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Trouble "spinning" in the drops.(4 posts)

Trouble "spinning" in the drops.Fez
Apr 1, 2003 8:44 PM
I consider myself a good spinner, easily maintaining a strong and smooth 90-100 RPM cadence on the top of the bars and on the hoods.

I have been trying to ride more on the drops recently, and I feel as though I can maintain the same cadence, but it doesn't feel as smooth all the way thru the pedal stroke. Maybe it is, but I'm not sure.

Generally, is it harder to maintain a smooth pedal stroke when riding in the drops? Should I give it time, or should I move the saddle forward a few millimeters to aid in smooth spinning?

My old saddle position was perfect when I spent most of the time on the hoods, but I was wondering if saddle position should change since I am riding more on the drops now.
re: Trouble "spinning" in the drops.flying
Apr 1, 2003 9:23 PM
Since you say "Maybe it is, but I'm not sure."
I would tend to think it is just a flexibility thing & would give it some time to adjust.
Especially if you have used your old saddle position for a long time without knee pain etc.
Try to consciously remember to release the pedal at the bottom of the stroke. Your position in the drops being new to you could be causing you to weight the pedals more or I should just say less fluid? Know what I mean? ;-)
re: Trouble "spinning" in the drops.micha
Apr 2, 2003 3:22 AM
I also think you're having a slight flexibility problem. Your hamstrings are probably at the beginning of a stretch when you're in the drops. At the bottom of the stroke, they are then stretched a bit beyond their customary range and produce that little kick-back jerk you feel.

I wouldn't change saddle position. More and more time in the drops will re-educate your muscles, tendons and ligaments. Ride in the drops for longer and longer periods of time. You might be surprised how little time you actually spend in the drops. 15 minutes of straight drops-riding will feel like a very long time, but you should be able to do it without pain once you're flexible enough.
agree; flexibility and practice nmDougSloan
Apr 2, 2003 6:51 AM