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2012 Detailed Cycling Log

Updated on February 9, 2013

Bikes Used in 2012 Rides.

The Supercycle XTI 21DS converted to a road going mountain bike.
The Supercycle XTI 21DS converted to a road going mountain bike. | Source
The 26 by 1.95"street tire.
The 26 by 1.95"street tire. | Source
The Vision Orion road bike.
The Vision Orion road bike. | Source
An 700 by 23c road bike tire.
An 700 by 23c road bike tire. | Source

By Steve Robson

This is an up-dated article on some of my better 2012 bike rides. It includes more detailed info on a smaller sampling of rides completed in 2012. It includes all the gears used on the ride, the average speeds both on the outgoing and return trips. The RPM rate has been put in that regards to the average speeds maintained on the rides.

The two bikes used are worlds apart. The road bike is light considering the cost and the rigid frame and proves a great solid ride quality. The mountain bike uses a full suspension design and has been set-up to provide a solid ride. The rear suspension is almost locked out to improve on road quality. If this not done, bio-pacing comes into play. That is the interaction of the bikes suspension to the pedalling action from the rider. Bio-pacing takes away from the energy of the rider and therefore the overall energy output of the rider. Based on the numbers given in the report, the mountain bike set-up provided a good match to the road bike. The extra weight is felt on the mountain bike but the use of the smooth 26 b y 1.95” tires help out in reducing the rolling resistance on-road riding. These small changes helped the mountain bike get into road bike speed range. The different gear combinations provided about the same overall gear ratios.

The set-up of the bike is very important. I have both these bikes set-up to be very close to each other. It allows the rider to have the feel on both bikes. The mountain bike has slightly higher so there is higher air resistance.

I have included other factors including the power output of the rider and weight loss as well. It gives good overview of the amount of work needed have any amount cycling needed gain any form of fitness over time. These facts are based on myself, being aged 51 years old at the time the rides where done. These numbers where figured out using an on-line cycling calculator.

The one of the measured factors missing from the file is my heart rate. I lack a heart rate monitor to get readings from my rides. Based on web based calculator I worked out that I was averaging around 140 beats per minute on the rides.

VO2 in the amount of oxygen taken in to power the body’s muscles. The higher the number is, the fitter the rider is as well. These numbers shown on the report where calculated using another on-line calculating program. “The general population aged 20 to 30 has V02 Max about 35 to 50 ml/kg/min, and this figure decreases considerably with aging.” This quote is from the web site that I used to calculate the number shown in the cycling stats. I think that or being 51 years old, I am doing ok for my age.

Road Bike Used- Vision Orion 14 Speed Bike- 07/30/12

Gear Combo’s used- 42/17 (2.6 gear ratio) (64.24 Gear Inches), 17.69 ft (6.96 meter) per pedal stroke) with a little use of 42/19 (2.2 gear ratio) (57.47 Gear Inches) 15.03 feet (5.92 meter) per pedal stroke) going into Bothwell.

-Going out- Travelling at .442 km (.272 miles) per minute average. Average speed 26.52 kph (16.32 mph)

- Return Trip- Travelling at .473 km (.291 miles) per minute average. Average speed 28.52 kph (17.4 mph)

- An increase in speed 1.76 (1.08 mph) on the return trip. A 6.3% increase in speed.

- Average RPM- 86 RPM on the outgoing start of the run. 88 RPM turn rate on the return trip. Peak RPM of around 104 RPM.

Bike Weight- 28 LBS

Tire Design- 700 by 23c, 100 psi

Power Output of Rider- 140 Watts

Calories Burned- 383

Weight Loss- .11 LBS

Max Vo2 (Maximum Oxygen Intake) uptake- 61.047105 ml/ kg/ min.

Time of Ride- 48.58 min. /sec.

Distance- 22.423 km (13.80 miles)

Average Speed 27.5 kph (16.92 mph)

Max Speed- 34.4 (21.17 mph)

Road Bike Used- Vision Orion 14 Speed Bike- 08/03/12

Gear Combo’s used- 42/17 (2.6 gear ratio) (64.24 Gear Inches), 17.69 ft (6.96 meter) per pedal stroke) on the outgoing trip with 42/19 (2.2 gear ratio) (57.47 Gear Inches) 15.03 feet (5.92 meter) per pedal stroke) being used on the way home.

-Going out- Travelling at .508 km (.313 miles) per minute average. Average speed 26.52 kph (16.32 mph)

- Return Trip- Travelling at .433 km (.266 miles) per minute average. Average speed 28.52 kph (17.4 mph)

- A decrease of in speed of 4.54 kph (2.79 mph) on the return trip. An 8.7% decrease in speed.

- Average RPM- 92 RPM on the outgoing start of the run. 84 RPM turn rate on the return trip. Peak RPM of around 105 RPM.

Bike Weight- 28 LBS

Tire Design- 700 by 23c, 100 psi

Power Output of Rider- 145 Watts

Calories Burned- 384

Weight Loss- .11 LBS

Max Vo2 (Maximum Oxygen Intake) uptake- 62.374201 ml/ kg/ min.

Time of Ride- 46:18 min. /sec.

Distance- 21.645 km (13.32 miles)

Average Speed 28.1 kph (17.29 mph)

Max Speed- 35.8 (22.03 mph)

Mountain Bike Used- Super Cycle XTI 21DS- 08/08/12

Gear Combo’s used- 48/17 (2.82 gear ratio) (70.5 Gear Inches), 18.45 ft (7.26 meter) per pedal stroke) going to Wardsville. 48/19 (2.53 gear ratio) (63.16 Gear Inches) 16.53 feet (6.5 meter) per pedal stroke) being used on the way home to Newbury.

-Going out- Travelling at .499 km (.306 miles) per minute average. Average speed 29.9 kph (18.4 mph)

- Return Trip- Travelling at .41 km (.253 miles) per minute average. Average speed 24.625 kph (15.77 mph)

- A decrease of in speed of 5.275 kph (3.25 mph) on the return trip. A 17.6% decrease in speed.

- Average RPM- 87 RPM on the outgoing start of the run. 81 RPM turn rate on the return trip. Peak RPM of around 104 RPM.

Bike Weight- 43 LBS

Tire Design- 26 X 1.95 street tread design 90 psi.

Power Output of Rider- 168 Watts

Calories Burned- .240

Weight Loss- .07 LBS

Max Vo2 (Maximum Oxygen Intake) uptake- 54.573856 ml/ kg/ min.

Time of Ride- 24:50 min. /sec.

Distance- 10.803 km (6.648 miles)

Average Speed 26.1 kph (16.06 mph)

Max Speed- 34.48 (21.17 mph)

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