Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Tom Nakashima, Apr 29, 2004.

1. ### Tom Nakashima Guest

My friend sent me over his training data. The chart says he has a cadence
of 172 rpm. Is that possible?
-tom

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2. ### David Kerber Guest

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> My friend sent me over his training data. The chart says he has a cadence
> of 172 rpm. Is that possible?

How was the data collected? A lot of runners count each foot impact, so
they come up with a number exactly twice what a cyclist at the same

Going down a hill and not putting any pressure on the pedals, it
probably is possible for some people to hit 172. Mark says he can hit
200 on a stationary bike. I can only hit about 145 on the trainer, but
my bike has rather long crank arms. I suppose a top trackie might even
make some significant power at that cadence, but I doubt any normal
human would.

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3. ### crystal_tears_ Guest

Don't know if it's possible or not but if so sounds totally
ridiculous to me. There's no need to ever go above a 110 rpm cadence

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4. ### Thaimaan Norppa Guest

Your friend might ought try some bigger rings
on the cranks of his one speeder...
-N

5. ### Nick Payne Guest

Tom Nakashima wrote:
> My friend sent me over his training data. The chart says he has a cadence
> of 172 rpm. Is that possible?

Yes. Max short term power is actually developed at a pretty high
cadence. Track sprinters regularly hit 160rpm in a sprint (70kph in a
52-15, for example). If you don't actually have to develop power, higher
cadences are possible. I've seen 203 on the display of a cadence speedo
when just trying for max rpm down a hill.

Nick

6. ### Evan Evans Guest

With my road bike on a trainer i reach a max cadence in the 170's.

7. ### Rick Onanian Guest

On Thu, 29 Apr 2004 21:01:16 GMT, crystal_tears_
<[email protected]> wrote:
>Don't know if it's possible or not but if so sounds totally
>ridiculous to me. There's no need to ever go above a 110 rpm cadence

On almost every ride, I apply power past 110 rpm in my highest gear,
52x11 on 700x23c tires. I've got a good aerobelly and lots of hills.
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8. ### armchair_spacem Guest

Tom Nakashima wrote:
> My friend sent me over his training data. The chart says he has a
> cadence of 172 rpm. Is that possible? -tom

I don't want to rain on your buddy's parade but is he using a cordless
computer? There are a couple of spots on one of my regular rides where
RF interference plays up with my Polar S710. This morning it tells me
I'm spinning at 80kmh at a cadence of 160 at 120% of max heart rate.
Unless I slipped into some alternate universe for that minute or two I'm
pretty sure it's interference giving me those numbers.

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9. ### Bestest Handsander Guest

"crystal_tears_" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Don't know if it's possible or not but if so sounds totally
> ridiculous to me. There's no need to ever go above a 110 rpm cadence