Long commutes....what's your average mph?

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by racereeves, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. racereeves

    racereeves New Member

    I work about 21 miles from home. I've decided, weather permitting, that I would ride everyday that I could to work. About two years ago I bought a beautiful Jeep Grand Cherokee. 4x4 with a V8. Love it but it sure does suck up the gas. After doing the math I bought a cheap used Dodge Neon. I actually save about $150 bucks a month driving it. Now it seems that I'm still throwin' gas into it all of the time. I'm fed up with all of this wasteful spending on fuel!!!
    So far the bike has done beautifully. I have a "70" cc engine that keeps me pretty comfortable on my 21 mile trip to work. Yesterday, on my way home a motorcyclist pulled along side me and started asking me questions. Turns out he has one of the Chinese motors too on a trek mountain bike. He asked me if I usually run it WOT. I said heck no! I want it to last. It seems to run really smooth at around 25 mph with lots of throttle left. I feel comfortable, the bike feels like it's running smooth without a lot of vibration. I think it's a nice comfortable speed to travel.
    I'm curious as to what the average speed is of those of you who commute a fairly long distance to work/school everyday.

  2. I cruise at 15 to 18 mph whether it's on my 70cc 2 stroke frame or my Titan rack mount.
    My reason is that it's still a bicycle and the slower speeds are easier on the bike parts.
    Also I can smell the roses better and the longer commute is a PLUS. And I'm more accepted on the bike trails because I'm not going roadie speeds.
  3. racereeves

    racereeves New Member

    What kind of bicycle is your 70cc mounted on? Mine is a Giant hybrid. Well made with high end components. It seems to run really smooth at 23-25 mph.
  4. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    I am riding almost every day and a nice cruising speed seems to be around 18 to 22 mph.. Yes, I relate to what Large Filipino states above -- at slower speeds -- not such a race -- time to truly -- look around.. Happy Riding from - Mountainman
  5. racereeves

    racereeves New Member

  6. I remember that thread! Yea,that's a nice setup.
    Another thing I forgot to mention is at the slower speeds I cruise at,it's nice to know I can accelerate whenever I feel the need! Like when I pass some admirers gawking at my bike. I'll wholeheartedly admit I like the attention. It rules!
  7. racereeves

    racereeves New Member

    True! It rocks. I put 89 cents worth of gas in yesterday at the station and the manager had to come out and see what the heck i was pumping gas into. lol He's wants one and the two clerks inside were asking tons of questions. It's been a great experience!
  8. MasterLink

    MasterLink Member

    i run mine at 30 ish i have missed one day of work on my 4 banger i ride in rain also. i have some nice rain gear that travels with me well 2 days i lost the master fist trip out so after the first pull its been good to me the bike computer says i avg. 20 mph and do 25 miles round trip work 40 hrs a week cost me 260 in gas save 10 hrs a week not taking the bus and train iam so in love still ohh i get to work in about 45 mins. bus was about 2hrs whoo hoooo

    hay race i like that bike i have test rode it very cozy indeed
  9. DetonatorTuning

    DetonatorTuning Active Member

    35mph last 2 weeks. working at getting my jetting super fine tuned, and have a gearing trick up my sleeve that might work out to drop my rpms by 630, which woul dallow me to run 40mph AND use less gas too.

    more later,
  10. TracyT

    TracyT Member

    I run about 18mph. I ride through mostly residential neighborhoods and am watching for cars and kids, so I figure that's plenty. Of course, I expect mine will only top out at 25mph or so (33.5cc friction kit), but I haven't opened it up, yet.

    At 18mph I feel like I can stop in a hurry, dodge things and still hear the kids in the neighborhood. I enjoy hearing, "Wow, that old guy has a motor on his bicycle!"
  11. Jmnmaui

    Jmnmaui Guest

    commute speeds

    I cruise on my 4-stroke mountain bike at about 20-25. It can do 30 if I want but it's a huangsheng engine so I'm being good to it.
  12. lennyharp

    lennyharp Member

    I am building a second bike that I hope goes above 30 mph on a mountain bike frame. I am building it extra strong using downhill parts. Downhill racers are hitting speeds in excess of 60 mph with a bike that weighs about 30 pounds complete. They are relatively safe for several reasons. The parts are built extra strong with high quality materials and workmanship. For instance I will use US made Stainless Wheelsmith spokes that are 2.35 mm at the bend and 2.0 mm the rest of the spoke length. This is what the racers have found is needed to not break spokes.

    I will use Deore and Deore XT hubs, Hayes 8 inch hydraulic disk brakes, the down hill spokes, a wider rim as well as heavier stronger downhill tires. That makes up a critical part of the bike it's control and stopping power. Wherever I can I analyze the part, it's use and what is available for performance fast riding. If it is too light I look for better stronger parts. With the frame I can reinforce or rebuild to what I think is strong.

    The mechanical maintenance is just as important as all the rest. Yesterday I was tightening up a loosening threadless headset. In the process I discovered why it had loosened, a breaking pincher bolt in the stem. Fortunately good stems have 2 pincher bolts so mine did not fall apart but gave a warning that something was not right. You have to read these signs of part failure and do maintenance to find if anything is breaking. I try to do pretty good maintenance checks every 2 hundred miles. Daily I do a less thourough one but it often finds problems before the problems get bad.

    I hope with all this expense of money and time I can almost guarantee a safe ride. Who would live if they needed a 100 percent guarantee, so I just ride my best with the best equipment I can have. I may not need a faster ride but I think I do want power to climb hills and speed out of intersections and other dangerous situations.
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2008
  13. alex

    alex Guest

    I ride at exactly 29.3 mph, that's my sweet spot where the motor runs perfect.
    And 20 in neighborhoods.
  14. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Looks like I'm one of the slow ones. Riding to work I average about 5 mph on my pedal bike and about 10mph on my motor assisted bike.
  15. KiDD

    KiDD Member

    I pretty much run it WOT most of the time.... I do run it with a bit of extra oil for insurance. It runs smoothest at WOT for me and makes the least amount of noise... it's also very fun.
  16. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    I have a 70cc on a 26" beach cruiser, 44T sprocket. I cruise at 20 - 23 mph. I want to see how long I can make my engine last.
  17. turbo/chaos

    turbo/chaos Guest

    stock 30 maxed out special build 47mph
  18. JemmaUK

    JemmaUK Guest

    Average speed for my last long run was 25mph over 21 miles.

    I tend to run WOT because I get vibration and clutch wibbles at speeds lower than 25-26mph for some reason

    Jemma xx
  19. racereeves

    racereeves New Member

    I've never taken my bike WOT before until this weekend. Seems to go right up to about 30 mph without much problem. I don't keep it there for very long. I run Amsoil at 25:1 mixture. Everything seems to run perfectly. I did notice a little more power when I ran it 32:1 but it's been a little hotter here and I thought the extra oil would be good for the engine riding in 90 degree weather. I ordered a Boost Bottle that should come this week. I'm anxious to see the effects it will have on the performance.
    I think that anything above 30 mph is really unnecessary right now. I enjoy the 23 to 25 mph sweetspot. I feel like I'm movin pretty good and what's even more awesome is that I left for work last week with a full tank...to work - 21 miles...home - 21 miles...a trip to Taco Bell just for the heck of it 3 miles. When I got home there was still enough gas in the tank to cover the curved ridge on the bottom of the tank. I figure I had a good 10 miles left. Now that's hypermileing baby!!