18 July

What is the best pedaling cadence?


In this article we're going to look at what you need to know to find the best pedaling cadence. Are you ready? Let's get started!

We are sure that, on more than one occasion, you have discussed with your fellow cyclists about what is the best pedaling cadence. And, among cyclists, this is a topic that always generates controversy.

What is pedaling cadence?

First of all, it is important to define what pedaling cadence is.

Pedaling cadence is the number of pedal strokes in one minute. That is, the revolutions per minute of the cranks of the bike, or the rate at which you pedal.

Therefore, a higher cadence means a higher number of pedal strokes per minute.

What is the best pedaling cadence?

The best pedaling cadence is entirely subjective. The ideal pedaling speed will vary depending on several factors, such as the mechanics of the bike (gearing, weight, etc.), the physical shape of the rider and the type of course.

On paper, the optimal cadence on climbs is 70 rpm, while on the flat it would be 80 rpm. However, after numerous laboratory studies to find the magic figure, the reality is that it has not been found.

The results are very varied and always depend on many factors such as those we have already mentioned. For this reason, the ideal is to measure your own cadence and plan your routes. This way, you will understand and be able to know what is the best pedaling cadence for your conditions, characteristics and routes.

Measure your pedaling cadence

To find the optimal cadence, you need to measure it. To do this, there is something called a cadence sensor or cadence meter. This is a small device that is usually installed on the inside of one of the crank arms. It can also be integrated into the pedals.

This small device is responsible for measuring the rpm of pedaling by means of an electronic accelerometer installed inside.

Why are you interested in measuring cadence?

What is the purpose of measuring cadence? Whatever the cyclist's level, most cyclists measure cadence in order to take advantage of the benefits of knowing it. Although there are many reasons for doing so, these are the most important ones:

1. You tire less. By optimizing your cadence, you can better use your energy and dose it.

2. You optimize your pace. Knowing your cadence will give you the reference to know if you should increase your pace or reduce it to make the most of your strength.

3. You improve your fitness. By controlling your effort, you can finish with less fatigue, reducing recovery time and increasing your fitness.


We hope that after analyzing this article you will have a better understanding of what pedaling cadence is, how it is measured and why it is interesting to control it.

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