Road vs Hybrid Bike Speeds (West Broadway Rides)

I bought a road bike and here are the comparisons of the speeds of my trips on West Broadway.

For the road bike, the average speeds for the two trips on West Broadway were 18.2 and 19.2 km/h.

For the hybrid bike, the average speeds for the three trips on West Broadway were 12.7, 12.2, and 21.5 km/h.

 

Note that for the rides, only West Broadway was selected. Their lengths were also different.

The accessories on my road bike include: An empty rack, a Planet Bike headlight, a PDW tail light, a foldable lock, a downtube fender, two water bottle cages, and a bell. The bike’s total weight was about 30 lbs. I plan on installing custom lights and horns, and keeping them light if possible.

The accessories on my hybrid bike include: A fixed front basket, front and rear custom made lights with enclosures and batteries, a kickstand, full coverage fenders, a rear rack, two car horns with a battery, an aerobar, a mini pump, spare inner tubes, tire levers, a speedometer, and a foldable lock. The bike’s total weight was about 50 lbs.

I’m still using my hybrid bike for poorer conditions, heavier loads, and unpaved roads. Since the road bike’s lighter, it’s more suitable for hills.

It’s hard to say which is faster yet. The new bike doesn’t feel comfortable enough. It may need getting used to and proper fitting. Hopefully, the performance will improve.

Since West Broadway tends to be busy, it may produce different results compared to River Road in Richmond, BC which has doesn’t require much stopping. Other factors that affect the speed include: Temperature, hills, fitness levels, road conditions, gearing, riding skills, time of day, weather, clothing, and diet.

 

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