Thanks for the input on seat height. Sorry have not gotten back sooner but I was out of town for a couple days. I am going for a quick release seat post. I can out spin 97% of my buds
but my downhills suck. I'm going lower!!
JohnH, I had to edit my post here to give my two cents. When trying to achieve higher RPMs be careful not to over rev. I can almost never maintian my cadence at max gear I fatigue out and end up dropping back. Spinning, cadence and RPM maitenance is about balance. I can spin on flat single track in 22nd or 23rd gear for long periods of time. But I am never over revving.
I may be way off here but this is how I found my balance. Get on flat paved area and ride in your top gear at about 90-95 rpms. Watch your speed. If you are like me you will burn out and have to drop back a gear. Find the gear that allows to increase RPMs but stay close to that speed you had in top gear.
On that problem you have with losing the "shape" of your pedalling. When you have your head up think about your leg from the hip to the knee, the thigh, as it comes up. Concentrate on keeping these movements even and smooth. I don't think about my feet going around in circle. This may be wrong I don't know, these are only my personal observations. I think about the major muscle groups. I would love to hear Lisamarie's take on this subject.
Anyway, spinning for me is a medatative state. Zen almost. I have a very quiet and relaxed upper body. I concentrate on the function of the major leg muscle and find a breathing rhythm.
Rambling . . must stop rambling ..
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