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Cadence(3 posts)

CadenceMarinCinelli
Jul 9, 2001 6:16 AM
I have just fitted a Specialized Speedzone computer with cadence and have started to try and increase my cadence to between 90-110rpm.

My question is: what about the hills? I understand that the argument about cadence is that in theory we are more efficient at higher cadences but when I hit a hill I find it difficult to maintain a 90-110 cadence frequently dropping to 70-80 and on long or steep climbs even lower.

Presumably this is a conditioning and/or basic strength issue?
re: CadencePingPong
Jul 9, 2001 7:05 AM
If this sort of cadence (less than 70) is a regular occurrence then it sounds like it would be worth getting some lower gears.

If it is just on the odd hill you could look at it as good strength training.

I think a lot of people live with these very low cadences on hills because they don't want to switch to lower gears or even the dreaded triple.
re: CadenceJon Billheimer
Jul 9, 2001 9:02 AM
A friend of mine who's an exceptional climber has a training regimen where he picks a hill for repeats. Approaching the bottom he winds his spin up to 110+ and then tries to hold that cadence as long as he can without changing gears. In the Spring he says he blows up about halfway up, but by early Summer can hold the spin right over the top (this hill is about a mile long and about 8% grade). Then he continues the exercise one gear higher. It obviously works for him. Like Armstrong, this guy spins a gear on hills about 10 rpm higher than everybody else. The rest of us love to hate him on hills. Oh yeah, he's almost 60 yrs. old, and the 30 yr old guys sometimes have a hard time keeping up!