Road Bike, Cycling Forums banner
1 - 9 of 9 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
31 Posts
Optimum Cadence

Depends upon terrain, riding conditions and your general comfort zone. I spent 2 years working on cadence 90+. It requires more cardio fitness but is easier on the legs. I am a heavier strong guy and have found out that I am faster and more comfortable when using 80-85 cadence. I use 90+ when sprinting, busting out or generally tearing it up. I find that I even climb faster one to two gears higher with a lower cadence. The downside is buildup of lactic acid if riding long distances. Remember, your physical makeup should dictate. Ride and your legs will tell you what they like.:thumbsup:

I am mixing cadences, lower on the flat or drafting. Higher for shorter intervals on intensity. I find that longer periods of rapid spinning requires lots of physical resources to maintain.
 

·
Adventure Seeker
Joined
·
5,123 Posts
when I rode a lot a long time ago, I also found it easier to vary my cadence. I feel it gave a better balance to the workout. I have tried a more constant recently and I feel that I got tired faster.
So I am in agreement in doing what your body likes.
 

·
Registered
Escorted from the White House
Joined
·
38,752 Posts
It really depends.

On the flats, just cruising along, I like 85 rpm.

On the flat, hauling ass in a paceline or something... 95-105 rpm seems to work better.

On hills, 75-80 rpm seems best.

I don't think there's one 'right' cadence for everyone, or even for one person for every situation. Terrain and speed are always going to have an effect. I would say that a lot of ppl do pedal too slowly though.



.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
how do you track cadence?
I have a cateye but havent noticed it as an option
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
896 Posts
I train indoors between 96-120 while seated, 90 when standing. outside I run a little slower cadence. I used to be a plodder only managing 72 while standing. I have worked hard over the last 2 years to get my spin going. heart/lung recovery is way faster then leg muscle recovery
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
1,475 Posts
how do you track cadence?
I have a cateye but havent noticed it as an option
There is a simple way to spot track cadence if you do not have an option on your computer during a ride. Use a 5 or 10 second interval. Count how many times one leg make a complete revolution within that interval. If you a cadence of 15 revolutions in 10 seconds, 6x15=90. Not super accurate but close enough to get a general idea. Just don't focus on the time on your computer and become oblivious to everything else. If you want to record you cadence, then you need a new computer.

I usually spin between 90-105.
 

·
Registered
Escorted from the White House
Joined
·
38,752 Posts
ohannon7 said:
how do you track cadence?
I have a cateye but havent noticed it as an option
Either math, or a fancy enough cycle computer.




.
 
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top