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Why aren't Tour de France riders going any faster?

I was having a look at the average speeds of the winner of the Tour de France over the years on this page. To help things along I put the data into LibreOffice and produced a plot: I put on the ...
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What is a reasonable speed for long distances on a bike?

I am curious what a reasonable speed to travel on a bike is. Speed will obviously vary based on the conditions in which you are riding. I am planning on taking the GPS out with me this weekend to ...
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How can you speed a road-bike up?

So, I have an 80's raleigh bike, reassembled from spare parts. I'm wondering what the best way to get more speed out of the bike is. Wheels? Gears? Lighter gear? Different pedals? I'm rather fond ...
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What are the most significant factors affecting downhill cruising speed?

When I'm riding with my friend, I notice that he rolls down hills significantly faster than me. We can be riding next to each other, both in a similar aerodynamic position, but if we both coast he ...
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Why am I slow on flat surfaces?

I've been riding about 300 miles a week for the last 2 years. I'm not riding in races, just riding with friends. I always ride 60+ miles (95+ km), and I'm in excellent shape. I have a low end road ...
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Can I ride faster with a bike jersey?

I normally wear a cotton t-shirt when I ride. If I get a bike jersey, how much difference will the reduced air resistance make at, for example, 20 mph? I realize it's not possible to be precise, but I ...
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Fixie vs Road Bike - the right fixie bike for bunch rides

At our local bunch rides, we're seeing more and more guys out on fixies and they are going at a phenomenal pace. We have a local segment called the "Chicken Run" (and it's flat) and this one guy in an ...
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What skills/drills should I learn to descend faster and more confidently? (for mountain biking)

I've ridden road and mountain bikes for years, and this is my first year riding as a part of a team (and actually doing races). I've been stuck at nearly the same level of skill when descending and ...
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How difficult would it be to maintain 17.5 Mph for an hour?

Whats a good target speed to maintain inside a velodrome for an hour? I believe Bradley Wiggins maintained an average speed of around 35 Mph for an hour, how difficult would it be to maintain half ...
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Legs are very weak

So, I've been riding at different levels of difficulty for years now, from a 33lb, one gear bmx to a 21 speed, 44lb mountain bike, and now to a 22lb, 21 speed road bike. Each bike had its own ...
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How fast do you need to be going to get an effective slipstream on a bike?

How fast do you need to be going to get an effective slipstream on a bike?
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Why aren't average speeds computed over distance?

Average speed is computed so that average speed = total distance / total time. This means that if you go up a hill, which takes a long time, your average speed drops. This isn't regained on the ...
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What is the most efficient way to ride up or down hills, and into or away from wind?

I'm trying to work out how hard I should push myself when riding up or down a hill. Similarly, how hard should I push myself when riding into, or away from, or perpendicular to wind? My aim is to ...
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Does a 700c wheel help you go faster?

Someone suggested going with a 700c wheel to go faster, and after thinking about it I am wondering if a larger wheel actually does go faster. I understand that your gears will cause a wheel to rotate ...
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How do you shift your weight when leaning on a turn?

When I turn I usually shift my weight on the same side I'm turning to. To ease the discussion let's assume we are turning left, on a paved road (no mud/gravel/potholes/grease/oil/ice/door traps). I ...
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Will increased weight make me go downhill faster?

I have had this question for a while. I want to know how I can get down a hill as fast as I can. So, I was wondering if increasing the weight of a bike increases the speed on downhill stretches, or ...
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Why does reducing bike weight have such an impact on speeds?

I am trying to understand the physics of bike weight. I have just made a switch from an 11Kg road bike to an 8Kg one (obviously there are many more factors and differences between the 2 bikes other ...
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How do I descend faster on the straightaway?

I've heard a lot of advice about descending mountain roads involving cornering and braking. I want to know how to go faster when descending on the long straightaway. Is it worth pedaling at speeds ...
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Why exactly did Boardman manage a further distance than Wiggins?

In light of Bradley Wiggins' recent hour record of 54.526km, I heard a lot about how Chris Boardman has the absolute record of 56.375km. What I didn't hear and (hence my question) what I want to know ...
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What are typical max speeds for pro downhill races?

Looking videos like Red Bull Rampage or Mega Avalanche make me wonder about the speeds attained by those pro bikers. How fast they go in straight line sections?
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Which components affects downhill speed? [closed]

So my riding buddy can never keep up with me downhill. I'm slightly heavier than him (5-10lbs). I have an older non aero bike. He has a newer aero bike. His is probably a few lbs lighter than ...
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At what slope will the best bikes keep a constant speed?

At what slope will the best bikers (in terms of aerodynamics) on the best bikes roll at a constant speed at 80 km/h on an asphalt surface on a dry day? The reason for this question is because it gives ...
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what does a 22 gear bike look like?

I read that road bikes on average have around 22 gears and mountain bikes up to 30-40. But my hybrid only has gears numbered 1-3 on the left hand and gears numbered 1-8 on the right, so my bike's a 8 ...
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Sources of vibration at high speed in and around rear wheel

I’m experiencing vibration somewhere in the rear half of the bicycle when descending at high speed (say more than 30 mph), and I haven’t been able to pinpoint the cause. Everything looks fine, ...
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Flat land speed development

I guess I'll start off by saying that I am not a necessarily experienced rider. After years of doing ultra-marathon running I decided to move to triathlon to cross train. I signed up for a 70.3 a few ...
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How fast can my bike go?

I have an old mountain bike and want to change to a Pashley style girlie bike. I use my bike to go to the shops, pop to places and go out and about with my dog running along side. I find the seating ...
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How does weight and strength of a person effects the riding of bicycle at higher speeds?

I weigh very low about 56 kilograms and height is 5 feet 6 inches.I use a hybrid for fun and commuting. While riding i use the hishest gear on my bike always i.e 48 tooth front and 11 tooth back. I ...
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How do I estimate how long it will take me to ride my commute?

How can a cyclist, new to commuting by bike and not all that experienced in riding, estimate how long a commute will take? I have been riding for 4 days to and from work. 156km over over 4 days. I'd ...
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difference in aero bar design

I see that there are many types of aero bars, i.e., different designs. I am going to buy one but I am not sure which one is better. Here are two types of aero bar designs: Type1 Type2 The ...
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What is the braking (stopping) distance for bicycles?

A vehicle driver must keep enough braking distance (aka stopping distance) between him/her and a vehicle in front in order to avoid collision. It depends on the driving speed. What is the braking ...
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How is Sir Bradley Wiggins 3D printing his titanium handlebars?

I just read an article about how Sir Bradley Wiggins is going to try to break the 1 hour distance record soon. In it they mention One of the unique new features is a set of 3D printed titanium ...
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Is a 29.5 km/h average speed decent for a 90 km ride (on road) with an elevation of 1200 m?

I have been riding about 150 km a week commuting and on the weekend. I frequently do rides over 80 km. I'm riding a carbon cyclocross (Ridkey x-fire) with slicks. My latest ride was on the ...
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Replacing an 8-speed cassette with a 9-speed one to make my bike faster

I'd like to make my 8-speed tokyobike Classic Sport city bike go faster so I'm considering replacing the 8-speed cassette with a 9-speed one which can be found on the tokyobike Sport. The bike has ...
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What sort of bicycle helmet gives me better speed?

I am working to improve my segment times on Strava riding 10km to/from work. My average speed is 32 kmph, and over short segments (1km) I can set avg speed 44 kmph / max 49. Over the last year I ...
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Why is cycling on a road so much faster than cycling on a cycle path?

I normally cycle on a cycle path and I struggle to go over 10Mph on my bike for any distance. My Daily commute took me 58 to 42 minutes depending on how much I push myself. This morning and yesterday ...
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How much faster will I be if I lose 10kg (from 100kg, all else equal)

All else being equal (power output, weather, wind resistance, etc.), how much faster will I be if I lose 10kg (going from 100kg to 90kg) while riding? Acceleration and climbing might be much ...
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Are flat handlebars stable at high speed?

I live in a mountainous area, and so there are lots of opportunities for descending at high speed. I currently have a bike with drop bars, and when in the drops, I feel very stable doing this. I am ...
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Speed and Cadence Bike Sensor Opinions

I'm looking to start tracking my speed and cadence for my iOS app, Cycle Meter. The app works great for distance, time, but is not accurate at all for measuring my speed. So I'm thinking of buying ...
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Spinning bike speed vs outdoor ride speed

I have been riding indoor on spin bike and I average 40 km/h, would someone help me translate these speed to outdoor cycling?
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Are folding bikes less efficient than full sized bikes?

I've recently been touring with my Birdy folder, and people constantly ask me if it's hard work to tour on a folding bike. Compared to my normal sized bike (which has the same gearing, 8-speed ...
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Can I upgrade to a 11 speed freehub or do I need to change everything?

I have a set of Shimano WH-RS10 hubs on my bike. Can I upgrade to a 11 speed freehub or do I need to change everything? If not what would I need to upgrade to 11 speed wheel?
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Options for replacing a 7 speed Shimano cassette / chain

I would like to replace my 7 speed HG70 cassette and chain. My problem is that it is increasingly difficult to find quality parts for 7 speed system. My bike is a Trek 970 from 1993, originally with ...
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Speed and the sizes of tires/gears

Does the speed of a normal mountain bike vary according to the diameter of the wheels? If it does, will a larger diameter increase the speed or decrease it? Similarly, if the speed varies according ...
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Effects of design on speed?

I'd like to understand more about how the design of a bike affects its speed (assume a normal, two-wheeled bike with gears). Can I assume that weight has little effect, on level ground, except when ...
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Do higher speed crashes result in less serious injuries.

I have heard that the severity of injuries tend to decrease while riding a road bike at high speed. An instance of high speed would be like those in the Tour de France. The reasoning behind this idea ...
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Speed and comfort of a racing bicycle?

I just saw this guy called Jason Rourke breaking the record of 112.94mph (181km/h) on his bicycle. I wish I could have such a bicycle to ride, but I have never ridden a racing bicycle with gears. I ...
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Bike Speedometer Accuracy [duplicate]

What factors should one look for when purchasing a speedometer? Does wired vs wireless or anything else factor into its accuracy?
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Switching to touring bicycle: Performance considerations

I'm using a road bike more than 2 years for holiday tours and commuting. Merida Scultura 903 Shimano Tiagra groupset (50-34, 12-28) 8-9 kg 700x23 tyres Now i have plans to switch to touring ...
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How do I choose a light GPS device supporting Strava? [closed]

Up til now I have ridden with Strava running on my mobile phone sitting in a special mobile phone holder which sits up on my handlebars. Now I am looking for a better solution, both more aerodynamic ...
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Is it better fitness-wise to ride at the maximum gear?

I just wanted to know if I will be doing more effort while riding at the maximum gear all the time, rather than changing gears constantly. My commute is an hour long, but I want it to be tougher on ...