Boards.ie uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Click here to find out more x
Post Reply  
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
06-11-2007, 11:08   #1
Vegeta
Moderator
 
Vegeta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 10,187
Cycle 23 miles, how long??

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 is offline  
Advertisement
06-11-2007, 11:18   #2
penexpers
Closed Account
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 4,005
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.
penexpers is offline  
06-11-2007, 11:25   #3
Membrane
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 344
Quote:
Originally Posted by penexpers View Post
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.
Membrane is offline  
06-11-2007, 11:27   #4
Ghost Rider
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 1,844
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.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Vegeta View Post
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??
Ghost Rider is offline  
06-11-2007, 11:55   #5
Vegeta
Moderator
 
Vegeta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 10,187
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
Vegeta is offline  
Advertisement
06-11-2007, 14:27   #6
kincsem
Closed Account
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 4,007
91 minutes.
kincsem is offline  
06-11-2007, 20:32   #7
King Kelly
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 274
Quote:
Originally Posted by penexpers View Post
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!
King Kelly is offline  
06-11-2007, 22:12   #8
blorg
Registered User
 
blorg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Thailand
Posts: 15,936
Quote:
Originally Posted by kincsem View Post
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 ;-)
blorg is offline  
06-11-2007, 22:26   #9
Blowfish
 
Blowfish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: /dev/null
Posts: 4,312
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vegeta View Post
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.
Blowfish is offline  
Advertisement
06-11-2007, 22:37   #10
blorg
Registered User
 
blorg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Thailand
Posts: 15,936
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 ;-)
blorg is offline  
07-11-2007, 00:19   #11
Planet X
Registered User
 
Planet X's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Stillorgan
Posts: 2,346
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.
Planet X is offline  
07-11-2007, 02:16   #12
John_C
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 953
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.
John_C is offline  
07-11-2007, 09:03   #13
Raam
Registered User
 
Raam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Dublin
Posts: 12,353
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vegeta View Post
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?
Raam is offline  
07-11-2007, 11:48   #14
Vegeta
Moderator
 
Vegeta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 10,187
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
Vegeta is offline  
07-11-2007, 12:01   #15
Raam
Registered User
 
Raam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Dublin
Posts: 12,353
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.
Raam is offline  
Post Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Remove Text Formatting
Bold
Italic
Underline

Insert Image
Wrap [QUOTE] tags around selected text
 
Decrease Size
Increase Size
Please sign up or log in to join the discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



Share Tweet