B*****y Cyclists

Cold_Collation

LE
Book Reviewer
For a professional you’d be wrong. The TdF record for a time trial, is a sustained speed of about 55.5 km/h, for over an hour. When I was riding a lot I used to reckon on anything above 25mph as approaching the kind of speed needed to think about competence. Up hill, I’m going to guess at someone line Marco Pantani (Pantini?) on the Alpe de Huez doing something like 23-24 km/h. The fastest recorded TdF speed is likely to be 130 km/h or more, downhill, obviously.

All pro riders though, so no comparison. But there are young Brits capable of sustained 50 km/h riding. You may meet one of them on the road.
I'm 50, and there some guys older than me come powering past, too.

It's a lifetime of conditioning, though. Some of the buggers have been churning it out for years.

My lowest point came when, on the almost-flat, two of them came past me just as one turned to the other and said, "I really shouldn't have had that cigar last night."

Cheers, pal. Make me feel special.
 
I showed herself and my little one the downhill videos from a page back... “That’s what I used to do at weekends.” The muttered comments from them are along the lines of, “Idiot.”

I bought herself a bike recently, she uses it occasionally but is (rightly) worried about it getting stolen. She just can’t see the fun or joy in exercise and I just can’t see the joy in a car. When the lockdown is over, it’ll be too busy for her on the roads. Hey ho.
 

Cold_Collation

LE
Book Reviewer
I showed herself and my little one the downhill videos from a page back... “That’s what I used to do at weekends.” The muttered comments from them are along the lines of, “Idiot.”

I bought herself a bike recently, she uses it occasionally but is (rightly) worried about it getting stolen. She just can’t see the fun or joy in exercise and I just can’t see the joy in a car. When the lockdown is over, it’ll be too busy for her on the roads. Hey ho.
The absolute joy of a couple of months ago of absolutely deserted back roads and the country just coming into spring.

[Sigh]
 

anglo

LE
Sure, 30 or 35mph is easily possible at the bottom of a hill. On the flat? I call bullshit.

Tour Pro: 25 to 28 mph
What do you think their top speed is to average 25 to28 mph over the mileage they do
to cover each stage, every time they drop below average speed their top speed
must increase to maintain their average, that's the law of averages,
A serous cyclist with a modern bike with something like 21 gears can piss 30 mph
Joe Blogs a fine weather cyclist can't
EDIT, Have a look cycle races that go through Lincolnshire where it's flat
 

Cold_Collation

LE
Book Reviewer
Tour Pro: 25 to 28 mph
What do you think their top speed is to average 25 to28 mph over the mileage they do
to cover each stage, every time they drop below average speed their top speed
must increase to maintain their average, that's the law of averages,
A serous cyclist with a modern bike with something like 21 gears can piss 30 mph
Joe Blogs a fine weather cyclist can't
50 years old with a seven year-old Giant TCR. I'm happy with 20mph.
 

clanky

War Hero
Well any arrsers who have old bikes they dont use, now is the time to shift them
most cycle shops have little or no stock and new stock is on back order
places like halfrauds only sell chinese shite any way
called into my local family run cycle shop today ( 4th generation) they have sold all of the Pashley traditional cycles, but still have some stock as they only sell decent bikes not cheapo junk
all the secondhand stock is long gone
spent over a hundred quid on accessories and riding gear for grandson and was treated like a human being, thats why I go there

I had arranged to purchase a secondhand hybrid MTB bike for my grandson, drove to collect it to be met with no bike, bloke says sorry I sold it to some one else for more money, you cant turn down cash can you ????
this in spite of me confirming by email I would have it, giving him my phone number and telling him I would be making the one hour journey yesterday and bringing the cash
???
I was less than pleased
hes a marked man, well his car is

found another one with a thoroughly decent chap, and collected it last night, best bit , it was a better bike !! and less money

but it seems that people are paying silly money for cycles, even on Ebay crap old stuff from the late 70s is being lauded as 1950s and rare for several thousand pounds ??
so now is the time to clean up the old clunker in the shed and advertise it
Very true. I sold my old MTB the other day on FB Marketplace. It was gone for full asking within the hour. The buyer had been trying to find a similar boggy Xc hardtail since the start of lockdown.
 

Joker62

ADC
Book Reviewer
but I would back your suggestion in supporting local bike shops.
ETA: Not that it matters much, as from what I hear, none of them have any stock anyway, including Halfords.
Agreed, I bought a bike a couple of weeks back, 2nd hand, with the view to doing it up and using it. Now 2 weeks later, it's all sorted. Parts needed included a new rear wheel and 7 speed cassette (due to the fact that the old cassette was rusted on and needed replacing, new chain, new brakes (went with hydraulic disc) and new gear shifters as the old ones were part of the old brake handles. Went to Evans and Halfords, "sorry, we don't carry that kind of stock, we only get it in if we need to repair something" and "no one does DIY repairs these days". Ended up going to my local bike shop, funnily enough around the corner from Halfords and got everything I needed and advice too, cost of parts around 150 quid in total. Spent a day putting all of the new stuff on and only stopped when it came toplumbing in the gear cables, so off to local shop again, cost of sorting the gears out - 35 quid, bargain. I rang Evans for a repair slot and they couldn't fit me in until mid f'kin August!
 
For a professional you’d be wrong. The TdF record for a time trial, is a sustained speed of about 55.5 km/h, for over an hour. When I was riding a lot I used to reckon on anything above 25mph as approaching the kind of speed needed to think about competence. Up hill, I’m going to guess at someone line Marco Pantani (Pantini?) on the Alpe de Huez doing something like 23-24 km/h. The fastest recorded TdF speed is likely to be 130 km/h or more, downhill, obviously.

All pro riders though, so no comparison. But there are young Brits capable of sustained 50 km/h riding. You may meet one of them on the road.
Yeah, I was very clearly talking about professional cyclists.

By the way, do you find that you miss the point in conservations often?
 
Tour Pro: 25 to 28 mph
What do you think their top speed is to average 25 to28 mph over the mileage they do
to cover each stage, every time they drop below average speed their top speed
must increase to maintain their average, that's the law of averages,
A serous cyclist with a modern bike with something like 21 gears can piss 30 mph
Joe Blogs a fine weather cyclist can't
EDIT, Have a look cycle races that go through Lincolnshire where it's flat
Define serious. An average club rider will not piss 30mph.
I can tell you’re an expert by your reference to 21 gears.
 

WALT

War Hero
50 on a 1947 Raleigh. I'm happy to average forwards.
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By the way, I don't wear a helmet, I wear a fedora. I know this will annoy the righteous, but let's face it, I'd look a twat wearing a helmet on that. Yes, I know, I look like one anyway.......
 
Agreed, I bought a bike a couple of weeks back, 2nd hand, with the view to doing it up and using it. Now 2 weeks later, it's all sorted. Parts needed included a new rear wheel and 7 speed cassette (due to the fact that the old cassette was rusted on and needed replacing, new chain, new brakes (went with hydraulic disc) and new gear shifters as the old ones were part of the old brake handles. Went to Evans and Halfords, "sorry, we don't carry that kind of stock, we only get it in if we need to repair something" and "no one does DIY repairs these days". Ended up going to my local bike shop, funnily enough around the corner from Halfords and got everything I needed and advice too, cost of parts around 150 quid in total. Spent a day putting all of the new stuff on and only stopped when it came toplumbing in the gear cables, so off to local shop again, cost of sorting the gears out - 35 quid, bargain. I rang Evans for a repair slot and they couldn't fit me in until mid f'kin August!
I have a wheel that was knocked out of true by a stone. Local bike shop wouldn’t touch it and referred me to a guy specialises in that kind of thing. Booked out for the next four weeks.
 
50 on a 1947 Raleigh. I'm happy to average forwards.
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By the way, I don't wear a helmet, I wear a fedora. I know this will annoy the righteous, but let's face it, I'd look a twat wearing a helmet on that. Yes, I know, I look like one anyway.......
Surely a deer-stalker is de rigueur
 
Sure, 30 or 35mph is easily possible at the bottom of a hill. On the flat? I call bullshit.

30mph is definitely possible on the flat, just because you can’t do it doesn’t make it so.

For clarity I’m by no means claiming that I can average 30mph over a long distance. But hitting and holding that isn’t that hard. I average about 25mph ish over a 40km TT
 

P.O.N.T.I

War Hero
I am 63, live in flat Lincolnshire, and am happy to complete 7.22 miles in 34 minutes.
I complete this 5 days a week.
 

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