How Does Cadence Cycling Work?


Cadence is known as pedaling rate, and it consists of the number of revolutions generated from the crank within a minute. Experienced cyclists generally cycle between 60 and 80 rpm, which is revolutions per minute, while utility cyclists can cycle between 80 and 100 rpm. Cadence is simply the rate a cyclist rotates the pedals while cycling. This aspect of cycling has an effect on efficiency, performance and stamina.

Most cyclists develop a comfortable cadence that is maintained at varying speeds. Cadence helps boost performance, improve efficiency and increase speed. A cadence is affected by the range of gears and the number of gears on a bicycle. Although pedaling on a lower gear is easier, it requires a higher cadence to travel quickly. Higher gears allow the cyclist to travel faster on a lower cadence; however, this requires pushing the pedals harder.

Many cyclists develop an effective balance of pedaling and shifting gears to avoid wasting energy and fatigue. These cyclists develop a comfortable cadence that is useful for improving fitness and overall performance.

Cadence is useful for increasing speed, stamina and efficiency. For that reason, most cyclists take it seriously and utilize cadence drills to improve various aspects of cycling such as endurance and performance.