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Old 06-27-05, 08:50 PM   #1
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Stupid question #1:
Is it better to train for speed or RPM?
I'm trying to average 80 but I have to drop back a couple gears to do so and that often cuts my speed.
Somehow, that just dosen't seem right.


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Stupid question #1:
Is it better to train for speed or RPM?
I'm trying to average 80 but I have to drop back a couple gears to do so and that often cuts my speed.
Somehow, that just dosen't seem right.


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If you're a noob, train for cadence over speed. A smooth, fluid cadence will be invaluable as you gain strength and experience.
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You should be doing both. But like Ed said, work on cadence if you have to choose. As you get fitter and stronger, the speed will pick up.

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Reading your Thread, I did a test on my machine.
I set the machine at 550 to 600 Calories per hour for my 195 LB weight and speed of 20 MPH approx. held constant.
I held 100 RPM cadence at a certain strain level.
Next I did 90 RPM at a 10% lower strain level. Same speed and calories.
So, the question is if one can do higher cadence for a long time or lower cadence but higher strain on muscles and joints. I do not know what is better.
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Sorry, I should have said "Next I did 90 RPM at a 10% higher strain level"
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