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# How long would it take to ride a mile at 5 mph on a stationary bike?

Updated: 9/27/2023

Wiki User

14y ago

Comparing stationary cycling to real-world cycling is pointless in terms of distances. IRL you might have headwind, tailwind, a hill to climb or descend from and lots of other things that'd affect the distance covered. 5 minute is 5 minutes, that's about it. Besides, the speed of a bike ride can be anything between 5-35 MPH. Assuming an easily reachable 12 MPH 5 minutes of riding would see you covering one mile, but the result could well be entirely different. And while 5 minutes is indeed better than nothing it's way too short to have any significant health/weight benefits by itself.

Wiki User

14y ago

Wiki User

14y ago

Looking at the pure maths - 1 mile at 5 MPH will take you 1/5 h = 12 minutes. But talking about riding speeds and riding distances on a stationary bike is rather pointless because the bike isn't going anywhere, at any speed. This sounds like a trick question.

Wiki User

14y ago

That comparison is totally pointless, as the riding speed IRL is entirely dependent on the circumstances. Uphill/downhill, headwind/tailwind, terrain/road etc etc...

Making an incredibly arbitrary assumption there are plenty of riders who can do 20 MPH, so riding 1 mile would take 3 minutes for a reasonably fit rider, on a road, under fairly benign conditions.