And I thought proper technique was to provide power in all 360 degress of
the crank. Indeed you can exert more power on the up and down, but you
should also be peddling forward and back. In other words, you should peddle
with a circular stroke rather then down-down or even up-down.
just my .02
ps. It should also be added that most people choose much too high a gear and
end up with a cadence (peddling speed) much lower then it should be.
(I cheat, I have a heinzmann peddle assist - It's too cool)
>Subject: [carfree_cities] Cycle Technique
>Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2001 00:29:50 -0000
>In reply to Lennie Dusek (below), basic cycling technique is thus:
>using toe straps or shoes with clips that attach to the pedals (I
>prefer toe straps; I want the utility of regular shoes since I bike
>for normal transportation; by the way using toe straps is no problem
>in traffic or for short distance), push down with one foot and pull
>up with the other. If you just push down and do not pull up, then
>the foot on the up stroke will be "riding up" creating resistance.
>Therefore, when just pushing down, you have only the power of one
>foot less the resistance of the other. However, by pushing and
>pulling at the same time, you have the power of both feet, and no
>resistance. Proper form, which takes practice over time, is to have
>the legs going up and down smoothly,like pistons attached to the
>cranks of a crank shaft. Thus you lose that disjointed action
>typical of only pushing down with one foot. As in all activities,
>proper form makes for enjoyment and allows you to get the most out of
>the activity. In this case you gain speed, strength, and endurance.
>That inspires confidence, of which you need plenty to be an urban
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