View Full Version : What is your "normal" distance on your rides.

Dave B
08-22-2018, 12:56 PM
I was discussing this with a fellow cyclist and we were comparing routes, duration, miles, and so on, blah blah blah.

I typically go out for a couple of hours. Maybe between 30 to 50 miles. I know some of you are animals riding metrics every morning before walking up hill in the snow barefoot to your job.

Regardless, I am curious what milage you put in on a normal ride? This is not at all a compare your prowess type of question. I am just curious if what I ride is kind of the norm or I really need to pick up the miles.

I rode a lot this summer, but probably a fraction of what you folks have, but with that and diet change I altered my weight and physique dramatically, which has been great. Total body transformation if you will.

08-22-2018, 01:10 PM
While commuting:

15 miles each way/30 miles a day/150 miles a week

Weekends, a 40-65 mile group ride on saturday if I can, a 30-40 mile ride on sunday if I can.

I don't get to commute to work often, and during the fall, making the group rides is near impossible.

average length last couple years has been 40 miles/ride outdoors, 18 miles/ride indoors

08-22-2018, 01:12 PM
At 67 and retired, I get to ride when I want, when I can, and when weather permits. Four times a week is pretty typical.

Seldom less than 30+ miles, usually a couple of those and a 40-50 miler as well.

All on vintage steel/aluminum, of course.

08-22-2018, 01:13 PM
Most rides are 1 mile in city around a college campus. Other rides are fun 10 mile loops when I have a break. Then only on weekends can I head out for anything more than 20 miles. Way less miles than most but I love it and it's what works with busy grad school life.

08-22-2018, 01:14 PM
Normal rides are about 25 miles, hour and a half or so. Those are the baseline rides.

08-22-2018, 01:18 PM
1 - 2 hours...
17 - 35 miles...
1 - 3 times per week...

middle aged...full time job....wife works....2 teenage boys....no housekeeper or gardener....neck and back issues.....

08-22-2018, 01:18 PM
My weekend rides are around 40 - 45miles (70km), weekday rides are typically 25 miles (40km)

Having a toddler has reduced weekday rides to a minimum. Being diagnosed earlier this summer with a heart issue reduced milage of weekend rides.

08-22-2018, 01:21 PM
Normal rides are about 25 miles, hour and a half or so. Those are the baseline rides.

It should be noted that time/mileage can change dramatically depending on if one is riding on mostly flat, or mostly hilly terrain.

I have no business answering a question about actually riding, so I'll just keep my times/distances to myself.

08-22-2018, 01:28 PM
I saw a year end Strava analysis of miliions upon millions of rides recorded and I think the average distance was in the low 20s.

08-22-2018, 01:31 PM
After I retired I go out for a ride about 4-5 times a week. Still, I find it tough to go over 30 miles or so. I just find it gets less enjoyable after that. Maybe if there were fewer hills. :rolleyes:


08-22-2018, 01:34 PM
Depends if I'm riding in the woods or on the roads!

A typical weekend road ride would be around 40-60 miles.

A typical weekend mountain bike ride would be 15-20 miles.

But they will take the same amount of time!

An after work MTB ride might only be 7-10 miles 1-1.5 hours.

08-22-2018, 01:36 PM
66yrs old
30ish miles 4ish times a week
varied terrain
fixed gear

08-22-2018, 01:37 PM
I commute 20 miles most days unless it's raining. Wednesday is our local race ride so I'll get about 30-50 miles that day. Sunday ride is typically 60-100 miles.

Not as much as I used to when I raced regularly :D

Dave B
08-22-2018, 01:37 PM
It should be noted that time/mileage can change dramatically depending on if one is riding on mostly flat, or mostly hilly terrain.

I have no business answering a question about actually riding, so I'll just keep my times/distances to myself.

Yes, I live in richy-richville Indiana (Pacers and Colts players live there) where it is flat, I think we might have a hill or two that might go up 50 feet or so. Mostly flat country roads, but it is indiana so no matter which way you turn it is always into a head wind. with out fail.

Teacher, husband, dad, etc. I am just curious as my friends discuss what is a real ride (they are just bragging) and what is a warm up.

I just was curious to talk to other folks to see if there was a consistency or similarity to my lifestyle commitments and milage. Looks like a lot of you are like me.

08-22-2018, 01:51 PM
I always do btw 25 miles and 65 miles. Probably 3 to 4 25 miler and then a 50-65 miler on the weekend

08-22-2018, 01:57 PM
Not as much as when I was younger but average 4-5 40 milers per week with about 2000-2500 feet of hills per ride.

08-22-2018, 02:03 PM
2-3 hours, 4-5 days per week...’about’ 16mph average so 30 or so to about 45 miles(have a watch, no computer)....
.67 of a century, .1 of a ton...

08-22-2018, 02:23 PM
weekdays around 30 miles, weekends around 70.

el cheapo
08-22-2018, 02:27 PM
This year I've cut way back on distance. Longest ride...30 miles all aerobic average 16 mph. Have some hills but nothing extreme. Alternate this with 25 milers on a loop course behind a local park. Gave up running and now do fast walks of 3.5 miles and lift weights three times a week. I'll be 60 next month and working out consistently since 1974.

08-22-2018, 02:28 PM
(1) 25 miles...(4) 35 miles...per week... all on the same route and yet I'm not bored because these rides are in a forest preserve with lots of wildlife.


08-22-2018, 02:36 PM
Once or twice a week Great Western Loop - 42 miles 3,700 feet. A longer one on Saturday - 60-110 and a flatter 30ish recovery. 200k, 300k, 400k, 600k during brevet season, a few 200s and one 508ish mile race (except this year.)
(Except when I don't feel like it - it's not a job and balance is good)

08-22-2018, 02:37 PM
I don't really track anything, but most weekday rides, 2 or 3 depending on schedule average about 2 hours or slightly less. Weekend I get out for one 3 hour ride Sunday afternoon.

08-22-2018, 02:47 PM
I try and get hour and a half to 2 hour rides 3 times a week. On the weekend a 3 to 4 hour ride in on a faster group ride. Weekday rides are between 30 and 40 miles on the road or 20 to 25 on the MTB with about 8 of that on paved trail.


Mark McM
08-22-2018, 03:09 PM
What's a "normal" ride? All my rides are different. Depending on intent, time, etc., My rides might vary from 10 miles to 90 miles on any given week. Most daily distances are probably closer to 20 - 30 miles.

08-22-2018, 03:11 PM
84 miles (2 days) during the week commuting to work and then 30-60 miles on the weekend.

08-22-2018, 03:25 PM
Average rides for me are around 25-45 depending on time. Usually two to three hour rides. Some flattish others with plenty of hills.

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08-22-2018, 03:37 PM
my everyday commute is just 4 miles each way. Weekend rides are an average of 55 or 60

Red Tornado
08-22-2018, 03:40 PM
Usually during the week it's a club road ride in the mid/high 30's & a dirt ride of 12-15 miles. Weekends either a longer road ride 40-50 miles or a long dirt ride of 20'ish.
The days of me doing 4+ hours road or 3 hour dirt rides are over. Not fair to the wife and/or fam as I would be exhausted the rest of the day.
Riding more for fun now than for "training".

08-22-2018, 03:42 PM
~40-85+ weekend rides. Sorry to say that life/job has been consuming me, so not much during the week.

08-22-2018, 03:57 PM
12 mi each way commute during the week, a 200k or longer ride most weekends, hilly 60ish miles if I am taking it easy and not riding a brevet.

08-22-2018, 04:07 PM
almost all of my riding is commuting. i probably average a dozen miles each way, making sure the road goes up...

08-22-2018, 04:22 PM
I'm a competitive cat 2 crit racer and according to my golden cheetah profile, my average ride distance for 2018 is around.....24 miles.

Which is sad. Quality over quantity I guess.

08-22-2018, 04:23 PM
Usually 2-3 40+ mile rides per week.
Usually 60 miles+ on Saturdays.

160 total miles per week.

08-22-2018, 04:42 PM
according to the ol' Excel spreadsheet...my stats for 2018:

total mi (ytd) - 5,767

days ridden - 213 (234 possible)

distance (range) - 10-61 mi

avg ride distance (ytd) - 24.6 mi

avg ride distance (days ridden) - 27.3 mi

rides (dist < 30 mi) - 121

rides (dist > 30 mi) - 92

08-22-2018, 04:51 PM
Only get out on the weekends, rough average for Saturday & Sunday rides is 60 miles, plus 2 20+ mile sessions on the trainer during the week.

The majority of my rides hover around the golden ratio of 100 feet of elevation per mile traveled since the good riding is in the canyons.

08-22-2018, 05:03 PM
Maybe I am in the minority, but I measure my training by minutes and do not obsess over lots of data. Obviously, with terrain, not all miles or kilometers are created equal and I could count it all and factor in the data but I am not going for any world records so I just approximate it. I just measure effort and time.

08-22-2018, 05:48 PM
Most of my rides are in the 15 - 20 mi. range - 99.99% are alone and not interested in many longer than that.

08-22-2018, 06:18 PM
I average 20 - 25 miles 3 -4 times per week. I try to get 3 days of swimming in too.

08-22-2018, 06:40 PM
40 miles 5 or 6 days a week. Average over 6000 miles per year.

Less than 1500 miles short of 100,000 miles on my 2002 Ottrott.

08-22-2018, 06:50 PM
60-80 miles for a weekend rides on road

45-65 miles for a weekend ride on gravel

Few weekday rides, but typically 25-30 miles

Johnny P
08-22-2018, 06:51 PM
Most of my rides are in the 30 to 40 mile range.

08-22-2018, 06:56 PM
40 miles 5 or 6 days a week. Average over 6000 miles per year.

Less than 1500 miles short of 100,000 miles on my 2002 Ottrott.

One more example why Chief is one of my idols here.

Older than I am and not slowing down. At all.

08-22-2018, 07:12 PM
35-40 miles. I do longer rides sometimes, but they're irregular. Been wanting to build up my endurance and the length of my rides for a few years now, but after a couple hours, I always start fretting about all the other stuff I need to do that day, and guilt usually drives me back home... It has to be mental, because I know I could spare another hour or two if I really wanted it, but once I start making to-do lists in my mind, it's all over.

08-22-2018, 08:04 PM
71...so 3-4 days a week between 30-40 miles with about 1500' altitude gain. Hilly area of central NC in almost unbearable humidity this year. Occasionally a supported metric...

08-22-2018, 08:15 PM
My rides vary from as few as 10 miles to 60+ with an occasional century thrown in. Longest ride this year is 102 miles with 5200 feet of climbing. Ride with a 70 year old buddy most Tuesdays and Fridays and those rides are usually 40 miles. Once the weather turns to crap I do trainer rides from 10-30 miles. All told about 6000-7000 miles a year.

Tony T
08-22-2018, 08:19 PM
I typically go out for a couple of hours. Maybe between 30 to 50 miles.

That's me. ~30 or 50-65 are my usual rides.
More than 3½ hours and I get really bored (not tired)
Did 32 today :)

08-22-2018, 08:21 PM
Short weekday route is 25-35, depending how much time I have.

Typical harder weekend route is a metric or so. 50 on gravel, metric on rollers, or more like 80 if flatter and with pace lines.

Rapha clubhouse rides Sundays for me are about 50, including time to ride in, the ride itself, and the ride home. If I'm a ride leader that week there's some work involved, but it's good fun.

Centuries about 3 times a year.

08-22-2018, 08:23 PM
I can usually get 90 minutes 3-4 days a week, so ~25 mile road or more regularly a 17 mile gravel loop with ~1,900 feet climbing on dirt.

And 4-6 miles most days with the dogs (seperately) on a SS MTB on a loop around the neighborhood.

08-23-2018, 10:26 AM
When I only have an hour before or after work I have a 19 mile loop with 1000ft of climbing.

When I have time on the weekend I prefer to ride at least 40-50 miles.

David Tollefson
08-23-2018, 10:42 AM
I stopped counting miles several years ago, owing to the varied pace of varied terrain. I only track ride time (saddle time, because I also count trainer hours in the tracking, though I can separate them out if wanted). I have an annual goal of 500 hours, which equates to a smidge over 1:22 per day. For 2018, I'm currently at 60 hours above pace to hit 500 by December 31st.