Following my previous article on what I believe to be the number one error that indoor cycling instructors make – cadence that is too high, I got a few comments, emails and Facebook challenges to what I said. This is great – I appreciate all questions, challenges and input. I don’t want everyone to just categorically agree with me “just because”. If you wonder why I am saying what I say, ask me! Challenge me!
But I do want to clarify: I am not saying you should never pedal faster than 100rpm. I’m not saying I don’t believe in cadences above 100rpm or that there aren’t instances when it is appropriate to pedal quickly. But what I am saying is that far too many instructors pedal faster than 100rpm too often, without the supporting resistance underneath. I am suggesting that they do this because they do not know the science behind pedaling a bike. Cycling is a pure and beautiful manifestation of the laws of physics, laws that have been studied and very well understood for over a century.