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What’s Your Spinning RPM on Flats?

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What’s Your Spinning RPM on Flats?

Old 01-19-23, 12:13 PM
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For a flat-road steady ride at a comfortable Z2 pace/effort I'm at around 85rpm. I find myself instinctively downshifting if I drop below 80.

On longer sustained climbs (something I only encounter on Zwift) my power/effort goes up and cadence falls into the upper 70's. When I'm out of the saddle climbing it's in the low/mid 60's.

I can and do ride higher RPM from time to time. If the group is getting after it, or I've got a tailwind or a long downhill I'm easily in the 90-100rpm range.

I don't pay that much attention to cadence, and don't display it on my head unit while riding. Zwift puts it on-screen so I probably pay more attention to it then, but otherwise this is just info I've gleaned from Strava data after-the-fact.
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