On the 2016 Transcontinental (TCR) route, reducing total weight by 5 kg would result in an increase in average speed of just 0.41 km/h and a reduction in **total cycling time** of 3 hours 23 minutes (so the finishing time could be about 6.5 hours earlier). That's not very much! However, this effect gets increasingly large as distance cycled increases. For example, on the same route, reducing total weight by **10 kg** would increase average speed by 1.26 km/h and reduce finishing time by 4 hours 39 minutes.

There are two ways to lose weight while cycling: by using more efficient equipment or by going for longer rides. Either way you'll save money on energy costs while still getting in a good workout. But if you want to speed up, it helps to lose some weight first. The lighter you are, the faster you can go.

Some riders have said they can feel the effects of reduced weight during their ride. This is because less body mass means that each pedal stroke delivers more momentum into the air. So even though you're not gaining **any new altitude**, you should experience a slight increase in speed due to **this phenomenon** called "drag".

However, not all riders will feel the effects of reduced weight immediately. It might take them months before they start speeding up. But once they do, it's easy to keep riding fast by simply losing more weight.

This equates to around 1 minute every 100 kilometers per kilogram saved, or 2.5 to 3 minutes each day! The anticipated speed difference for **a 1 kg weight loss** on the flatter 2015 route is much lower, at **only 0.06 km**/h, or closer to 2 minutes each day. A person weighing 70 kilograms (154 pounds) would need to lose **about 7 kilograms** (15 pounds) in order to save 1 minute every 100 kilometers.

In practice, even if you lost only 50 percent of your body weight as fat, this would still be enough to save **nearly three full hours** of driving time per year. Of course, the more you weigh yourself down with heavy items, the more distance you will be able to travel before needing to stop to refuel or replace batteries.

The number one thing that affects how far you can travel on a battery is weight. The more weight that you are not carrying around, the farther you can travel before having to stop and recharge or replace batteries. Weight itself does not affect battery performance; it is actually the amount of mass that you are moving that uses up energy. The more mass you are using up per unit of power, the faster you will use up your charge. So, losing weight is very good for battery life.

However, different components play a role in determining just how long your battery will last.

The majority of the time, it is dependent on the rider, and just slightly less on the equipment. Recreational riders may average between 10 and 20 km/h (6–12 mph), with a peak speed of 30 km/h (19 mph). More experienced bikers may average 25 to 35 km/h (15-22 mph) and max out at over 40 km/h (25 mph). Experts in the sport can reach speeds of up to 55 km/h (34 mph). However, this is only for short periods of time.

Bike speed varies depending on how much pressure you apply to the pedals. If you want to go faster, you need to work harder. Harder working muscles use more oxygen, which produces **more carbon dioxide**. This means that your body gets rid of more of it than it should, so you feel dizzy and need to slow down or stop riding. Even though hard efforts are not recommended during a race, doing them once in a while could help you increase your personal best.

When you ride at a constant speed, you are traveling through air at a constant rate of speed. This is called "aerodynamic drag". The faster you go, the greater the aerodynamic drag, so it becomes more difficult to pedal. But if you want to travel **a long way**, you will have to compromise by going slower most of the time.

A bicycle's maximum speed is limited by **two factors**: wind resistance and water resistance.

We may estimate that it will take 1.25 to 1.5 hours for novices or slow riders to finish **a 15-mile journey** by doing basic calculations. A typical cyclist takes around 58 minutes to an hour. Some people may even be able to do it in 50 minutes, but this requires **very good fitness** and a well-maintained road network with **few obstacles** such as hills or traffic. A trained athlete might be able to go faster than this.

The time needed to ride 15 miles depends on how fast you can travel a mile. The slower you go, the more time it takes. A speed of 10 miles per hour takes about 30 minutes, while a speed of 20 miles per hour takes about 60 minutes. In general, the longer a trip is, the more time it takes to complete it.

Some people may think that riding a bicycle for one hour is too long. However, athletes who practice cycling regularly can maintain a pace of 20 miles per hour for several hours before needing to stop for rest or water. The important thing is to not try to go too fast too soon after starting out from home or from a train station and to know your own limits. No matter how fast or how far you go, always remember to look both ways before crossing the street.

Beginner cyclists average 10 miles per hour and ride for **one hour**. That same mile may take only 30-45 minutes for **more experienced bikers**. Some experience riders travel faster than 20 miles per hour.

A person can travel 10 miles in an hour if they walk at 4 miles per hour with a full gas tank. If the rider stops walking and riding, they will need more time to cover the distance. For example, it takes just under two hours to travel 10 miles by car if you don't stop for traffic or get caught up in rush hour traffic.

Bicycles are much slower than cars. At 10 miles per hour, it would take a cyclist one minute to go the first mile and 59 seconds to go the second. This means that it takes them 1 minute 40 seconds to travel the entire 10 miles. It also means that they cannot travel more than 10 miles per hour without stopping to refuel or replace the battery!

Cars can travel **up to 55 miles** per hour while bicycles are limited to 25 miles per hour. The speed of a bicycle is determined by how fast you can pedal without falling over. There are different speeds available for bicycles depending on whether you want to go fast or far. Bikes are not recommended for beginning cyclists because they are difficult to control at **high speeds**.