Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Downtown Indianapolis
Bikes: Hybrid-Trek 7500 FX, Road- Trek 2300
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It seems to me like your cadence evolves naturally. When I started, I would mash bigger gears and I never once made it my intention to go with a higher cadence. I had never really noticed that my spin had become any faster, until one time, on a group ride, a guy who had been riding behind me for a long time commented on how fast and smooth my spin was. I wasn't sure if he was just smoking carck or what, but I started measuring my cadence by counting (I don't have a comp. with cadence, but it does have a stopwatch) fifteen seconds and multiplying by four, and I realized that it was consistently between 95 and 110 without even trying to spin fast. I realized after that that I could spin at around 130 before I started to notice any cadence bounce. Hmmmmm... pretty cool.
I wouldn't worry about it too much. As you start going longer, I believe that you will naturally progress towards a higher cadence. Just do what feels comfortable for the time being.