Spinning Too Fast?
I’ve the feeling that I’ve been lulled into riding at too high a cadence, so that I’m spinning away, but going nowhere very fast. On my road bike, Gina (Giant SCR LTD), I tend to average just under 100 rpm, with conscious gear shifts to try to keep the revs between 100 & 110 rpm.
This morning, I rode into Walker on Trixie the Fixie. As a fixed wheel bike, she seems to have only two speeds - ’stop’ and ‘go’. Yet despite the lack of gears, and two short but steep hills on the way here, I averaged over 18mph. I don’t know what the cadence was, nor the top speeds, since I’m riding Trixie naked (no, not like Charlie The Bike Monger (link of somewhat adult content) - I mean without a cycle computer).
And last week on Gina, I was overtaken by someone riding a really beaten up ‘mountain’ bike. The rider was sitting bolt upright, and zipping along at 19mph (I know this, because I couldn’t just let him get away with passing me like that!).
So I’m wondering if I’m running at too high a cadence, which leaves my legs on the edge of tired. So if I shift up a gear, it seems really hard work, even though I know that on Trixie, I’d just work on through it.
Either that, or I’m just a big girl’s blouse when it comes to cycling, with leg muscles like over-cooked spaghetti . . .
. . . which is too horrible to think about. So I’m going to change my gear shift limits to 95-105 rpm & see if that makes any difference.
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 07/19/2007
- Total Time: 00:28:00.00
- Distance: 8.5 miles
- Average Speed: 18.21 mph