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Pedaling question(9 posts)

Pedaling questionJuniorgriff
Jun 22, 2003 8:32 AM
I am relatively new to cycling and I know a little bit about technique and stuff. One thing I was told is that when you are pedaling, you should be pusing down with one leg and pulling up with the other at the same time. I don't know if I am doing this or not, because when I get back from rides, the only muscle in my leg that is sore is my quad from pushing the pedals down. I am just wondering if I am doing something wrong or what the deal is. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Back and unweightLC
Jun 22, 2003 9:20 AM
Not really up, but back at the bottom of the stroke. The up part is only enough so that your foot going down does not have to push the weight of your other foot up.
do one leg workouts!rrjc5488
Jun 22, 2003 10:41 AM
When you go out for a training ride, unclip one foot hold it back and pedal with one leg for a minute, switch for the other leg. do this two or three times during your ride. This gets your quads, hip flexors, and hamstrings all to work. You should have a smoother spin within a few weeks.
Studies have shownKerry
Jun 22, 2003 4:15 PM
There are numerous studies on the amount of "pull up" going on for experienced cyclists, and the answer is "not much." At lower cadences, it is possible to do all kinds of things with pedal forces, but as you get into the useful range of cadence (85+) the duration of any given portion of the pedal stroke becomes very short. If you do the one-leg drills suggested, and focus on applying power over a longer portion of the downstroke (so-called "pedaling circles") you will get a smooth and efficient cadence. Attempts at pulling up often result in a jerky and inefficient stroke.
Studies have shownLearux
Jun 22, 2003 6:33 PM
Furthermore too much pulling will result in great injuries.

That is a force, that the joints in the leg are totally not made for. Never anywhere anytime in history was there a need or way to pull up a weight like we do with our clipless pedals.

Learux
Hmmm....joekm
Jun 23, 2003 5:25 AM
I know that when I'm trying to start out fast or get over a short but steep roller, I'll sometimes stand and "think run" on the bike. This makes me pull upward a lot more aggressively, but I only do this for a short period at a time.

I've tried doing a more aggressive upstroke at normal cadences but it's too fast for me to be smooth. At best, all I can really do is "unload" the pedal on the upstroke. I was of the impression that this was a flaw in my technique, but it sounds like you're saying that this is normal.
Is that a 650c front wheel?? is this why your pedalling is wierdCat 3 boy
Jun 23, 2003 1:19 AM
just wierd angle, look carefully nmcyclopathic
Jun 23, 2003 6:09 AM
just wierd angle, look carefully nmclintb
Jun 23, 2003 7:57 AM
Looking carefully makes it look all that much more like a 650c front. Compare the TT to the room's baseboard. They're not even close to being parallel. Something's weird, that's for sure.