Vegeta Moderator
#1

Ok I am a complete n00b, as in, I know how to cycle but have never done any serious cycling in my life

How long would it take your average joe to cycle 23 miles??

penexpers Closed Account
#2

It's impossible to be accurate because of so many different factors (type of bike, weather, uphill/downhill, through traffic, in the country). If it's in the open country on a flat surface with a hybrid, 35-40km/hour would be the speed I would be expecting to do.

Membrane Registered User
#3

penexpers said:
If it's in the open country on a flat surface with a hybrid, 35-40km/hour would be the speed I would be expecting to do.


Not something a novice should expect though.

Ghost Rider Registered User
#4

Assuming it's on flat ground, you're not constantly stopping for traffic lights (- see thread elsewhere), and you're reasonably fit, I'd say you'd manage it in 80 - 120 minutes.

Vegeta said:
Ok I am a complete n00b, as in, I know how to cycle but have never done any serious cycling in my life

How long would it take your average joe to cycle 23 miles??

Vegeta Moderator
#5

Ok should have been more clear sorry

Its all on a national roadway so fairly flat and assume a hybrid style bike on the side of road racer

Thanks guys

kincsem Closed Account
#6

91 minutes.

King Kelly Registered User
#7

penexpers said:
It's impossible to be accurate because of so many different factors (type of bike, weather, uphill/downhill, through traffic, in the country). If it's in the open country on a flat surface with a hybrid, 35-40km/hour would be the speed I would be expecting to do.


I think 35/40kph average for a newbie would be fairly optimistic. Most club touring rides with experienced cyclists would only average 17/18mph (27/29kph). For most racing cyclists breaking the hour for 25 miles (ie 40kph average) is rite of passage.

Most of us regular cyclists could manage the 35/40kph for 23 miles but you'll be sweaty, thirsty and there won't be much chat on the ride!

blorg Registered User
#8

kincsem said:
91 minutes.
...and 14 seconds. Presuming you are going in a north-north-easterly direction.

Seriously, if you are completely new to cycling I would guess a (flat ground, no wind) average in the high teens/low 20s (km/h) range- which might give you around 100-110 mins. (Similar to Ghost Rider's estimate.)

35-40km/h hour average on a hybrid is ludicrous talk. The type of person that can cycle 35-40km/h on a hybrid does not ride a hybrid ;-)

Blowfish Registered User
#9

Vegeta said:
Ok I am a complete n00b, as in, I know how to cycle but have never done any serious cycling in my life

How long would it take your average joe to cycle 23 miles??
How do you define average joe? If it's someone who has rarely cycled before and there is any sort of incline, their legs won't actually survive 23 miles.

blorg Registered User
#10

Good point, it's far enough for someone who has no cycling at all, although if you are in any way fit and put in some minimal preparation you should manage it OK. Cycling shorts are a good idea or your arse may give out before your legs ;-)

Planet X Registered User
#11

Sounds very fast as far as I'm concerned!

35/40 kph?

40kph is about 25mph. I've just started training for next season, club rider/racer and, at the moment I'm doing about 120 miles a week at about 15/17 mph.

Well done. I'll tip my chapeau to you.
The TdF guys are doing 50k odd TT's at 30mph. speed.
You seem to have the legs.

John_C Registered User
#12

When I started out I'd stop half way for about 20 mins to eat a bar of chocolate and drink something so you might want to include that in your time.

I'd also recommend bringing along an allen key to adjust the height of your saddle or handlebars if your shoulder muscles get stiff but this might be less of a problem if your bike has flat handlebars.

Raam Registered User
#13

Vegeta said:
Ok I am a complete n00b, as in, I know how to cycle but have never done any serious cycling in my life

How long would it take your average joe to cycle 23 miles??


What is the purpose of your trip?

Vegeta Moderator
#14

I was trying to see if cycling to work was an option

We have a shower in work so sweat wouldn't be a problem but it seems a little un-realistic to achieve

Raam Registered User
#15

It's certainly quite a distance for starting off, but definitely possible.
I had a look through my logs and the closest I could find was a 35km trip (21miles). Your trip is 37km. My trip took me 77 minutes and included two ascents of Howth (and obviously two descents ). Try the trip at the weekend so you can get a feel for it. Don't worry if it's a struggle at first, it doesn't take long to get into the swing of things.

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