Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Riverside, California
Bikes: Trek 2100 Road Bike, Full DA10, Cervelo P2K TT bike, Full DA10, Giant Boulder Steel Commuter
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I am going to post another thread on this in the road cycling forum but here is an answer...
Today I did hill repeats (1 mile, 8 - 10 percent, 8 min intervals)
Gear selection - 39-21, 50 RPMs at 7.3 MPH, HR +4 over LT (172 BPM) for 8 minutes
Optional Gear Selection - 39-27 at about 80 RPMs, HR + 4 over LT, 7.3 MPH. You are then asking which is better to work on... well it depends on your purpose, the higher cadence will work your aerobic system better (i.e. less pain in the legs but higher breathing rate per speed) while a lower cadence kills the legs (agonizing pain) but does not work the aerobic system at much.
Point is for specific training you really have a choice. I find that it is easier to spin a high cadence (90 RPM+) on most normal riding conditions than push a high gear. That means in a normal circumstance I can as long as my aerobic system holds out my legs do not fatigue much... meaning I can ride alot longer. Basically I stay in the small ring longer...
Just your average club rider... :)