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Old 09-06-13, 06:09 AM
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High or low gear for a newbe?

30 years of looking at a beer belly---time to shift it !
Am I better off using a higher or lower gear to ride the same speed ?
Do I grunt or puff?

I am started to become addicted to this now !
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Old 09-06-13, 06:38 AM
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Spin the pedals. Don't mash.
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Strive for a consistent cadence and shift gears to maintain that cadence. Pushing a too heavy gear is a recipe for injury and remember, biking should be fun.
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Welcome to BF! Keep the cadence up and, to avoid mashing the pedals and above all else don't get hurt pushing it too hard... Pushing it too hard, getting hurt and then spending a month or two off of the bike as a consequence won't advance your efforts at physical condition improvement.
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Spin it to win it. (And welcome.)
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Exactly. Use the gears to keep the effort even. If you're looking to burn that gut, just bike longer.
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Thanks guys for all the encouragement, I am really starting to enjoy my biking now, the hills I rode when starting a month ago already seem so much easier.

I found a app called Strava to keep my timings recorded on my phone.

Years of driving cars, riding motorbikes, ect , and gulping beer and take aways had to stop before it was too late.


I`m starting to feel better already
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Spin it to win it. (And welcome.)
Thanks, I have been trying it yesterday ! Better
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Originally Posted by joner7890 View Post
30 years of looking at a beer belly---time to shift it !
Am I better off using a higher or lower gear to ride the same speed ?
Do I grunt or puff?

I am started to become addicted to this now !
As a rule a higher cadence will shift the load to your CV system and a lower cadence will shift the load to your leg muscles. It's good to learn to spin the pedals fast rather than just mashing low gears - mashing with poor technique might give you legs like tree trunks but is also much more likely to result in things like knee strain, and that's not fun at all.

Personally I usually look to maintain a cadence of around 80rpm or so but every once in a while I'll shift up two or three gears and just turn the pedals at maybe 40-50rpm at a comparable speed. I only do that on sections where there's not much chance of having to stop suddenly, as the resulting gear is way too big to sensibly pull away if I did have to do an emergency stop. Sometimes I'll quite merrily ride at a low cadence and a reasonable speed, sometimes I find my cadence naturally increases and I end up going faster than I expected, sometimes I'm riding into a wind and just push it until my quads burn and I have to change down a few gears and let them recover.
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