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Is max power higher standing?(3 posts)

Is max power higher standing?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Oct 30, 2002 9:40 PM
Just to bring back a question I asked a while ago is max power higher standing? I don't want this to be mistaken with the climbing standing vs. seated debate but rather MAX power. I almost think it should be for a number of reasons:

1) You can use your bodyweight.
2) Your legs are going through a smaller range of motion (about 5-10 degrees at the top of the pedal stroke).

re: Is max power higher standing?husker
Oct 31, 2002 4:06 AM
I think it would be, but there is a balence issue. Most people when they stand come off the seat straight up and therefor, lose power, rather than rising in a "crouched" postition that would allow them to use the power in their legs. They need to stay slightly off the saddle. Good Lord, did that make any sense?
re: Is max power higher standing?tigermilk
Oct 31, 2002 4:38 AM
Just watch the end of a race. Guys are off the saddle. When up off the seat you can throw your whole body into the sprint and generate much more power. Plus when standing you can really pull up hard on one pedal while pushing down on the other one. Also, you can use the bars to your advantage. By pulling on the bars, you have to react the load, which is by pressing down harder on the pedals.

I do sprints on my Computrainer and can see the difference in power. Sitting I may be able to generate 450-500 watts briefly. Standing, I can generate over 700. The number is a bit low due to too many losses in the system - the bike and trainer mount start to rock and tilt off the ground, tire slip on the roller, etc.