Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Tariffville, CT
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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:
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..."