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sprinting out of saddle: sway bike from side to side or no?(7 posts)

sprinting out of saddle: sway bike from side to side or no?weiwentg
May 25, 2003 4:55 PM
when out of the saddle, is it best to a) have the bike sway hard from side to side, b) to minimize lateral movement, or c) do whatever you please?
C...do whatever wrings the most speed out of it!(nm)merckx56
May 25, 2003 4:58 PM
Depends on the RPM'sspeedisgood
May 25, 2003 8:28 PM
The lower the cadence, the greater the amplitude of the sway.
Watch the track riders (nm)brider
May 27, 2003 1:04 PM
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re: sprinting out of saddle: sway bike from side to side or no?Cat 3 boy
May 27, 2003 2:08 PM
Just try riding out of the saddle WITHOUT swaying the bike!

If u can do that then I'm impressed.
what I meant was...weiwentg
May 27, 2003 3:59 PM
how much do you mash the bike from side to side? I don't sway my bike so much, but one guy I know looks like he's going out of control.
yes, I can ride out of the saddle without moving the bike from side to side. of course, I'm not usually going very fast when I do it that way.
what I meant was...Cat 3 boy
May 28, 2003 12:02 AM
as with most things in cycling you should always avoid the extremes, ie the guy who looks "out of control", he must be wasting so much energy.

If you watch a Tour stage in the mountains a good climber is rhythmically rocking the bars to & fro as he pedals out of the saddle, the body being almost motionless above the swaying bike.

The French have a great term for riding out of the saddle: "en danseuse" says it all ;)