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    What is your cadence like?

    I'm finding myself very comfortable with a cadence of 105-110 rpm for harder efforts and feel pretty relaxed at 95 rpm, with a zone 1 pace at about 85.

    I'm glad my harder effort is around 105: the 1 hour world record is consistently set with cadences around 105.

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    So what are you saying - that you think you can set a new 1 hour record?

    When I ride my fixie, with 42x16 gearing, my cadence is about 5 times my speed. I've gotten up to about 35 mph on a downhill. Do the math.
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    Well, I do not like to maintain champion cadence but to ride comfortably most of the time and therefore it can be somewhere about 60~70 rpm. Sudden accelerations are nice but since most of my riding is within city there is just no place for it.

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    Who cares what any of our cadences are like? Each of us will have a different comfortable range of cadences.
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    What is your cadence like?

    My cadence is like a bowl of melting frozen strawberry yogurt garnished with lilac blossoms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fireform View Post
    My cadence is like a bowl of melting frozen strawberry yogurt garnished with lilac blossoms.

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    Biopace increases my cadence my 8.36% on the non drive side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alkan View Post
    I'm glad my harder effort is around 105: the 1 hour world record is consistently set with cadences around 105.
    Thanks. That would explain why I don't hold the hour record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fireform View Post
    My cadence is like a bowl of melting frozen strawberry yogurt garnished with lilac blossoms.
    Nice. I was going to say my cadence is like an atomic clock, exquisitely tuned to the fundamental rhythms of the universe. It would be a lie, but I was going to say it anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanE View Post
    So what are you saying - that you think you can set a new 1 hour record?

    When I ride my fixie, with 42x16 gearing, my cadence is about 5 times my speed. I've gotten up to about 35 mph on a downhill. Do the math.
    I did the math. 170 rpm. Impressive. I think my top end is a bit lower than that. I run a wee bit taller gear on the FG, and I've been up around 150 rpm a few times (I think -- no computer).

    Your cadence (in rpm) is 4.857 times your speed in mph (assuming you have 700-23 tires).
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    All I know is that my cadence is better than yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cda 455 View Post
    Ooy!
    I should have added "on a long, warm summer evening," in the interest of precision.
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    Let's have a p1ssing contest!
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    I don't like my cadence to go over 85 or so, otherwise I feel I'm going to fly over the front of the bars. I'd rather go up a gear and pedal harder (yea, I'm one of those guys).

    Why doesn't anyone care about average speed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wetworks View Post
    Why doesn't anyone care about average speed?
    Because everyone is faster on the internet

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanE View Post
    So what are you saying - that you think you can set a new 1 hour record?

    When I ride my fixie, with 42x16 gearing, my cadence is about 5 times my speed. I've gotten up to about 35 mph on a downhill. Do the math.
    No, I was actually curious just to hear people's general cadence range. It's not a predictor of absolute performance. Some people have really powerful legs and have a slower cadence.

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    My comfortable cadence is 90-95. If I'm powering into a wind then probably 85 or so, and if I'm going for speed then 100-105. I can't comment on my climbing cadence too much because I live in the flat lands of Ontario - no hills of significance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wetworks View Post
    I don't like my cadence to go over 85 or so, otherwise I feel I'm going to fly over the front of the bars. I'd rather go up a gear and pedal harder (yea, I'm one of those guys).
    How is pedaling faster going to make you fly over the bars or are you trying to be funny?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ph0enix View Post
    How is pedaling faster going to make you fly over the bars or are you trying to be funny?
    Trying? TRYING!!?? I resent the implication.



    Seriously though, I haven't gone clipless yet, so i feel a bit out of control pedaling faster in a low gear.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Alkan View Post
    No, I was actually curious just to hear people's general cadence range. It's not a predictor of absolute performance. Some people have really powerful legs and have a slower cadence.
    Good point. Example: although most hour records in the last 40 years or so have been around the 105 rpm you note, the current UCI record (the one with "traditional" equipment) was set by Ondrej Sosenka in 2005 at a cadence of about 95. But he's a very tall rider who used long cranks (190 mm), and a slower cadence is natural.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wetworks View Post
    Seriously though, I haven't gone clipless yet, so i feel a bit out of control pedaling faster in a low gear.
    Yeah, some kind of attachment, whether clipless or clips and straps, is essential to getting really comfortable with high cadences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCavilia View Post
    Yeah, some kind of attachment, whether clipless or clips and straps, is essential to getting really comfortable with high cadences.
    Indeed. This is so the case, even when going to clipless from toe straps. I can now stand and do cadences of well over 100 rpm for sprints with my clipless without feeling uncomfortable about it.

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    Yeah but world records are typically set around a flat track. Ideal time trial cadence is 85-95.

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    What is your cadence like?

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    Biopace increases my cadence my 8.36% on the non drive side.
    I didn't know Biopace was still around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fireform View Post
    My cadence is like a bowl of melting frozen strawberry yogurt garnished with lilac blossoms.

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