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The Compact Needs to go, What Needs to be Upgraded?

Old 03-13-06, 02:37 AM
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Originally Posted by OPC
There are very successful professional riders who cruise along at a 'mashing' 80RPM cadence, including Mr. Ulrich.
Ulrich rides 80-85rpm on hills and ~95rpm on the flat... this is from looking at '94 Tour coverage. Yup, he is a masher... most of the pros pedal faster than that.

What we really *don't* need are gears that are as high as what the pros use... because we can't produce the power and speed that they can.

The odds are very good that Snuffleupagus would benefit greatly by practising a higher cadence. This is Beginning Bike Rider 101 stuff. There aren't even any decent Cat5 racers mashing along at 75rpm. In crits, 110+ is optimum.

It requires training and practise before it feels comfortable... but he'll perform better when he gets the hang of it.

He doesn't need higher gearing. I ride with a top gear of 48/13 most of the time. That is big enough for a 40mph sprint... and that is about all I can do.
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Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus
At a given speed, lets say 20mph, I fatigue much more quickly at 110rpm than at 70rpm.
Lower revs use more muscle, higher revs use more CV system.

Building up your CV system (gradually) is very probably more beneficial to your overall health over the long term than building up your leg muscles. IMHO, if you have no medical reason for not building better CV condition, you should go that route. The drool is your call.
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Get a straight block cog set starting at an 11t...
Stop playing and get a fsa 42t inner ring….
or make it a point to find some hills.

Mash on….
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Originally Posted by OPC
. I do not think he derserves to be lectured on his riding style.

Jose, the OP asked, "All those recommending that I increase my cadence.....I want to know why?"

I wasn't "lecturing", I was answering his question.

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Old 03-13-06, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Bobby Lex
Jose, the OP asked, "All those recommending that I increase my cadence.....I want to know why?"

I wasn't "lecturing", I was answering his question.

You are correct, sir. I apologize. I was actually thinking about one of the earlier posts, but ended up quoting yours and I should not have. Sorry.

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