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    increasing smooth cadence?

    I don't ride track, but fixed, but I figured that you may have better advice for me. I'm getting my spinning up, but at higher cadences, I'm bouncing. is there a drill or technique that I can start using to work on getting smooth spinning down? Thanks!
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    Raise your seat a little bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dijos View Post
    I don't ride track, but fixed, but I figured that you may have better advice for me. I'm getting my spinning up, but at higher cadences, I'm bouncing. is there a drill or technique that I can start using to work on getting smooth spinning down? Thanks!
    Do it more. Use a freewheeled bike if you have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dijos View Post
    I don't ride track, but fixed, but I figured that you may have better advice for me. I'm getting my spinning up, but at higher cadences, I'm bouncing. is there a drill or technique that I can start using to work on getting smooth spinning down? Thanks!
    Think 'faster,' not 'harder.' Seriously. Hilclimbing roadies are all about 'harder,' track sprinters are all about 'faster.'

    Also try to continue applying power and accelerating. My 63" fixed got really bouncy downhills until I started charging them. Nothing like 200+ rpm and outrunning FW people because you have to (else you bounce off!).

    Your fixie does have brakes, right? Don't try any of this without some assurance that you can stop the darn thing from 30+ mph. Backpedaling won't cut it in traffic, especially if you're still working out the bounces. For that matter, you can drag a brake to give yourself some resistance (resistance will smooth things out).

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    Quote Originally Posted by melville View Post
    Think 'faster,' not 'harder.' Seriously. Hilclimbing roadies are all about 'harder,' track sprinters are all about 'faster.'

    Also try to continue applying power and accelerating. My 63" fixed got really bouncy downhills until I started charging them. Nothing like 200+ rpm and outrunning FW people because you have to (else you bounce off!).

    Your fixie does have brakes, right? Don't try any of this without some assurance that you can stop the darn thing from 30+ mph. Backpedaling won't cut it in traffic, especially if you're still working out the bounces. For that matter, you can drag a brake to give yourself some resistance (resistance will smooth things out).

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    +1, leg speed. You bounce because your legs arn't keepin up. Riding a fixed on the road, downhill can do wonders for this. As will motorpacing on the track, both "overspeed" work.

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    You will always bounce as you exceed your ability to spin. You will increase your ability to spin by exceeding your ability to spin on a regular basis. That does, of course, mean you'll spend a lot of time bouncing. Have fun!

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    relax and concentrate on pedalling full circles rather than just part of the pedal stroke

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    Find a long gentle hill and zipp down it. It will make your legs spin faster. Its a less full on version of how sprinters train 'overspeed' either behind a moto or off of a steep hill.

    Raising the saddle might fix it but at the same time cause hell eleseware. Usualy the best starting point for a saddle is 89% of your tottal inseam. The fastest spinners on the planet are no doubt sprinters. They are known for running their saddles slightly lower than normal and further back.

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    rollers then seated small gear sprints, spin up til you start bouncing then ease off a bit and hold it for 15-20; repeat 5-10 times per ride.

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