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    Is your RPM the same for short and long rides?

    What is your RPM average for:
    * Around 15 to 30 miles?

    * Around 30 to 50 miles?

    * Over 50 miles?

    I ask to see if the gang tends to pace their energy (lower RPM) on longer rides.

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    I run in the mid 80's all the time - no matter what the length of the ride. If I am pedaling slower then when I shift down a gear to get my RPM back up my speed increases as well. I will jump into the low 100's when I am trying to accellerate but I can't keep it there for long. I will slip into the low 70's when I am not paying attention and getting tired, if I get back to the 80's I will actually feel better. On longer rides I will stop pedalling every 10 to 15 minutes and stand and stretch out for a few seconds.
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    I aim for around a constant 90 except when climbing out of the saddle...the difference between a 15 mile ride and a 50 mile ride will be the gear selection (assuming I'm riding solo...).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcvelo View Post
    I aim for around a constant 90 except when climbing out of the saddle...the difference between a 15 mile ride and a 50 mile ride will be the gear selection (assuming I'm riding solo...).
    Pretty much the same here, perhaps 95 RPM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorad View Post
    Is your RPM the same for short and long rides?
    Nope, the further I ride, the slower my cadence gets. I'm not superhuman like some, I get tired.
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    35 to 50 mile rides - 90 to 95 RPM

    50 to 100 mile rides - low 80's

    Hills - I try for the low 70's, but if they are of any distance it's the low 60's

    When my feet and hands are cold, I pedal as fast as I can, 100 to 110. Those are usually 20 milers until the snow arrives. I can do 115 on my trainer for 10 to 15 minutes, but not on the road.

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    Slowing your cadence is likely to increase your energy consumption because you'll be applying more effort to the pedals. Find your natural cadence, that area where you're legs want to work, and stick to it. If your HR is going up or you're feeling tired, keep the same cadence but go down through the gears (same as climbing a hill) - you'll be slower but you'll last longer.

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    Same all of the time 85-90rpm. If I find myself getting down to 80 I shift, if I hit 95 I shift.
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    For me, it's more dependent on the amount of climbing versus the distance. My cadence range is 80-95 (like Stonecrd's) on flat to rolling hills with overall average around 85. For climbing rides go figure.......I've seen my cadence drop to less than 50 on really steep hills late in a ride. Looking back at Training Center my average cadence for 9500 ft of climbing in 102 miles was 77-that only factors in the time you're actually pedaling and does not include the mile of coasting.

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    Jppe, when I'm going up the hills around here, any cadence is a good cadence.
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    Nope, not by a mile.

    My cadence bounces all over the place even on fairly short rides. I think that I've got attention deficite disorder. I find that I have to concentrate to maintain a steady cadence. Even a cadence that's easily within my physical ability. For pretty much the same reason I avoid pace lines because I find they require more concentration than I want to maintain for very long.

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    Do you all have computers with cadence monitors? Is that the only way to get said information?

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    I'm usually pretty smooth throughout a ride. If I get really tired late in a long ride, I suspect it drops some.

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    For me, up to 50 miles its 85-90 rpm. On longer rides I drop off a bit to 80-85. ills are in the 70-80 range, depending on the hill and just how much attention I want to pay to the cadence monitor. I use a Garmin 305 to keep track.
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    My cadence won't vary much on rides- except on hills. I will drop down to around 80 on my normal rides but the longer the ride- the steeper the hill seems and the cadence will drop. Possibly to around 65 at the worst- but on the Tandem we lost Granny once and did the hills in middle ring. Surprising how much effort goes into a cadence of 50 to keep going up the slopes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroPt99 View Post
    Do you all have computers with cadence monitors? Is that the only way to get said information?
    All you need is a computer with a time read out.
    A cadence of 90 works out to 15 pedal strokes over 10 seconds.
    All you have to do is wait for an even ten to come up on the computer and start counting pedal strokes - you can then return your attention to the road (some consider watching where you are going a useful safety device). When you reach a count of 13, glance down at your computer - if you've reached the next ten seconds, you know you're pedalling below 90, if you're well short of the ten, you know you're over 90.

    Of course, this works with any cadence, you've just got to know the number you're aiming at and that's what you're doing, you're not computing the actual cadence you're doing, you're aiming at a particular cadence (or just observing trends). Saves all that mental arithmatic.

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    Good tip, thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorad View Post
    What is your RPM average for:
    * Around 15 to 30 miles?

    * Around 30 to 50 miles?

    * Over 50 miles?

    I ask to see if the gang tends to pace their energy (lower RPM) on longer rides.
    So your real question is about pacing energy on longer rides, not about cadence. Yeah, cadence is a result of good pedal form. If its a result of selecting an easier gear, then I think its secondary to form. Form comes first. The experienced rider has a good upstroke. This takes the pressure off the quads.

    A newbie or someone who's been riding platform pedals will have to rely on easier gears and thus higher cadence. For them, I think the pacing of energy on longer rides has to be rest stops. Consider a typical organized century ride, there's several rest stops with fluids and food and stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorad View Post
    What is your RPM average for:
    * Around 15 to 30 miles?

    * Around 30 to 50 miles?

    * Over 50 miles?

    I ask to see if the gang tends to pace their energy (lower RPM) on longer rides.
    I do change according to ride length. On shorter rides I'll turn 100 to 115. Centuries I turn 90 to 100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoonerBent View Post
    I do change according to ride length. On shorter rides I'll turn 100 to 115. Centuries I turn 90 to 100.
    You sir, are a freak, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. I can pull some pretty impressive cadences spinning up hills (average 90+) and when I'm on the fixed gear bike, I ain't got no choice going down said hills (140 isn't unusual), but pulling those cadences on a geared bike as normal? Man, can I borrow your quads some time?

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