Sunday, 20 January 2013

Pedelec versus road bikes

This week I decided to try and keep up with the road riders on our Saturday morning ride. This is a ride I would not normally attempt as it is a bit too far and at too fast a pace for me on my unassisted bike.

The Gazelle went really well, but as expected I could not keep up with the road riders on the flat; although I did make up some distance on the hills. As you can see from Strava, my average speed was 24.2 km/hour over 41 km. Pretty good I think. (I was quite puffed.)

FYI, I actually did a slightly longer ride than indicated by Strava as I rode from home, but only started the GPS at our meeting point in Belmont.

I have been trying to track my heart rate on rides to see how much exercise I am getting from pedelecing. For this ride the heart rate monitor indicated an average heart rate of 156 which seems very high. Further investigation revealed that my resting heart rate was around 130, which also seems very high as I believe it is usually in the 70s. So while I was pushing myself for most of the ride, I think there must be a glitch in the data. If there is no glitch, then make the most of these posts because there may not be many more!

Ride Details:
  • Ride 41 km on road, some small hills, mostly flat
  • Riding to conserve battery on way out.
  • Ticked over second bar at 40 km.

You can view the ride on Strava here.

Number of Replaced
Car Trips
Total Distance

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