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Cadence

Discussion in 'Fixed Gear and Single Speed' started by Chuffy, 14 Jul 2007.

  1. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    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...
     
  2. SamNichols

    SamNichols New Member

    Location:
    Colne, Lancs
    change your gearing?
     
  3. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    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.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. MichaelM

    MichaelM Veteran

    Location:
    Tayside
    Go fixed, and ride down hills.
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    Gearing is 46x18 and I need to get up Devon hills, so I can't go higher.
    Fixed isn't even an option.... :eek:
     
  6. Monty Dog

    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.
     
  7. OP
    OP
    Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    200rpm? Dear god, I'm a man, not a hamster in an electric wheel! :eek:
     
  8. NickM

    NickM Veteran

    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:
     
  9. OP
    OP
    Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    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.
     
  10. christian dieu

    christian dieu New Member

    Definitely worth trying fixed. I find it easier to spin along on fixed than single speed.
     
  11. FatBloke

    FatBloke Well-Known Member

    Superglue on the saddle!!! :tongue:
     
  12. OP
    OP
    Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    Then I'll just bounce in my shorts, fool!
     
  13. yello

    yello Guru

    200rpm!!! Good god, I'm going to have to go and lie down!
     
  14. FatBloke

    FatBloke Well-Known Member

    Who said anything about wearing shorts!! :tongue:
     
  15. rustychisel

    rustychisel Well-Known Member

    You're big blouse, Chuffy.