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Acceptable Commuting Pace

stu-bimstu-bim Posts: 406
edited April 2013 in Commuting chat
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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  • pangolinpangolin Posts: 3,116
    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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  • Drfabulous0Drfabulous0 Posts: 1,539
    I was under the impression that the only pace acceptable was slightly faster than the guy in front.
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    Far too many variables to answer: wind, elevation, temperature, road surface, bike, tyres, clothing.

    The key thing is improvement
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  • MrSwearyMrSweary Posts: 1,699
    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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  • MonkeyMonsterMonkeyMonster Posts: 4,628
    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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  • pangolinpangolin Posts: 3,116
    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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  • clarkey catclarkey cat Posts: 3,641
    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.

    If you're commuting in Barbados just take your time and enjoy the view.
  • spasypaddyspasypaddy Posts: 5,731
    the acceptable speed when commuting is the one that gets you to and from work safely in traffic.
  • MonkeyMonsterMonkeyMonster Posts: 4,628
    pangolin 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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  • navtnavt Posts: 374
    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.
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    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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  • Agent57Agent57 Posts: 2,300
    navt wrote:
    My commute is not a race.

    Get. Out.

    :lol:
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  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,761
    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:

    Nope doesnt ring a bell
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  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    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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