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Toronto Bike Meetup Message Board › Determine your riding speed

Determine your riding speed

Andy Z.
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Toronto, ON
Post #: 4
It has come up a couple of times that not everyone has a good idea of just how fast they are comfortable riding.

So, I have devised a test that you can take yourself to see just how fast you are. Knowing this, you'll be able to pick rides organized by Toronto Bike Meetup that fit your comfort level.

Visit­ to see a map of the test trail. It is along the bike path that runs through Sunnyside Park at Toronto's lake shore. Basically the route goes from the middle of the white Humber River bridge at the very west end of the park all the way until you reach the gates for Ontario Place. It is a 4.6km ride.

Here is a handy chart that will tell you how fast you were going, depending on how long it took you.

Minutes to complete the ride
| Your speed
| |
5 min 55 km/h
6 min 46 km/h
7 min 39 km/h
8 min 34 km/h
9 min 30 km/h
10 min 27 km/h
12 min 23 km/h
14 min 20 km/h
16 min 18 km/h
19 min 15 km/h
23 min 12 km/h
27 min 10 km/h
30 min 9 km/h

For those of you with trip computers on your bikes, also take heed that your average speed will generally be lower than the speed you see on your readout while you're going fast. If you're struggling up a hill, you're less likely to be checking out your speed, but that still counts towards your average! If you ride 20km/h on average, you'll probably hit 25km/h on most downhills, especially if you like to keep pedaling while going down.

While speed is not everything about bike riding, it is a basic benchmark that will help you pick rides that are comfortable for you.
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