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Cadence

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At the risk of starting an argument I have a question about "ideal" cadence. I have been told 80 and I have been told 100, which his correct?


Thanks in advance.
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I imagine everybody has a different preferred cadence but for me, 80 is a pretty good average. I can get up to 100-110 when I'm really trying to hammer on the pedals but 100 is unusual for me.

Some folks are pretty content at 90 rpm.
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Originally Posted by Nstoltzner
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At the risk of starting an argument I have a question about "ideal" cadence. I have been told 80 and I have been told 100, which his correct?


Thanks in advance.
Neither is correct. Studies have shown that the ideal / most efficient cadence differs from rider to rider.
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Thank you for the replies. What prompted the question is that 80 seems to wear my legs out pretty fast and 90 feels good but makes my lungs burn like a mother. Seems like I just need to keep experimenting until I find the sweet spot.
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60,000 miles never was concerned about it.

Now a trike rider.

Trike came with a cadence on the computer.

75 seems to work for me.
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I tend to fall into a 85 cadence naturally. I can spin it up to over 100 and do so often, but am content at 85. I say just keep working towards 80-90 range and you will find your comfortable spot.
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I agree with dr iha, it does vary from rider to rider. For me my ideal seems to average at 80+.
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Originally Posted by Nstoltzner
Thank you for the replies. What prompted the question is that 80 seems to wear my legs out pretty fast and 90 feels good but makes my lungs burn like a mother. Seems like I just need to keep experimenting until I find the sweet spot.
That sounds about exactly right. Lower cadence is a test of strength and higher cadence is about aerobic fitness.

Find what works for you and it seems like you might have the high number (90) and a low number (80) identified already.
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I was a runner, many moons ago in high school. A middle to distance runner. I was as slow a sprinter as the human race ever produced but I could run for hours and the same goes for on the bike. So I'm a predominantly slow-twitch human. Consequently after years of racing it was obvious my natural cadence was slower than what the traditionalists would tell me I "should" be pedaling at. I did lots of speed work, motor-pacing, etc that developed my sprint but my turnover remained a ridiculous exercise in spasmodic flailing. But I could also reliably turn in a 52 minute 20 mile TT time.
My Garmin now tells me my typical average is around 65 rpms and I'm happy with that.
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Your natural cadence could be anywhere on the range, but typically it would be in the 70-90rpm range. I started off, just like you with the number of 80. I worked in the 80-90rpm range. I was also racing track. In my 3rd year on the bike I just let my natural cadence take over after reading more about it and I found my natural range to be around 70rpm, but using a longer 175mm crank. However, what I then found was my track riding suffered as a result. I now stick to work in the 80-90rpm range, but can go well over that when I need to.
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I find that cadence is helpful when getting back into riding (like I need to right now grr)... but once I've been riding for a little while I don't need to pay attention... my issue really comes when climbing... if I drop too low I'm expending far to much muscle energy so I need to make sure I'm still spinning while climbing (I term it keeping on top of the gear)... like others have mentioned your body will find/have a natural cadence... mine hovers around 80 if I recall correctly (would have to look at some of my old ride stats)
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I look at it this way: a good cyclist uses a wide range of pedaling speeds "efficiently."

Sometimes, pushing higher watts at lower rpm to get recovery while maintaining the pace is necessary, while at othe times cranking out high rpms to really dump high watts is key.

Good riders do what needs done.
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my current bike computer has cadence, so I set that up just because I was curious.

I find that depending on riding conditions, my cadence is any where between 50 and 110. The majority of the time it is around 85.
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Went for a ride last night. Over 3 different 5 mile "laps" I tried 80-85-90 respectively and found that 88-92 is where I feel really good. I am breathing hard but not too hard and my legs felt great. Thank you for all of the replies!
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In a timely coincidence, I just got back frim a workout where my coach gave me three sets of the following:
5min @ power L3 Tempo @ 70-75rpm
5min @ power L2 Endurance @ 95-100rpm
5min @ power L4 Threshold @ 85-90rpm
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Originally Posted by Nstoltzner
Hello everyone!


At the risk of starting an argument I have a question about "ideal" cadence. I have been told 80 and I have been told 100, which his correct?


Thanks in advance.
Hi. Not a Clyde but Im coming off a knee surgery and am working my leg strength and aero back up. Can spin 110rpm for an hour at least and hit 150 for two minutes at a time but heartrate maxes out too fast. Trying to hit 120 steady and get my endurance up. Doing intervals to build up cardio. Still got a long way to go....
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