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    Whoa! Now, THERE'S a HIGH cadence!

    On my ride yesterday evening, I managed to do something that I thought was physically impossible, especially for ME. I was cruisin' along at a cadence rate of between 80-115 RPM generally. When I got home and checked my stats on the ol' computer (Vetta R-77), average cadence was recorded at 85 RPM. No problem. I'd believe that.

    Get this... maximum cadence was recorded at 292 RPM! Whoa! I would remember something like that! I guess computers are funny things sometimes. (I may have gotten up to 120 RPM, but 292? Something's not quite right.) We'll see how the computer behaves tonight. :confused:

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    I never thought of paying attention to that before.I just went and checked and it was 154.THAT surprises me but nothing like yours.Man was you desending Mt Everest?
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    That is pretty high. That is about 5 rounds per seconds.

    It may have been glitch, like an external source (magnet or something similar) affecting the readings sometimes.

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    I can do 168 on the trainer...but that's at a very minimal level of resistance. Will try to hit 170!
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    better check your computer guys, it must be mal functioning, I think it is humanly impossible for any body to pedal 170 RPM, if your looking t somebody pedalling that high RPM it will look like the blade of an Electric fan
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    I would rather do a 110 RPM for longer period of time, than do 170rpm (which I know I can not) for 5 second and recover for about 5 minutes, see if you can sustain your cadence at 110RPM for longer period, you can make a statement and possible win races, or club rides
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    The highest I ever got was around 160-170 for perhaps 5-10 seconds. I've been consistently trying to raise cadence in the winter of 1998-1999 as I knew it was the only way to increase average speed.

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    OctoberBlue,

    Did you ride under power lines? they have been
    known to cause very misleading figures
    (like a cadence of 292rpm).

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    I had a similar electronic device malady occur last night!

    I went on a training ride and my heart rate monitor was averaging 145 - 155, not bad for a good pace. I turned into a head wind and was trying to keep my speed the same. I looked down and my heart rate was reading 236 WHOA!, I was pushing myself a bit, but not that much! The batteries must be going bad because I felt fine, but couldn't get it to lower below 200 for the remainder of the ride!

    Must be something in the air!

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    i think my highest is like 132.. but i've never purposely just dropped down to a really low gear and try to spin the crap out of my legs.
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    Er, the highest cadence I made (160-170)was recorded on a stationary hometrainer.
    On my travel bike I had a cadence meter for a while (it broke) and the highest there was prob around 120-130 rpm, also for a very short while..

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    In one word, IMPOSSIBLE

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    Originally posted by OctoberBlue
    Get this... maximum cadence was recorded at 292 RPM! Whoa! I would remember something like that! I guess computers are funny things sometimes. (I may have gotten up to 120 RPM, but 292? Something's not quite right.) We'll see how the computer behaves tonight. :confused:
    What leg do you have forward when you coast? What side is the magnet mounted on?

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    Originally posted by bikerider


    What leg do you have forward when you coast? What side is the magnet mounted on?
    Usually, my left leg is forward when I coast. The magnet is mounted on the left side of the bike as well.

    No, there weren't any power lines to be found. And weather was cloudy, but it wasn't raining.

    The computer behaved correctly on my Thursday ride, showing max. of 118 rpm.

    I guess that the 292 rpm reading on Wednesday was a total fluke... at least, I hope so!
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    292 RPM definitely sounds like a fluke/error/etc. to me. 120RPM is a pretty good clip, and I do not personally know anyone who can top 180 RPM. Your tachometer works either by counting magnetically-induced pulses per unit time (just as you might count your own arterial pulse rate over 10 seconds) or by taking the reciprocal of the time interval between two consecutive pulses. It may jump artifically to 292 if you exceed the maximum rate it can handle properly. To test this theory, see whether you can repeat the 292 reading exactly.

    You can compute your own maximum cadence by dividing your maximum speed by your gear ratio, with the proper unit conversions thrown in, viz:

    30mph = 44ft/s = 528in/s
    528in/s / 100*pi gear-inches = 1.6 rev/s = 96RPM

    292RPM would be 90mph in a 100-inch gear! (That's an even more impressive-sounding 150kph.)
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    I've hit over 200 on my ergometer, over 160 on the road almost every spring. Springs when I was healthy and serious about riding and wanted to work on my form etc. I have a friend who could regularly hit over 250 when he was riding, he can't ride much now, (injuries).

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    Okay guys, let's all go down to earth, were simply going out of hand here, what do you think you are Superman...
    Last edited by orguasch; 06-02-02 at 04:38 AM.
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    and for once lets be truthfull about this, and not start kidding ourselves, people tend to believe the impossible and if they continue to repeat this thing they will think is true, I am not trying to pick a fight here, I just want that our discussion and sharing of Ideas has a semblance of truth, right amigos and amigas let have a round of Ice Cold Beer
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    Oscar, it is possible to spin at 200+ rpm. Sprinters like Cipo spin at around that RPM.
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    I have tried going to mario,s website, i could not access it, however I was able to access Lance website and according to Chris Carmichael(Lance Coach) , Lance top rpm was at 100 Rpm, and were talking of Lance Armstrong, if the crank your spining is 175 and pedal it for 200 times a minutes, I can safely safe man you come from "Krypton" and Mario Cippollini is not called Super mario for nothing????
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    Well, I went on a nice 20 mile ride yesterday, the longest I've done at one time so far. It's nice to have free time on a beautiful Sunday afternoon for a change. (Most of my rides get squeezed in after work on weekdays.)

    At my half-way point where I turned around to head home (after a 5 minute rest), I was really crankin' on the cadence. I maxed out at 137 RPM for real. I didn't sustain it for very long, but it was cool to see that number on the computer and to know that I'm capable of doing that at all. Overall, my average was 90 RPM yesterday, also my best to date. (Several times I was right around 100 RPM.)

    Pretty darn cool! I finally feel like I'm improving.
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    Originally posted by OctoberBlue
    Well, I went on a nice 20 mile ride yesterday, the longest I've done at one time so far. It's nice to have free time on a beautiful Sunday afternoon for a change. (Most of my rides get squeezed in after work on weekdays.)

    At my half-way point where I turned around to head home (after a 5 minute rest), I was really crankin' on the cadence. I maxed out at 137 RPM for real. I didn't sustain it for very long, but it was cool to see that number on the computer and to know that I'm capable of doing that at all. Overall, my average was 90 RPM yesterday, also my best to date. (Several times I was right around 100 RPM.)

    Pretty darn cool! I finally feel like I'm improving.
    will you be able to hit 200 RPM given all the things in favor of hitting 200 can you do it, just asking????
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    Yes, I am wrong but on a simulated condition I have just receive and email from a pro cyclist trainer, their trainors on a track bike can hit 200 RPM but on a very limited distance and limited time like 20 meters, and twenty sconds to 2 minutes, which ever comes, first
    "Racso", the well oiled machine;)

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    orguash

    I read each of your posts 5 times and I still cannot understand what on Earth you are trying to say.

    Try to clear up your grammer and writing so we can at least understand you.

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    Originally posted by Amir R. Pakdel
    orguash

    I read each of your posts 5 times and I still cannot understand what on Earth you are trying to say.

    Try to clear up your grammer and writing so we can at least understand you.
    Oh oh oh, I was talking in Krypton language, That's the Krypton grammar for you he he:
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