When you start cycling , there’s a whole glossary of jargon to get your head around, and one of the most cryptic terms is “cadence”. What is cadence and why is it important to your riding? What is cadence?
Cadence is fundamentally very simple: it’s the number of revolutions your pedals make per minute as you ride. But you don’t have to spend too long cycling to see that riders will often pedal at different rates.
Watch a bunch of pros in a race and they’ll seem to be pedalling really fast, particularly on a flat course. Their cadence will typically be very high, often 100 revolutions per minute (rpm) or more.
Most will be pedalling slightly slower on a climb, but still much faster than the average cyclist. Chris Froome’s extreme climbing style is a prime example of this, with a cadence still often around 100rpm even going uphill.
On the other hand, the average recreational rider will typically pedal much slower, at around 60rpm, while a fit amateur might be doing 80 to 90rpm.
Does it matter whether you have a high or low cadence? Let’s take a closer look at why cadence matters, how you measure cadence and whether there’s an ideal cadence to aim for. Why is cadence important?
Cadence is a key measurement because it’s a vital component in the power you put out on the bike. After all, power is a calculation of how hard you push on the pedals (torque) multiplied by how fast you are […]