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**torque cyclist**
i'm looking to increase my power output. Both HP (or watts) and Torque. So what i'm interested in noting is how much most cyclist are concerned about each factor; Power, RPM and Torque.

My bike has a 21 speed Shimano EF40, 48 tooth front (highest) and as low as 14 tooth rear. 26 inch rim

Personal stats

195 lbs, 5 foot 5

bike 45lbs (about)

Now, I personally like to cruise in the final gear (48x14) and turn about 50-60 rpm. according to bike calc, that plots me at 12.5-15 mph cruise speed. ranging 120 watts- 170 watts. Torque being around 17 lb/ft and 20lb/ft. I hope to be able to cruise 20mph in the future, and that's calculated for 305 watts, @ around 80 rpm 27lb/ft torque.

(MTB tires, and normal handlebars etc.)

I feel most comfortable at those lower RPM, but I can feel alright at about 80 in a lower gear. I was wondering if anyone else prefers a lower cadence as well. My legs are generally strong, but spinning faster is a bit more difficult.