- Jul 25, 2009
That's a good point, Jason.Originally Posted by jpr95 .
Let me clarify a bit on the cadence thing. I only asked because of how you said you felt towards the ends of your rides. It's very common for those new to cycling to push a big gear and use a very low cadence. That can be good for building strength, but it can also be hard on the knees and will wear you out much more quickly.
I've known newer riders that will sometimes just stay in the same gear constantly, so they are straining when climbing hills and over spinning going downhill.
The trick is to keep your cadence up and change gears to keep it fairly steady. You'll still spin faster when your pushing hard doing intervals, and I certainly pedal slower when I climb a really steep hill ( not because I want to /img/vbsmilies/smilies/biggrin.gif ), but a lot of the time you can just change gears and keep your pedaling cadence pretty steady.