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Peadalling action: road vs mtb(6 posts)

Peadalling action: road vs mtbMichaelM
Aug 29, 2003 12:45 AM
After a few knee operations and with the onset of mild arthritis, I got into mountain biking. No problem said the orthopods, low impact, keeps it moving it's good for you.

I think as a result of this I've always tended to remain in the saddle and spin a low gear rather than trying to power away up things. Moving onto roadbiking, it seems that this is no bad thing, in fact it seems to be what's advocated on here, to keep up a good cadence.

My mtb buddy is a bit of a gear cranker, and will proudly state that he went the whole day on a given route without using the small chain ring. I try and tell him, as politely as possible and without putting him down that maybe he should try a lower gear, but he won't have it, only need them for bail out being his reply.

So I'm left wondering, is there any reason why he should/shouldn't use a lower gear, is road riding and mtb'ing that much different as to warrant different style's? Or is it horses for courses, individuals preference etc?

I think I know the answer, as I'm often thinking to myself "you should be using a lower gear" while waiting for him at the top of the climbs :-)
re: Peadalling action: road vs mtbdivve
Aug 29, 2003 1:34 AM
When it's rough I tend to run a slightly higher gear to keep my speed smooth. I've found that spinning as high as I do on the smooth stuff or the road for that matter takes a lot or torque away. It just depends on the circumstances. BTW, on my MTB I ride a double as well 44/29 with a 12-34 cassette. I've never found that small granny usefull...walking is faster than that (this is just from an XC perspective).
where do you ride?!_rt_
Aug 29, 2003 7:52 AM
maybe i just have girlie legs (after all, i am a girl! ;-P) but for the riding i've done in western NC your granny is not only your friend but your lover!!

where do you ride?!divve
Aug 29, 2003 10:20 AM
I ride in northern europe. Perhaps it was a little bit unclear in my post. I do use my 29 chainring when I have to...just don't have any use for a 22. There's also no place I'd be interested in riding if I had to use 22/34 or something like that. It's just not my thing riding so slow in very difficult conditions:)
Different actions...Spunout
Aug 29, 2003 3:47 AM
On the MTB like a roadbike on cobbles, the big gear keeps the rear wheel on the ground and the front wheel tracking over the crud.

But, everyone should learn how to spin. Health options plus a more supple stroke benefit always.
re: Peadalling action: road vs mtbgtscottie
Aug 29, 2003 6:39 AM
As you probably know MTBing is a lot more technical than road riding. What I mean by that is a lot of times when you are trail riding you don't see the tree across the road of the creek etc... until the last moment. As a result I always like to spin a gear that leaves me a reserve. So that I can make it up the creek bank etc.. without falling over or having to jump out of my clips.
When I first started road riding I saw that there was very little for surprises and as a result hit the big gear and powered my way down the road. All the time getting passed by these guys and girls (including my wife) that were spinning a hundred miles an hour for no I thought. I finally tried the high cadence way on the road and believe it or not the ride was more relaxing and I made easier miles. The funny part abought all this is that when I MTB I am constantly telling my buddies to pick up the cadence but wasn't smart enough to transfer that to the road.

I suspect your buddy is in the same place I was.