I read occasionally how professional bike racers will put out so much power that they can pretzel a bike frame easily. I can buy that but just how much of a difference is there between pros and everyday riders?
And to throw another monkey wrench, what about riders like me who are casual but extremely heavy. I know that I have to be careful because I can kill wheels. Am I putting out significantly more torque per pedal stroke at my 380 pounds when climbing a hill compared to a rider at 175 pounds of weight? My son who used to be a highschool linebacker is about 300 pounds and has killed 4 rear wheels now. He has a tendency to power his way though things instead of gearing down including starting. He will even start pedaling from a stop with the chain on large front/small rear.
I'm just really curious to know how much power is involved compared to the various types of riders.