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    What is "Spinning"?

    Can anyone here define to me what "Spinning" is. Details please and how and why would I benefit from "Spinning"?
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    Simply put its the art of peddling actually there are classes at local health clubs where a person leads the riders through various type of ride stationary of course ..You become a better cyclist more efficient etc etc

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    For me, spinning means high cadence: 100+ crank rpms at a relatively low gear on the road, on the rollers, or on the mag. trainer. Good for easy/rest days and really improves pedaling efficiency.

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    Crank It Up gives the classical definition. If you observe a lot of riders you will note casual and new bike riders ride with cadences in the 40-70 range. Riders with a lot of experience or racing types will have cadences in the 75-110 range. Most people find persistent cadences above 95-100 something that takes a lot of getting used to.

    The other definition is a type of aerobic very energetic stationary bike training popular at health and sports clubs. A group of people get on the stationary bikes and with an instructor who calls out intervals and in time to sports clubs soundtracks you spend 30-60minutes of very energetic riding. The first few episodes will wring you out but after awhile you adapt and can keep up. It is a good way to efficiently train at a time of day when road riding is a bad idea or weather inhibited (nights/evenings/northern winters). Steve

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    At the moment I am working on increasing my cadence but when I get to 95-100rpm I start bouncing in the saddle, how do I go about stopping this bouncing and develop a smooth rhythm? Is it just through practice or are there any strategies for reducing bounce?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrdoright0405
    Can anyone here define to me what "Spinning" is. Details please and how and why would I benefit from "Spinning"?
    "Spinning," as defined as a type of ride, has come to take on the connotation of a rather easy ride as compared to the usual hammerfest. On thursday, our group does what we call a "spinning ride." It is about a 40 mile ride where we go at a non-strenuous pace. In that most are high cadence types to begin with, there is no particular change in cadence - just a change in ride philosophy and goal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frodocious
    At the moment I am working on increasing my cadence but when I get to 95-100rpm I start bouncing in the saddle, how do I go about stopping this bouncing and develop a smooth rhythm? Is it just through practice or are there any strategies for reducing bounce?

    I would like some help with this too. As soon as I start to bounce, my coordination is really off, and I just go back to mashing in a high gear because it is more comfortable for me. My knees don't mind...yet...

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    To reduce "bouncing" at higher rpms, I'd recommend:

    Lowering saddle height a little (slightly more bending of knees at bottom of pedal stroke); tinker with it until it feels natural.

    Clipless pedals or toe clips+straps help a lot with the "dead spots" in one's pedaling.

    Concentrate on applying power during the ENTIRE revolution of the cranks.....after a while one should almost feel like "floating" on top of the pedals, i.e. fast spinning with minimal upper body and hip movement.

    Most importantly....RIDE LOTS!

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