Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Rolla, MO
Bikes: Redline Monocog,Surly Crosscheck, Lemond Reno
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It depends on what you want, and how you feel. Say you are riding and your legs just don't have it power that day, spin at a higher cadence. Say you are riding and you just can't get your heart working right, push bigger gears. If it's a good day and your lungs and you legs have it, spin high cadence and a big gear(power, yeah!!!). Basically, high cadence works your heart, and slow works your muscles. So if it's muscle building time, it's big gear, slow cadence time, if it's cardio time, it's high cadence time. A good training program encompasses all.
Hope this helps!
I recomend finding an exercise/sports physiology book also. I found a college sports physiology text book on Barnes and Noble.com for 10 bucks and I'm am learning so much from it.