Recently, I cycled to Downtown Vancouver on a road bike. It seemed to be faster.
I have uploaded the screenshots for comparison.
For a ride with my road bike, the average speed was 22 km/h.
For a ride with my hybrid bike. The average speed was 18.7 km/h.
My road bike was unloaded and had no baskets. Its water bottle cage was used to hold a water bottle. I didn’t wear a backpack. Its drop bars allowed a more aerodynamic position.
My hybrid bike had a basket and maybe a pannier which increased air drag. The total weight was also higher.
I think my speed really improved. 22 km/h is faster than my recorded rides to Downtown on Strava.
I also had a speedometer which I think is important if you want to improve your average speed. It’s easier to keep your speed smoother that way. I used a speedometer app on my cellphone.
In the future, I might record more rides near UBC and in Stanley Park and Richmond. I might be able to see improvements. I hope that my average speed can exceed 30 km/h on River Road!