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This is how to improve your cadence

Old 01-07-09, 11:47 AM
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I guess there's a reason his coach calls him "all twitch". It really did look almost cartoonish, like Wile E. Coyote on a treadmill or something. Looking forward to this kid hitting the pro circuit sometime soon.
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I spun up (sorta like) that once on rollers; got to 53 mph (indicated) just before I flew off and landed in a heap. The rear tire melted a hole in the brand new carpet in our newly finished basement. SO was really pissed.
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche
After watching a guy on rollers?

Geez...
Rollers have more elevation incline than Florida.
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Old 01-07-09, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by SKYLAB
I guess there's a reason his coach calls him "all twitch". It really did look almost cartoonish, like Wile E. Coyote on a treadmill or something. Looking forward to this kid hitting the pro circuit sometime soon.
PS: That wasn't Taylor on the rollers, in case that's what you thought.
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Originally Posted by dysFTP
Big track sprinters put out more than that. Nothstein was 2200+ watts. Hoy can probably do more.
your talking about an 18 y.o kid, not an established track phenom like hoy. He's been at it for years.
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Old 01-07-09, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by SKYLAB
I guess there's a reason his coach calls him "all twitch". It really did look almost cartoonish, like Wile E. Coyote on a treadmill or something. Looking forward to this kid hitting the pro circuit sometime soon.
I believe he is captaining the new Armstrong development team.
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Originally Posted by dysFTP
Big track sprinters put out more than that. Nothstein was 2200+ watts. Hoy can probably do more.
Jamie Staff has reported ~2300 W during a standing start on another forum. Some of the other british sprinters (e.g. Hoy) are probably doing that or a little more.

Back when I used to have to spend my winters on rollers I could tag 200 rpm on them without moving the bike around too much. I probably can't come close anymore.
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can you imagine your local gym's spin classes using a room of rollers like that? I'd go, once
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Originally Posted by superdex
can you imagine your local gym's spin classes using a room of rollers like that? I'd go, once
Pretty much any big track event is like that, but with all different sorts of rollers, scattered all over the place, with people swinging bikes around an inch from your front wheel while you're on them. You don't see a lot of stationary trainers.
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Originally Posted by SKYLAB
I guess there's a reason his coach calls him "all twitch". It really did look almost cartoonish, like Wile E. Coyote on a treadmill or something. Looking forward to this kid hitting the pro circuit sometime soon.
I have to laugh because that is exactly the term my riding buddy applies to me when I race him...cartoonish or freakish cadence. I haven't measured mine and don't believe it is as high as the rider shown but it is high and why I can beat guys that have more basic leg strength. Guys with big legs generally can't spin super high RPM...the great equalizer.
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I've managed 205 rpm for a max on a single speed. Zing.

I generally mash a bit in training ~90rpm, but I do intervals occasionally in the 120rpm range. It seems like I race around 100rpm.

It really helps approaching a finish at 30mph knowing that I don't need to shift at all for the sprint. If I'm doing 100rpm, even jumping all the way to 40 is only going to have me at 133rpm. If it's a long sprint, I'll shift though, to get back on top of it.
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yeah, being able to spin that high is really useful in track racing, but no so much for road racing. there is no reason for us roadies to be at anywhere above 150. that should never happen.

here is a good video of steegmans in the final stage of le tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI_9Sj7ntuw @1:10

notice the low cadence. probably right around 120.
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Old 01-08-09, 04:23 AM
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That looks like what happens to me when I go down Chapel Hill in the rain on a 39X15 fixed. The brakes don't work too good in the wet...

But yes, it does look foolish, not really an advert for riding fixed. Keeps my legs warm on cold winter days!
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That's an honest-to-God 190 rpm or so. Sweet.
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