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Spinning at high RPMs(5 posts)

Spinning at high RPMsSwiss Cheese
May 3, 2001 10:32 AM
Just started riding the road bike again three weeks before. Trained all winter and early spring on my MTB. Now I experience the same problems as every year. As soon as I try to ride with reasonably high cadence (for a road bike, that is)I feel like running into a brick wall. After three weeks now, I managed to raise my cadence that I can do without bobbing to about 105 rpm, not very much and certainly not enough for certain kinds of work-ups, let's say Joe Friel's spin-up workouts or Chris Carmichaels Fastpedals. I'm shure it will come back, but in time ...?
Anyone out there experience the same problem.
Only one solution...gimmeaminute
May 3, 2001 12:32 PM
Ask grz mnky for a class on non-medical pharmacology. I understand he can get you up to speed. (oops)

Apology in advance to GM, but I wonder what he will devise....if it is good as the bong thread, we should just sit back and enjoy the music...:)
Rollers, baby.bill
May 3, 2001 12:41 PM
While rollers are not ALL things to all people, they are SOMETHING for everybody. Roll, and your problems will spin away. or you'll fall over.
Now that I've been doing these roller things for awhile, my leg strength is up to where I need to spin pretty fast in a long gear to get a workout, but spinning is spinning is good.
About Rollers.....2002USPS
May 3, 2001 3:36 PM
....I understand that they take some getting used to. Is it recomended to start with flats instead of clipless when learing rollers?
Platforms are recommended by the people who may get suedbill
May 3, 2001 4:35 PM
for not "warning" you. Sort of like the people that include the warning that matches are flammable.
If you are well used to clipless and can release in a panic stop as second nature, you'll be fine, because, well, that's what's going to happen. Unless you are someone more advanced in the species than I, you will ride off of them and you may even fall over. That said, I always have used clipless and have only one small scar on my wrist and only a couple of little dings in the floor that hardly anyone notices.
IMHO, the better advice is, rather than forego clipless, start out in a doorway. That way, if you start to go over, you can sort of prop yourself up with your elbows. I say that without ever having done it myself; I just never found the right doorway, and I got used to it all soon enough. After a week or two, about a half dozen sessions, it's not a problem.
Using platforms raises another whole set of issues about pedal stroke, because you would have to keep a smooth stroke on the bottom and on the way up with even pressure on the platform without being clipped in. I don't know; you may even develop a whole other set of skills.