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Proper cadence for easy indoor trainer training(3 posts)

Proper cadence for easy indoor trainer trainingchazman
Mar 11, 2002 4:18 PM
What is the proper cadence to keep during an easy 1-hour indoor training session. I was targetting 120pbs heart rate at 85 cadence but that starting feeling like a workout after 25 minutes. Is it more important to try to adjust gears for the perfect cadence or is it more important to adjust cadence to target the specific heart rate?
Gear downjtolleson
Mar 11, 2002 4:30 PM
You want to adjust resistence, not cadence, as much as possible. That also better mimics outdoor riding, where you shift to adjust for variations in terrain while trying to maintain a steady 80-100 cadence.

Within reason, of course. I've never hit 80 rpm's on a steep hill in my life, and never will. They don't make gears that low.
To go easy, spin.Kerry
Mar 11, 2002 4:40 PM
For an easy workout, focus on your spin and HR. 85 rpm is low - shoot for more like 95-100. For a 120 bpm recovery ride, you're going to be in a pretty low gear/resistance.