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Cycle Training

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:40 pm
by madiganmichael
Hi All,
Okay this may sound weird but what types of techniques are there for pedaling effectively. I know it may look like my legs are just going around and around but what should I be focusing on to get the best and sustained effort from my pedaling?

Re: Cycle Training

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 3:04 pm
by silkishuge
Use a trainer if you want to improve pedeling style. 1.5 hs before work and 1.5 hrs after work for 3 months did wonders for me. It is extremely boring though so be inventive in your traning program.

J

Re: Cycle Training

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:11 pm
by Alex Simmons/RST
1. Make sure your bike is well fitted to you.
2. Focus on effort level.
3. Choose a gear that feels good.
4. Ride lots.

Re: Cycle Training

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 8:37 am
by JV911
madiganmichael wrote:Hi All,
Okay this may sound weird but what types of techniques are there for pedaling effectively. I know it may look like my legs are just going around and around but what should I be focusing on to get the best and sustained effort from my pedaling?


you're overthinking...just ride

Alex Simmons/RST wrote:1. Make sure your bike is well fitted to you.
2. Focus on effort level.
3. Choose a gear that feels good.
4. Ride lots.


^^^ listen to yoda :D

Re: Cycle Training

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:38 pm
by madiganmichael
Thanks All for your comments so far. I guess what I'm hearing so far is practice makes perfect. So I shouldn't think about where my power comes from or pushing from the toes but just ride. Thanks again and if there is anymore advise out there I for one would greatly appreciate it.

Re: Cycle Training

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:10 pm
by Romper
I have incorrect technique (a bit toey) so I got told to hop on the trainer twice a week and use 1 leg at a time, and to try and get a continuous, even whir/noise for the trainer if you get what i mean. when you get a consistent noise it means that your using the whole pedal stroke or something.

I'm sure someone else could explain it better

Re: Cycle Training

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:24 pm
by Alex Simmons/RST
Romper wrote:I have incorrect technique (a bit toey) so I got told to hop on the trainer twice a week and use 1 leg at a time, and to try and get a continuous, even whir/noise for the trainer if you get what i mean. when you get a consistent noise it means that your using the whole pedal stroke or something.

I'm sure someone else could explain it better

Why is being "a bit toey" incorrect technique?

One legged pedalling will address one legged pedalling technique but the motor recruitment patterns required for that task are different to that required for two legged pedalling. The motor recruitment patterns change as soon as you go back to using two legs. If doing one legged work, then at least one should inertially load the opposite non-drive pedal/crank in order to as closely approximate the motor patterns used in two legged pedalling. But really, why bother unless you don't have use of both legs (temporarily or permanently) or are training to ride one legged?

Here's a tip: use as many legs as you have avaialble, all of the time.

Re: Cycle Training

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:38 pm
by Chuck
Alex Simmons/RST wrote:Here's a tip: use as many legs as you have avaialble, all of the time.


:lol: :lol:

You'd think the message was starting to get through by now :?

Re: Cycle Training

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 2:07 pm
by Romper
Scratch what i said, Alex probably knows more then the guys at my lbs.
LISTEN TO HIM