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Whats the key to proper pedaling?(12 posts)

Whats the key to proper pedaling?Spiderman
Jun 4, 2001 6:56 PM
What things are you supposed to think about to get circular spinning?
think circlesclub
Jun 4, 2001 7:40 PM
just picture your feet going around fast in perfect circles. To accelerate, don't pedal harder, just make the circles quicker. Meanwhile, practice not rocking your hips at all, and not moving your upper body, head, or shoulders at all. You should be like a machine with only the legs going around. Body movement acceptable when going real hard, climbing, etc. I'm talking about cruising along. Look at every rider you see as soon as you spot him/her in the distance. You can tell at hundreds of yards the degree of pedaling prowess, or lack thereof. Don't be a weeble.
think circles indeedScott
Sep 26, 2001 10:04 PM
I read this in a book by Lance and Chris Carmichael: imagine scraping mud off your shoe at the bottom of the stroke, and pushing a barrel over at the top of your stroke. I think about that every time I ride now and it works well for even power distribution throughout the pedal rotation.
Rollers &/or Fixed Gear ridecoonass
Jun 4, 2001 8:03 PM
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Think steady, light pressure through the balls of your feet .bill
Jun 4, 2001 8:22 PM
Don't tighten up, flex, or much think about your ankles, either (although sometimes I think of my ankles going in a circle as opposed to the balls of my feet going in a circle -- I think that it helps keep the relationship between my lower leg and the balls of my feet constant).
I've been rollering a lot and recommend it highly.
Good advice aboveJim Burton
Jun 4, 2001 9:14 PM
I can second that about the steady light pressure on the balls. As a previous post suggests (I can't remember who said it, but to whoever, very good visual and thanks!) imagine an egg under each ball of your feet. You have to keep it where it is, but not crack it. It works well for me, especially when I'm tired and my form is breaking down.
Just this a.m., I was riding up a slight, but long incline.bill
Jun 5, 2001 8:58 AM
I was trying to pick up the speed a little, and I noticed that I was starting to mash. I focused on my stroke and smoothed it out. The quads hurt a bit less and I picked up speed. Voila.
If you've got an extra $800 to spend . . .Andy
Jun 4, 2001 10:38 PM
. . . you can get a set of PowerCranks which are designed to teach you (force you) to pedal in circles. They are individually clutched crank arms that turn independently of each other. These cranks require you to push down, across the bottom, up the back side and over the top on each and every pedal stroke. I've been using them for nine months and have seen some nice improvements. The $800 is a pretty steep price but the cranks can acomplish some things that can't be done by doing isolated leg drills.
. . . and you believe the hype.Kerry Irons
Jun 5, 2001 6:36 PM
There's really nothing to back up PowerCrank's claims. As a matter of fact, a number of reports (i.e. Zinn in VeloNews) on these things suggest they don't do any good and mostly force you to pedal in an un-natural fashion. You'll get more benefit from one legged drills, rollers, and a focus on "pedaling circles." I'm glad you feel they've helped you, but this is hardly a controlled experiment.
Any more info?Andy
Jun 5, 2001 8:30 PM
Any more info on those two magazine sources you listed? I'd be interested checking them out. Thanks for the info.
Smooth is Fast.blue bayou
Jun 4, 2001 11:05 PM
But without power--it's useless. Try not to get bent, eh, around the axle. I like to think triangles. (base on bottom of the stroke) Spinning at a controllable RPM is a good start, if form is your function. Maintain a rate that your form does not suffer, get in tune with it, then jack up the RPM. SMOOTH IS FAST. Focus on being smooth and the speed will follow. If not you will carry your imperfections to the next level and they will magnify.

Back to the beginning. If your ultimate goal is to ride faster you must be able to gain either rate or gear; and maintain it. Smooth is fast but I prefer vitesse et puissance. Triangles, triangles, triangles. Ibuprofen, ibuprofen, ibuprofen.
ThanksSpiderman
Jun 4, 2001 11:32 PM
Thanks, i'll think about these on my next ride!