i know you guys are going to hate me for this thread because i’m sure there is one on the exact same subject. But my question is: what is the average speed on a 29er with and without gears? And if this is a repeat thread please direct me to the other one.
On any unicycle, you can ride from A to B, in a fairly relaxed manner, hands at your sides, just cruising along- and there will be an average speed to that.
Or, you can treat it as an athletic endeavour, ride to the limits of your capabilities, probably with one or both hands firmly gripping a specialist handle so you can get that extra bit out of it, edging up your average speed week, by week.
The average speed of the latter, will clearly be much higher than the former.
I’ve ridden both styles; currently I favour the former
My comfortable average speed on my Nimbus 29er with 137mm cranks on rolling terrain is between seven and eight MPH. By comfortable I mean the speed is sustainable and I’m not sweating or breathing hard.
I ride a 29er with 150mm cranks. I average about 7 mph. On shorter rides, 4 - 6 miles, I can push 8 mph and on longer rides stay around 7.
Interestingly though I never vary my crank length I recently put narrower pedals on, i.e. less of my foot is on the pedal, and I’ve noticed that my average speed has increased by a few of tenths of a mile.