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Question on spinning - throwing my feet(2 posts)

Question on spinning - throwing my feetMcAndrus
Nov 2, 2001 11:00 AM
Last night I was out riding. (Yes, at night. I was wearing a white jersey and white helmet. My bike has a flashing red rear light and a white headlight. My wife says I am very visible - a rolling Christmas tree. I stay in my neighborhood where I know the bumps and cracks in the road. But I digress.)

At one point on a downhill I went into a little ring spin. In the dark I couldn't see my computer for the cadence but I'm guessing 130rpm.

I'm not really a spinner so I don't know what to make of the result. My spin was so choppy it startled me. And no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't smooth it out while still pedaling at this cadence. Each downstroke was like I was throwing my feet at the ground.

So, two questions. 1) Is this common (the spin nazis might know), and 2) is there any training technique I can use to smooth this out? By the way, rollers are not an option this winter ($$$), that's why I'm out riding at night.
work up to itDog
Nov 2, 2001 11:22 AM
Start in a gear the gives some resistance, maybe around 110 rpm's. Work up from there after you get used to it.

Saddle height is important, too. Try raising your saddle a touch, just to see what happens.