Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Tariffville, CT
Bikes: Tsunami Bikes
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I move more when I'm fatigued. As long as you're reasonably in control you should be okay, as long as you're holding a pretty narrow lane (less than 6" to each side). For example your torso should be going in a relatively straight line. For example when I'm sprinting out of the saddle my torso isn't moving very much laterally even if my bike naturally moves left/right (but within about a 6" wide line) or my head moves (I tilt it).
I've never been at the limit and still be able to pedal smoothly. However when at the limit I am pedaling pretty efficiently simply because I don't have enough energy to do inefficient things. I've seen clips of me pedaling just before sitting up due to cramps, sitting up because I'm totally exploded, and it looks like I'm riding down to the coffee shop for a mug o'joe. To me it feels really unsmooth.
"...during the Lance years, being fit became the No. 1 thing. Totally the only thing. It’s a big part of what we do, but fitness is not the only thing. There’s skills, there’s tactics … there’s all kinds of stuff..." Tim Johnson