There may be something to this "cadence" stuff
Ok, a little history:
I am a 41 year old clyde who always had some sort of bicycle. Schwinn Varsity in high school, Huffy MTB after that, Giant MTB, and finally the contraption I am riding now, which is a rigid MTB that I am slowly turning into a road/cyclocross bike. My bikes served me well, either taking me around the neighborhood (some of the time) or being my clothing rack in my apartment (most of the time).
Last year I took up hiking and walking for fitness, and after these long walks, I would come home and put my coat on the coat rack (bike). I began to look long and hard at the situation and decided that I need to use my bike more (outside the apartment) and began to ride to work and back (under 5 miles each way). I even started buying things to replace cheap and worn parts on the bike.
OK, back to the present day:
I joined this website, mostly because I am seeing progress and wanted to learn more. Alot of people on here talk about things like clipless pedals, cadence computers, bike shorts, etc. I say to myself "I dont need any of that junk. Thats for bike nerds! All I want from my computer is speed and distance"
Well after reading this site, I soon began to realize that either -A: everyone is lying! or -B:everyone is riding farther, faster and more comfortable then me!
Hmm.. So I bought a computer that has cadence based on people saying that cadence is important. I always would ride in the top gear (42-11) on my MTB geared frankenbike. So I installed the computer and went for a ride. I checked my riding style and figured out that my normal ride is 15-17mph at a cadence around 50. I read that a cadence of 90 is good, so I tried by lowering the gear and peddling faster. It was much faser then I thought! I moved to the middle ring (32) and got comfortable at around 80-85 cadence and went for a ride longer then usual for me.
Riding at an 80-85 cadence was alot different then mashing the high gear that I usually do. My bike accelerates much faster from a stop now that I am at a lover gearing (32-12) or (32-12). I did not seem to aggravate my muscles during the ride, even though I rode longer. I did get winded a few times on the uphills that never bothered me while peddling slower/harder. I also nociced that my average speed dropped by a mile per hour. After I got home I wished the ride was longer because my legs felt great. The next morning my legs felt better then usual. I guess I have to work on my cardio now. I would also like to get that mile per hour back.
Like the title of this post say:
There may be something to this "cadence" stuff!
Matty in Brooklyn
Matty in Brooklyn