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    how the bike works

    I have been riding bikes for a while but the other day while on my trainer i was wondering about my pedal stride, what body position is best for certain situations. I come from racing cars, riding motorcycles where knowing how something works helps get everything out of the machine. So can someone point me in the direction of books, videos etc.. to learn more about how a bike works, pedaling , body position.

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    You've asked for a LOT.

    Start here.

    https://www.sheldonbrown.com/

    I'm CERTAIN there will be more and more specific links posted.

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    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajcjr View Post
    Thank you!
    The GCN videos on Youtube may be up your alley as well.
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    Sounds like you are asking from a performance standpoint... Reduce frontal drag by working on your riding posture, or, get low... Pedal faster or move to harder gear combinations, then pedal faster. Iím not being snarky, I come from speed skating, and lesser but also, swimming, where form and technique are huge in dictating performance. Cycling? I had the same questions when I transitioned. Itís just rpm relative to gear ratio while reducing wind drag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PBL450 View Post
    Sounds like you are asking from a performance standpoint... Reduce frontal drag by working on your riding posture, or, get low... Pedal faster or move to harder gear combinations, then pedal faster. Iím not being snarky, I come from speed skating, and lesser but also, swimming, where form and technique are huge in dictating performance. Cycling? I had the same questions when I transitioned. Itís just rpm relative to gear ratio while reducing wind drag.
    Right on!

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    thank you for the replies

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    One can study the books and watch the videos, and decide what the goal is. It is a completely different thing to get 'your' body to do it! Ride lots helps.
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