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I thought I was spinning - HA!(5 posts)

I thought I was spinning - HA!MichaelM
Jan 7, 2004 8:12 AM
I'd previously thought that when riding, my cadence was at approx 90 or just above. This wasn't total guess work, but noted from ex bikes at the gym, where I found that was a comfortable cadence, and also when out mountain biking, i tend to sit and "spin" (it's relative) whereas my friends are standing and pushing bigger gears.

I've just fitted a cyclecomputer with cadence measurement, and was a little shocked to find that I'm more comfortable in the low 80's (or even in the high 70's towards the end of the ride).

Am I aiming at the right fig (90), or is it more complex than that, I think I've read - but couldn't say where - that 90 is in the region of a decent cadence.

Do I just work away at maintaining 90? or should I be aiming higher? What do you think?


re: I thought I was spinningChen2
Jan 7, 2004 9:02 AM
My experience was similar to yours. I started training at higher cadences and after one season 90 was as comfortable as 80 had been before. I'm nearly 61 and have found that my body likes 88 to 95 on century rides with or without hills. I often spin 100 to 105 on shorter rides. Higher cadences help my old knees feel better.
same here 95-115bimini
Jan 7, 2004 10:37 AM
I find I am a stronger rider if I spin in the 95-115 range than if I push big gears. I'm and older rider (and a little on the heavy side (at least compared to some of the folks I race with). I find that if I don't spin up hills sometimes at 130+ I get dropped. If I stand and try to turn a larger gear I spend all my energy and have nothing left.

I got a Astral 8 early this year and always keep it switched to cadence. I notice my speed and power dropping off if I don't keep the cadence above 95. There is some debate as to if recovery rides should be ridden at lower cadence but I always try to keep it above 90.

I know long ago when I was a you pup in the early 70's I could climb anything with my 42 tooth front with my corncob 5 speed rear with a 12-16 on it. Then I was a stomper. Now I'm a spinner. Ride the style that fits your physical makeup and strengths.
Somewhere on linewooglin
Jan 7, 2004 10:53 AM
there's a cadence calculator. When you input the number of ring and cog teeth, your wheel size, and your speed, it tells you what cadence you were pedaling. It told me I routinely ride between 110 and 120. I didn't believe it then, and still don't.
cadence calculators = sheldon brown & (nm)jtferraro
Jan 7, 2004 11:25 AM