider » Fri Apr 26, 2013 18:56 pm

Far too many variables to answer: wind, elevation, temperature, road surface, bike, tyres, clothing.

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Re: Acceptable Commuting Pace

Postby MrSweary » Fri Apr 26, 2013 19:14 pm

meanredspider wrote:The key thing is improvement


This. If you are getting some personal bests each week, given comparable conditions, you're doing fine.
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Re: Acceptable Commuting Pace

Postby MonkeyMonster » Fri Apr 26, 2013 21:31 pm

pangolin wrote:3 laps of Richmond Park is 20ish miles, and the general target is 1 hour


Actually you have to be really quite fit to do this - it's not a trivial challenge...
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Re: Acceptable Commuting Pace

Postby pangolin » Fri Apr 26, 2013 22:01 pm

MonkeyMonster wrote:
pangolin wrote:3 laps of Richmond Park is 20ish miles, and the general target is 1 hour


Actually you have to be really quite fit to do this - it's not a trivial challenge...


I failed pretty miserably the first time I tried. But it wouldn't be a fun challenge if it was easy! Of course, I do have a real bike...
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Re: Acceptable Commuting Pace

Postby clarkey cat » Sat Apr 27, 2013 08:28 am

stu-bim wrote:I have been commuting for three months and enjoying it. I have a Raleigh RX 2.0, cx bike and notice that times have kinda stagnated around 1hr 20m (20.7 miles) which is average 15.5 mph, mostly as I am not pushing hard lately. Happy to be getting around 100 miles per week, healthier and losing some weight (properly). I would rather get consistent for the rest of the year than do too much too soon.

What is a acceptable commuting pace for a 20 mile RT? Something that I could aim for after a year of cycling. It is a countryside cycle with next to no traffic and obviously any hills even out on a round trip but very windy.


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Re: Acceptable Commuting Pace

Postby spasypaddy » Sat Apr 27, 2013 09:29 am

the acceptable speed when commuting is the one that gets you to and from work safely in traffic.

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Re: Acceptable Commuting Pace

Postby MonkeyMonster » Sat Apr 27, 2013 09:36 am

pangolin wrote:
MonkeyMonster wrote:
pangolin wrote:3 laps of Richmond Park is 20ish miles, and the general target is 1 hour


Actually you have to be really quite fit to do this - it's not a trivial challenge...


I failed pretty miserably the first time I tried. But it wouldn't be a fun challenge if it was easy! Of course, I do have a real bike...


Indeed I don't atm, but given that it gave my brother a reasonable 2-3 avg speed increase I am looking forward to what a "proper" bike can do... But also annoyingly put me squarely into the firing line as my fcn halves!
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Re: Acceptable Commuting Pace

Postby navt » Sat Apr 27, 2013 09:52 am

Blackheath <-> Central London 8 miles, avg. 13.8 mph safely and comfortably. My commute is not a race. It's really down to your route and mind.
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Re: Acceptable Commuting Pace

Postby meanredspider » Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:40 am

spasypaddy wrote:the acceptable speed when commuting is the one that gets you to and from work safely in traffic.


What's this "traffic" you speak of? :wink:
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Re: Acceptable Commuting Pace

Postby Agent57 » Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:34 pm

navt wrote:My commute is not a race.


Get. Out.

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Re: Acceptable Commuting Pace

Postby itboffin » Sat Apr 27, 2013 13:40 pm

meanredspider wrote:
spasypaddy wrote:the acceptable speed when commuting is the one that gets you to and from work safely in traffic.


What's this "traffic" you speak of? :wink:


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Re: Acceptable Commuting Pace

Postby Kieran_Burns » Sat Apr 27, 2013 13:55 pm

navt wrote:Blackheath <-> Central London 8 miles, avg. 13.8 mph safely and comfortably. My commute is not a race. It's really down to your route and mind.


Someone seems to think mine is :lol:

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