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Old 07-04-03, 12:58 PM   #1
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How can I pedal longer

What I mean is I crank the pedals a few times and then I coast, pedal a few more times and coast, should I go to a higher gear where I won't have to crank as often?
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If you don't want to pedal, get an electric bike.
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When you're coasting, it doesn't matter what gear you used when pedalling. You're being slowed by air drag, mechanical drag, and gravity (if you're going uphill).

I'm not allowed to tell you how to reduce gravity, sorry about that. But you can reduce air drag by getting your body into a lower, more aerodynamic position, and by using narrower tires if you have wide ones. Reducing mechanical drag is going to give you the least payback, but start by pumping up your tires to within 10% of their maximum pressure.
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Just get a fixed gear........then, you won't have a choice to pedal or not to pedal...
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What I mean is I crank the pedals a few times and then I coast, pedal a few more times and coast, should I go to a higher gear where I won't have to crank as often?
I don't understand, do you want to pedal longer, or coast longer?:confused:

It is recommended that you keep your cadence above 60rpm (minimum). Many riders, including myself, keep thier cadence between 90rpm and 100rpm.

I think you should pedal more than coast.. The experience is better..

And I think you will tire your muscles more if you pedal then coast several times than just pedal a steady pace(at same speed).
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If you go to a lower gear, and spin the pedals more rapidly, but with less force, you will ride more efficiently.
You can coast when you can anticipate slowing down or stoping. When I see a red light, I will coast and try to time my approach so I am still moving when the light changes to green.
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