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whats your fastest cadence?(20 posts)

whats your fastest cadence?zipptrek
Jan 6, 2004 8:16 PM
On the bike or the trainer.
about 200 on fixed gear, 180 freewheel nmDougSloan
Jan 6, 2004 8:17 PM
HOW?!!! I wanna know!Mike P
Jan 7, 2004 4:59 AM
I'm not questioning your numbers. I have been working to up my cadence, primarily to keep from spinning out on the downhill runs, and have hit a wall so to speek. At this point I'm wondering if I am going to have to go fixed. What's the trick?

2nd magnet?dzrider
Jan 7, 2004 6:11 AM
I couldn't count that fast much less spin that fast so you gotta be using a computer to get the number. An extra magnet on the down tube would get me up close to 250.
Me too53T
Jan 7, 2004 7:22 AM
I know guys who spin 180+. I will be doing some roller races this winter and they use restricted gearing. If I want to be competitive I have to get faster than my current 145 rpm. Can you share some secrets, or were you just born that way?
how? necessity!DougSloan
Jan 7, 2004 7:24 AM
My record freewheel spinout took pace in the Central Coast Double a few years ago when following 2 tandems and some other solos. I was at the back of the solos at the time, with the tandems leading. We started down a long, straight, steep hill, and the solos let the tandems gap. I was not about to have that, so I sprinted down the hill, past all the solos, and caught the tandems by the bottom of the hill. In a 53x12 ratio, I spun up to 58 mph. That works out to 166 rpms. Sorry, remembered that one wrong; wasn't 180.

I've hit 180-200 frequently on the fixed gear. In a 42x16, I ride big hills around here, some of which allow coasting at 55 mph. I've routinely been over 40-42 mph, thus 180-200 rpms.

How do you do it? Doesn't hurt to begin with fast twitch muscles. I was a quarter mile/400 m sprinter in high school and college. From there on, it's about practice and concentration. Lift your butt of the saddle and just go fast.

holy schmoly! nmJS Haiku Shop
Jan 7, 2004 6:21 AM
Hey Johan - No Chain nmTjoiwr
Jan 7, 2004 11:20 AM
137ish, fixed gear, but not for long nmJS Haiku Shop
Jan 7, 2004 6:21 AM
150 on fixed gear nmbigrider
Jan 7, 2004 6:41 AM
196 free; haven't tried fixed yethrv
Jan 7, 2004 7:27 AM
And I'm slow, for a trackie wannabe. Still haven't hit that elusive 200. Getting close, however.

I can't see how some people can't spin above 150. Have you tried an easy, easy gear -- downhill? Seems impossible to me to not be able to spin high with that combination. Now I'm not saying there's no bouncing going on....

I think about 160ish on my fixie. (nm)jtferraro
Jan 7, 2004 7:54 AM
196 to 198 - small gear sprints. nm.853
Jan 7, 2004 8:46 AM
Shy of 120... but I've never tried for a max (more)JFR
Jan 7, 2004 11:25 AM
As an MTB crossover, I've only been riding road since May and haven't tried for a max spin before. I have of course glanced down when "really" spinning, before grabbing a couple gears, and seen high one-teens.

I'm most comfortable riding in the 95-105 range.

I'm empressed by you guys that can spin over 130, and astonished by those approaching 200! I would have never guessed it possible. Further, at that kind of RPM, I'm also a bit surprised that you can look down at your computer, and then make out what it says. Pretty cool.
I didn't say I was 'most comfortable' at high rpms!hrv
Jan 7, 2004 11:36 AM
My comfort range is the same as yours, but when I need to spin, like in a sprint, I need to spin! When I get to the 190's I'm praying something doesn't give, like a crank arm, achilles tendon, etc! But as I said above, I'm working on my velodrome skills and with one gear, that's all you have to go faster, your spin.

How fast can you spin when in an easy gear, going downhill? If you can't get above 130, go to your easiest gear and try it. Just curious.

I didn't say I was 'most comfortable' at high rpms!al0
Jan 7, 2004 12:09 PM
for some unknown reason I can spin higher cadence slightly uphill (2-3%, 140-142RPM)then downhill (max 135RPM). Can somebody explain Why?
oh I know...JFR
Jan 7, 2004 12:24 PM
I undertood those high RPMs were redline numbers, and not comfortable numbers. I only included my comfort number as a point of reference I guess.

I've never really tried spinning much above my "shift point" of about 105-110. Only on a few occasions I've gone into the one-teens, for whatever reason, before shifting.

This thread has me real curious what I can max out at. The one-teens have felt pretty fast, so we'll see if I can crack 130 without bouncing off the saddle.

I've been riding MTB for close to 10 years, without any focused training or spin work, so my muscle memory is pretty engrained at what's comfortable... above that I shift.

I'd try a max spin tonight on my commute home, but my computer isn't backlit :( So I guess I'll try tomorrow on my ride back in :)

Thanks for the discussion, I'm really enjoying this board and the things I'm learning and being entertained with. I shoulda bought a road bike a long time ago.
I hit 180+ on the indoor trainer ...HouseMoney
Jan 7, 2004 12:45 PM
... during the 0.2 mile power test I read about in Friel's book. My dog jumped up from his sound sleep, probably wondering what the heck I was doing. Had it continued any longer, I would've been seeing spots.
Jan 7, 2004 5:44 PM
Thanks for the input. I thought my computer might be screwed up when I saw 175 on the trainer. I've never come anywhere near that on the road.

You can learn alot about your pedal spin doing one legged intervals.
late to the post - over 180 regularlycmgauch
Jan 8, 2004 9:14 AM
But 189 is my current fixed gear record. I make it a point to break 180 on every FG ride. There are some decent hills around here & with a fixed gear, you don't have any choice once you decide to hammer down a hill.