I try to maintain a respectable rate of RPM's when I ride, but at times will ramp it up to about 110 RPM's depending on my training schedule. Of course, gearing (resistance) is the game changer.
Yeah, take a avid flat lander roadie mtbing and you figure that out quick.
Absolutely. On road I’m looking to use gears for rpm. On mtb looking for pedal/leg power moreI confess, I am a masher. Probably why I enjoy singlespeed. I think I do pretty well spinning when I'm on the road bike, though. But on the mtb, I just prefer a higher ratio of forward movement to my pedal pushing and feel I have more control with a lower cadence as it's easier to accelerate to get over an obstacle.
Please define "respectable."I try to maintain a respectable rate of RPM's when I ride, but at times will ramp it up to about 110 RPM's depending on my training schedule. Of course, gearing (resistance) is the game changer.
I've been trying to keep around 90 during climbs as well. I find this keeps my legs fresher for the downhills.I used to pedal slowwwww until I got into road cycling. I eventually developed liking a cadance of about 90. I think it takes a certain amount of cardio training to make it doable. A higher cadance definitely has my heart rate a bit higher even at roughly the same speed/power.
It's tough to keep cadence high on a mtb. Fat tires and low pressures can get bouncy unless your technique is nothing short of perfection. Also a lot of sections are to rough to keep fast cadence. Sometimes you need some extra leverage that you can't get spinning a high cadence.
I thought about that shortly after getting my SS, but figured I'd maim myself in the process.If I was going to "train" for mtbiking again, I'd buy another fixie. Power, cadence, and form...riding a fixed gear bike through rolling hills will iron out all manner of inefficiencies for you. It also teaches you new things about conserving momentum. I miss it.
I kept both brakes on mine as I had no intension of learning any fixie rider tricks. I only rode it so I could ride my mountain bike better. I still think anyone who wants to work on their mtb game should get one. It put me on another level.So brutal on the knees though. Then again, maybe I should have installed a brake.
I tend to run lower RPM. It just works better for me at a given speed. Climbing at 5 mph at low RPM seems to get me a lower HR than higher RPM at the same speed. Doesn't really make sense, though. It's the same amount of work.