Originally Posted by Hammonjj
As long as you're not rocking, can you spin too fast? I find that my natural cadence is between 97-100 rpm and it's not uncommon to be cruising at 108-110 while climbing.
Should I slow my cadence down? I've tried experimenting a little bit and find it difficult to keep my cadence below 95 rpm, but I'd be willing to beat it into myself if it would make me more efficient and/or faster.
Well, here's the deal.
It's generally faster to ride at a bit slower cadence, as you tend to get less out of breath, which works great unless you overcook your legs, at which point you get a lot slower.
Or, to look at it another way, being able to ride at low cadence works great when you want to ride up a hill a little faster than usual. Or, maybe your legs are a bit tired, so you can ride at a higher cadence.
I recommend working on both ends. Being able to ride at around 60 RPM up a hill can be really useful. Being able to spin fast can also be useful, though that's mostly for what it can do to your pedalling stroke the rest of the time.