Cadence

Spinning like a spider on PCP has never been my style. Now that I've gone single speed I'm having to work harder to keep up to speed. And, fool that I am, I now have a computer that reads cadence. 20mph = 100rpm in my current gearing but above that I start bouncing. How can I stop this? All tips gratefully received...
 

SamNichols

New Member
Location
Colne, Lancs
change your gearing?
 

Keith Oates

Janner
Location
Penarth, Wales
It's a matter of practice Chuffy, make a concerted effort to keep your bottom on the saddle and relax the legs so they spin smoothly. Once you get the hang of it you'll get over the 20MPH I'm sure.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Monty Dog

New Member
Location
Fleet
I find that if I accelerate beyond my 'lumpy' phase, it smooths out again - for me it's 150rpm, but then I can keep on going up to 200rpm. If you find that your 'lumpy' 100rpm co-incides with your general riding pace, then perhaps change your gear ratio to . Likewise, riding on SS/Fixed will help smooth out your pedal stroke anyway.
 

NickM

Veteran
Chuffy said:
...20mph = 100rpm in my current gearing...
Then you are riding a gear that has been used by generations of cycling stalwarts before you. 20mph is called "evens" precisely because it requires 100rpm in the classic winter gear of the golden age. And the cyclists of those days knew their business!

So if it feels too twiddly, just think of the legions of Frank Patterson types in tweed plusses who have gone before you... and don't let them down :eek:
 
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Chuffy

Chuffy

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NickM][quote=Chuffy said:
...20mph = 100rpm in my current gearing...
Then you are riding a gear that has been used by generations of cycling stalwarts before you. 20mph is called "evens" precisely because it requires 100rpm in the classic winter gear of the golden age. And the cyclists of those days knew their business!

So if it feels too twiddly, just think of the legions of Frank Patterson types in tweed plusses who have gone before you... and don't let them down :eek:[/quote]
Damn. Now I want to go out wearing a woolly outer garment and huge whiskers. Have Rapha started making tweed bibs shorts yet?

20mph is fine and dandy, I just can't go any faster without looking like I'm auditioning for a part in a cheap porn video.
 

FatBloke

Well-Known Member
Chuffy said:
Spinning like a spider on PCP has never been my style. Now that I've gone single speed I'm having to work harder to keep up to speed. And, fool that I am, I now have a computer that reads cadence. 20mph = 100rpm in my current gearing but above that I start bouncing. How can I stop this? All tips gratefully received...
Superglue on the saddle!!! :tongue:
 
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