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quick question re: spinning(4 posts)

quick question re: spinningcollinsc
Mar 12, 2002 1:23 PM
if when barely above 100rpm (<110) my hips begin the destabilizing rocking motion, my seat height needs to go down right?

Beyond this though, are there any tips to prevent rocking or is the answer just more practice?

Getting a bigger gear might be helpful. nmscottfree
Mar 12, 2002 1:25 PM
re: quick question re: spinningOneheart
Mar 12, 2002 1:48 PM
Yep, you got it.. more practice. To stop rocking (assuming your seat height is not too high) you'll need to smooth out your pedal stroke. Several ways: you can get (or borrow) some rollers or (and this is less expensive) practice one-legged pedaling. Either on a trainer or outside, only use one leg to pedal. Do one leg for a minute or so then use both to rest, then do the other leg and repeat. You don't have to have a fast cadence to do this. Immediately you will see how choppy you stroke is and learn quickly to smooth it out. Good luck.
More practice.guido
Mar 12, 2002 5:25 PM
If your saddle were too high and your hips didn't rock, your legs would over extend on the pedals, and hurt mashing a big gear at 75 rpm. Go ahead and lower the saddle, only a few millimeters, and see if that improves your spin, but if hips don't rock at low rpm and rock at high rpm, it's obviously a cadence problem.

90 rpm is about when you can't think about just pushing down anymore and have to start following the crank around, staying "on top of the gear." This is a complex sequence of muscle movements that have to be learned, while at the same time "unlearning" that satisfying urge to shove down on the pedals when you're feeling good. Just keep practicing, and eventually your legs will be able to spin faster and faster. Next fall, you'll be spinning out at 150 rpms, not 110.