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    maximum recorded cadence?

    Anybody know the highest ever recorded cadence of a cyclist. I am assuming it would be a track rider, and probably on rollers. Also a video and link would be good to see.
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    You could get it a lot higher going down a steep hill.

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    I've been very curious myself . as far as me goes i hit 202 about 2 weeks ago on my fluid trainer , and held it for 3 seconds . but i know racers happily cruise at higher cadence for way longer periods of time .
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    Wow 202 or faster - I know that i have hit a calculated 167 (calculated from gear ratio and speed), for about a kilometer. I cant imagine going or wanting to go faster than that.

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    http://www.addicts.tv/rollapaluza/tour.html
    I can't figure the cadence because they don't say what the gear is. They do 500m in less than 18sec on rollers. If you email them and ask what the gearing is, you can calculate it for us and let us know.

    http://www.vimeo.com/90003
    Also, here's a cool little movie on roller racing.

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    Actually world record holds Manfred Nüscheler (Switzerland) with 271 rounds per minute!!!

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    According to a bicycling magazine (probably Winning, perhaps Bicycling), Scott Berry, US sprinter, used to do intervals of 30 revs in 6 seconds - about 300 rpm.

    Reading that gave me plenty of motivation to try and equal the number. Back in the shop days we'd break up the monotony of a winter day by doing max spin efforts on a Schwinn DX900 (fixed gear and similar to what Berry was using for his intervals). I could hit 286 rpm (as measured by the cadence computer). The trick is to get the lowest position comfortable so you don't have to extend your leg as much. All the guys could break 220-240 consistently, including guys that didn't race. The one Junior in the shop hit the upper 270s and had the "high score" for a long time. I was impressed enough with it that I still have one, although this one is at the proper height, i.e. not optimized for max RPMs:

    http://sprinterdellacasa.blogspot.co...x-231-rpm.html

    Personally I can't balance on rollers well enough to hit max rpms - I think I have a hard time hitting 160-180 rpms. My max rpm efforts are all-out, 100% efforts - the DX 900 "walks" across the floor even with 10 pound weights on the feet of the bike (the flywheel helps keep the front down but I've resorted to putting 10 pound weights up there too). On the road my max is about 220-230 rpm but I haven't kept track of rpm like I do the DX 900 workouts.

    My max speed comes at a much lower cadence - based on top speed versus gear, about 120 rpm or so.

    heh this has given me some motivation. As soon as I get over this cold I have, I'm going to go downstairs and start doing some of these max rpm efforts. Reading the forums really books my training schedule - max rpm sprint on DX900, rollers, and outside; max speed outside flat standing-start no wind... I should stop reading posts asking "What is your..."

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    Craig Maclean held 227 for 19 seconds when he broke the Rollapaluza record, which you can see here (scroll down a little): http://www.rollapaluza.com/?p=132

    amazing technique and watch how fast he gets up to speed, less than two revolutions?

    We've been told that all the British Male Olympic team have reached over 300 on the short-cranked, static test bike at Manchester or "Clown Bike" as they call it...Vicky Pendleton has reached 296 if I remember correctly.

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    Holy god damn!

    I can only hold about 120-140 for 40-50 seconds or so, but thats with resistance... I need to get some rollers.
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    Matt Crampton smashes the Rollapaluza record with a cadence of 254:

    http://www.rollapaluza.com/?p=240

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    That effing rediculous. 100kpmh on 85"!

    Somone above was talking about how they used to train on a spin bike with the seat lowered so the leg had les extension and you could rev really high. Wouldnt any gain from this be lost when you go back to your normal saddle height?

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    contrary tp hipster belief, many track riders (especially six day riders) actually do ride with lower saddle heights than say your average time triallist, to save their knees, aid fluidity and handling and indeed to spin faster....you've only got one gear, so being able to spin faster might get you a win...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winstonpushbike View Post
    contrary tp hipster belief, many track riders (especially six day riders) actually do ride with lower saddle heights than say your average time triallist, to save their knees, aid fluidity and handling and indeed to spin faster....you've only got one gear, so being able to spin faster might get you a win...
    I agree with you 100%, so much so that if you measured my saddle height you would see its lower for that same reason. Maby I could have been a little more specific however. Leg speed at that RPM is a nural workout as much as explosivity. If you train that leg speed on a bike with the saddle 3" lower than your racing position it cant possible translate 100% to your race bike since your legs are now moving more distance (saddle height and crank lenth)

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