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Old 01-04-06, 12:43 PM   #1
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Training to spin and stop coasting???

Ok...I'm starting to realize that one of the reasons I've had trouble building my speed up a bit is because I see that I coast a lot. I build up momentum and then coast, instead of spinning constant.

Is there a way to train myself to help spin more and coast less? I mean other than just the "pay attention dummy" method.
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Old 01-04-06, 12:52 PM   #2
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go fixed for a while.
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i would slow down a bit at first. don't rush to the speed where you normally would coast at. cut the effort down slightly and you'll be less tempted to surge.
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really only paying attention. You could go fixed but that is just forcing you to pay attention. Just keep peddling.
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Computer with cadence helps. Perhaps a computer with high/low cadence alarm would bring you back to earth...
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I know I'll get blasted for suggesting this, but you might consider listening to music. Pedaling to a beat will force you to keep pedaling.

Otherwise, sing songs to yourself or count to yourself and set silly goals like, "I'm going to pedal 200 times without stopping." 1, 2, 3...when 200 comes, set another goal.
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I know I'll get blasted for suggesting this, but you might consider listening to music. Pedaling to a beat will force you to keep pedaling.
Thanks....but I'm already frustrated by too many nobs on the trail who can't pay attention because they can't hear anything with their headphones on. I know you meant well....but NOT FOR ME!
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if you don't already, get a simple bike computer with at least speed (cadence would be nice too) and on your ride, try to maintain a speed or cadence for progressively longer lengths of time. you could start at 5min, then in a few days go to 10min intervals etc. etc. by intervals i don't mean all really hard riding just a good, steady tempo. you are just paying attention more but you have an objective measure of what you are doing, plus since you have to concentrate for a shorter, definite amount of time you have a goal to shoot for and this will likely make it easier to acheive.
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if you don't already, get a simple bike computer with at least speed (cadence would be nice too) and on your ride, try to maintain a speed or cadence for progressively longer lengths of time. you could start at 5min, then in a few days go to 10min intervals etc. etc. by intervals i don't mean all really hard riding just a good, steady tempo. you are just paying attention more but you have an objective measure of what you are doing, plus since you have to concentrate for a shorter, definite amount of time you have a goal to shoot for and this will likely make it easier to acheive.
Ok....now that makes good sense. Of course I have a (basic - no cadence) bike computer....I'll try this.
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