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Follow up to yesterdays "Fastest Cadence" post (for hrv)(13 posts)

Follow up to yesterdays "Fastest Cadence" post (for hrv)JFR
Jan 8, 2004 10:15 AM
On this mornings commute I did my first max RPM drill. Having never done this before (after 8 years of MTBing and 8 months of road), and always shifting at sub 120, I was doubtful I could crack 130. The fastest I've ever spun before reaching for a gear change was the high one-teens.

I warmed up for about 20 min, put her in an easy gear, and started to spin it up. I passed 120, then 130, at 135 things were getting a bit choppy and starting to feel kinda out of control. I thought that might be it, but I tried for more.... 140.... wow, the RPMs were still climbing... my computer read 145 as I pushed for a little more... at 152 I backed off the throttle feeling pleasantly surprised. So there you have it, currently my max cadence (for just a second) is 152.

I still can't image spinning at anything above 130 for anything but a short sprint. I've got an all new kind of respect for fixed gear riders.
Way to go! Now imagine doing those rpms in a 53 x 11.hrv
Jan 8, 2004 10:35 AM
Then you'd be either leading out or winning sprints. Got to start somewhere. How about those roller racer guys who spin 220 - 300, for 30+ seconds? Can you imagine?!! A good workout is something like: spin 30 secs. at 90, 30 at 100, 30 at 110, 30 at 120, etc. Can do it in reverse too. Another one that will really help with the spin is 1 legged spinning, at 90+, for 30 secs, 2 legged for 15, next leg for 30, etc. Do as many repeats as you can as long as the cadence stays above 90. Keep the resistance light.

My 'holy grail' of spinning is 200, I hit 197 last night. I just know my trainer/frame is going to explode trying, but I'm gonna do it!

Also, my feeling is that spinning a fixed is easier than a free: you have the crank momentum helping pull through your pedal stroke.

Good job again!
Jan 8, 2004 12:27 PM
This high RPM stuff is facinating to me. I guess I never really thought about it. I didn't realize there was so much life above (say) 130.

Good luck on your 200 goal!
I saw your link that you posted on the previous thread....eyebob
Jan 9, 2004 1:06 PM
So it wasn't a typo. Unreal. That's got to be tough to do on pavement, let alone a roller. THanks for the follow up and the link.

Hey, JFR, a questionpedalAZ
Jan 8, 2004 5:34 PM
what computer/device are you using to measure cadence?

Oh, and another subject. I went on a 30 mile MTB ride 2 wks ago with a fellow who has won 1st place in Sport in the last 2 local MTB races here. I asked him about his training. The secret turns out to be a daily (5x/wk) 10 mile each way ride to work on a beater MTB using mostly canal banks and former railroad tracks; he tries to hammer each direction. On the weekends, it's leaving him in shape to obliterate the competition. He beat 2nd place by 3 minutes at the last preseason tune up race. I figured you could use this little nugget and start racing!
Jan 9, 2004 9:40 AM
I'm using a Cat Eye Astrale and liking it just fine (looks good IMO and works great with optional speed or cadence as the main display). Performance has em on sale ($19.99) if you're intrested.

Thanks for the info bout racing. Buying the road bike and commuting absolutely had XC racing training as part of the motivation. I've been racing sport for several years (on my 32lb fully) with rather poor results. Generally a mid pack finish was a darn good race (although I did finish 7th/~30 in a nasty, super slippery, rain race when people were crashing left and right).

After starting the road riding in May, I've seen steady improvement. My regular riding group (FP, Jilm, Zonic, etc.) have agreed I'm getting faster. Funny how increased milage does that :)

I'm very much looking forward to next season. Thanks again for the example that I'm on the right track.

BTW, I'm in Tucson Jan 26th and 27th on biz. Wish I could work in a ride. I suppose I could fly out Sunday morning... I'd just need an XL bike, a place to stay that night, and a guide :-) I wonder if I should put a post in Passion and see if any of you local AZ peeps could hook me up?
Why not stay at CJ's in Tucson?pedalAZ
Jan 9, 2004 2:40 PM
He's got a fleet of bikes and lives at the 50 Year Trail, complete with hot tub and Tequila. You'd love the trails right there, with lots of fun boulder climbing and dropping, plus the infamous chutes.

Call CJ at wowtnt dot no spam com

He's got space that weekend and has XL bikes.

Otherwise, if you want to come to PHX, let me know. Scott at pvhacienda dot no spam com
Jan 9, 2004 5:07 PM
Thanks a lot Scott. I'll get back to ya.
Tell your friend....Zonic Man
Jan 9, 2004 9:49 AM
..he's a sandbagger and needs to move up!
And on another note....george_da_trog
Jan 8, 2004 9:22 PM
Hey JFR, you should have come down and raced the Early Bird Crit in Fremont last Sunday. Jed and Suzie came down and we had a good time.

I was thinking about going up and entering the Cal Aggie Crit on Saturday but I was invited to a big poker game Sat afternoon so I'm going back down to Fremont on Sunday.

ya, um, no thanksJFR
Jan 9, 2004 9:48 AM
If you can't afford to replace it, you can't afford to race it. There will be no Cat 5 Crit races for me this year. Having a road bike and my health is too important.

However I could prolly be talked into in a road race or certainly a century ride.

I'm also really looking forward to the Prairie City XC series... some Northstar DH races... and maybe a Dual Slalom somewhere (like that event at Infinion Raceway).

But Cat 5 Crits are not of interest. Good luck to you though!
Wuss. (nm)Zonic Man
Jan 9, 2004 9:50 AM
You suck.Zonic Man
Jan 9, 2004 9:48 AM
Who else am I going to have to heckle in the peleton?