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    Default Life at 18 MPH

    I was reading the blog 18 MPH today and got to thinking, which is dangerous. They state "18 MPH is the sweet spot where speed, calmness and observation live together." Great thought but if this where my blog it would be "17 MPH". This is my sweet spot. At this speed I can "feel" the work, break a sweat but not end up in the hole.

    Just wondering what most peoples Life at speed is.

    As a side note this makes my 100th post. Took 3.5 years to get here but as Jerry would say "What a long strange trip it's been"

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    hey mike mine is 12 or so i am riding a s.s. 29er with 45 gear inches
    slow + careful i go on sidewalks and parks
    enjoyed the ride i did with you guys last year
    cheers
    I love bike racing

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    Depends on the terrain, I'd say. Most of my rides average 1,000 feet of climbing per 10 miles. If I could average 18 mph around here, while riding with "calmness and observation," I'd be racing for a living.
     

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    Default Re: Life at 18 MPH

    it does surprise me how often this 18mph comes up on rides.

    i dont think i have checked average speed on a solo ride in 10 yrs...
    but at the end sometimes... within a touch of 18 a lot.

    terrain the variable for sure though.
     

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    17, 18 whatever. I stopped caring about the speed. Sometimes I ride so fast I want to puke, other times, slow. It's all about enjoying yourself. Don't let anyone dictate what you should do or how fast you should go. Just go.
     

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    Default Re: Life at 18 MPH

    24.1 seems to be the sweet spot
    "make the break"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad Luskin View Post
    Depends on the terrain, I'd say. Most of my rides average 1,000 feet of climbing per 10 miles. If I could average 18 mph around here, while riding with "calmness and observation," I'd be racing for a living.
    I'm with vlad. too much up/down around here to avg 18...at least for me
     

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    I know whtat life at 18 MPH now feels like. I just drove our crew trailer back from a regatta in a raging show storm. Holy shit it is only October. I don't even have my XC skis preped yet!
     

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    I'd have to say its 10 mph offroad is my comfort speed. Faster than that, and I have no enjoyment.

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    I stopped using a cyclocomputer a few years ago so have no idea what speed any of my rides are. I do know that whatever that sweet spot speed is, it is getting slower each year.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by xjoex View Post
    I'd have to say its 10 mph offroad is my comfort speed. Faster than that, and I have no enjoyment.

    -Joe
    there are a just a handful of very short stretches around here where you could go more than 15 on dirt. most times its 10-15ish. make a mistake and you are off the edge 100' down an embankment or else you have hit a redwood tree hard. either way not good for the teeth. these are not trails for armor or full face. just in the woods and tight
     

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    On the road, cranking it on the flats with a tailwind and some kind of biomechanical blessing in my legs, 25mph feels like flying to me. But my inescapable average is around 18-19mph. Like my shadow following me, stuck to my feet. Or my wheels as the case may be.
     

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    I don't equate any "sweet spot" with my average speed; I would equate it with my typical speed. And, more specifically, typical cruising speed on flat ground, with no headwind.

    Because you don't get off the bike at the end of a ride and think "wow, I was really in the sweet spot all day today, I wonder what my average speed was?"
    Rather, you notice you're in the sweet spot while you're riding...and then you look down and see "ah, there I am at Nmph...again." Which is why it's The Sweet Spot®, because you keep finding yourself there, effortlessly.

    Perhaps not surprisingly, my sweet spot has gone up as I've become a better cyclist. I distinctly remember when it was 18mph (about 4 or 5 years ago), and even recall discussing with my wife how it seemed like there was a barrier between 18 & 19, and breaking that barrier required a very concious increase in effort. These days my sweet spot seems to be around 21mph: Under "normal" conditions it's effortless to get there and hang all day while still feeling very connected and present and aware...but getting it up to 22 requires a very focussed push, as much (if not more) of a mental effort as a physical one.

    My average speed always winds up quite a few mph lowerthan my typical cruising speed. That's just par for the course with all the traffic lights between my house and the start of the fun roads.
    Last edited by Bob Ross; 10-31-2011 at 10:50 AM.
     

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    The only time I know how fast I am going is when I pass one of those radar gadgets along the road that lights up when it senses something coming its way. I've had the chance a few times this fall to ride down in the valley, and my speed is in the 18- 20 range, depending whether I have many gears or only one.
    But I long ago gave up calculating speed. The only consideration now is time, and how much I will spend either riding or skiing. Two to three hours is about it for me. That's the sweet spot. What beats all is when I come home and have to go to bed I'm so spanked.
     

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    Default Re: Life at 18 MPH

    20 kmh

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntLockyer View Post
    20 kmh
    Agreed.
    (in both rate and unit of measure...)
     

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    I was thinking about this the other day. Most of our riding is done on the Pacific Coast Highway. On weekends the number of riders in groups just blows us away, and they are fast. We are improving and usually move along the PCH at 16-18 mph, and we pass no one. We were at the corner of Warner and the PCH at a light when we were engulfed by 20+ riders. I asked them to go ahead since we were probably slower. He said they were very slow and rode only about 20 mph. They went passed, we were up to 17 mph and were left way behind,

    All I can say is that we are getting faster. My wife's spin is superior and I am getting better. We go up the hills a lot faster, but I think the sweet spot to where we need to be seems like it is a long way off.
    Livin The Dream in Surf City USA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mud View Post

    All I can say is that we are getting faster. My wife's spin is superior and I am getting better. We go up the hills a lot faster, but I think the sweet spot to where we need to be seems like it is a long way off.
    Completely disagree. You are in a spot where you need to be to find a different level and it will come sooner than you think.
    Read that in a Phil Jackson book or something.
    "Old and standing in the way of progress"

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    Been computerless for many years, too. The body knows...

    velocity.gif
     

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    The computer can be a plus and an anchor ...
     

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