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What cadence do you ride?

Old 06-02-07, 03:45 PM
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What cadence do you ride?

I just got a computer with cadence and I had never kept track before. I don't race and don't plan on doing any racing for a while. I might try a triathlon later in the summer. My cadence was around 85-89 for most of my ride this morning, 28 miles avg 18 mph. What cadence to you recomend as I get back into cycling shape? Thanks
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HA!

I think there are a lot of people here that would say you're already well on your way there with those numbers.

It all depends....are you a spinner or a masher?

I'm usually in the low 90's for an average ride like the one you just did.
Below 90 doesn't feel right....above 100 doesn't feel right.
That's just me.
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A spinner's a winner. I like to stay just above 100. For a short, max effort, I will go briefly to 130+
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Old 06-02-07, 04:13 PM
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It all depends....are you a spinner or a masher?
I have no idea?
I am really just getting back into road biking. I commuted in philly during grad school on a bike but it just isn't the same. It is really flat here so the numbers are deceiving! I can't imagine 130+ I don't know if my legs will move that fast.
Out of curiosity, at what point does your cadence become counter productive with efficiency? i.e. more effort than speed?
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80 - 120
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Average 105 flats... 85-95 mountains...
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I train at 95-100 except during intensity, when it's closer to 110. I race at about 110, going up from there as needed. I can sprint to 160-165.
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When the ride permits long stretches of flat terrain I find that I feel most comfortable in the 90-95 rpm range. For me, it seems that I can tell almost immediately when I get above or below that.
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Originally Posted by waterrockets
. I can sprint to 160-165.
uh...what the f*ck. even I cant do that

60rpm
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for flats it feels best right around 85-90. for hills i'm usually around 100 to 110.
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Old 06-02-07, 05:56 PM
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100-110, depending on the terrain. Slightly lower when Im in a pace line.
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92ish, +/- 25 rpm
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I find myself in the high 80s but and working to spin more. I have to concentrate, but generally I feel better when I do.
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85-95 on flats
55-65 on hills....maybe I need a triple instead of my compact
(ps I'm a clyde)
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Uphill 80-90
Flats 90-100
Downhill 100-110
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I train at 96ish on most terrain, and on long climbs 70-90. In my last race, I found myself spinning at 105-108
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85 to 110 rpm. Slide back and grind. Shift forward and spin. As I tire I slow down.
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Originally Posted by trackstar10
uh...what the f*ck. even I cant do that

60rpm


I have track racing friends who can hit 180...
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Yes, I rode a Cadence once.

No.... twice.
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whatever speed produces the lowest pain to speed ratio.
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flats - low to mid 80s
hills - mid 70s

i tried spinning above 110 once, but it threw me off the bike
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well, i'm learning to be a spinner after my recent knee injury. prior to the injury (overuse, tendonitis/bursitis) i was in the 80-85 range average. now, i've gotten it up to the 90-93 average and would like to average a little bit higher. it really depends on the terrain tho, i would think.

in a paceline, as i was today, it was around 90. haven't done a solo ride yet, probably monday or tuesday and will see what i can average.
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As I understand it, piston-type engines are intrinsically inefficient because energy is wasted moving the piston back and forth (versus a turbine, for instance, which is always spinning the same direction). Since a pedalling cyclist is essentially a piston engine, isn't isn't a lower cadence theoretically more efficient, since there's less reciprocation?

(I realize that humans have biomechanical limitations, and may not be able to maintain the same power output at a low cadence, and of course mashers may have knee problems as well.)
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