I'm curious what kind of cadence you hold when touring, especially loaded touring. I'm not talking about the long steep slog, but going along on the imaginary smooth flat road with no wind. I've been doing a lot a training unloaded, and have found that I can ride a LOT easier at 95-105 then at my old 75-85 tempo. The legs feel a LOT better, hills are smaller and I'm better looking. (ok, 2 of the 3 are true). A lot of what I've been reading suggests that a 'touring cadence' is 80 or so, and a 'racing' cadence is up where I'm at.
Now my logical question is, "How the Heck does the bike know if it's touring or racing?" (ok, perhaps it's a bit of a retorical question) If my legs and lungs feel better at a higher cadence, wouldn't it make sense to gear for that kind of a cadence? Are there any good reasons NOT to tour at a higher cadence?
Thanks in Advance
Who looked at his teaching schedule, no long tours this summer