A brief introduction

We do not like to live in uncertainty. As a person and certainly as an athlete, we would like to hear from the experts what we should do, how we should do it and with what means. We prefer to hear a trick that makes us just better. The one who believes in it, I must immediately disappoint. Unless you have done something very wrong so far, there are no tricks to get better quickly.
Where we want certainty, it is the ambiguity and contradictions that actually have the upper hand. As an example, I want to highlight the following three topics / propositions. Topics that I will discuss in more detail in a series of articles.

    An exactly good saddle height is of great importance for the strength / power you deliver as a cyclist.
    95-100 revolutions per minute is the most efficient cadence.
    For optimal power transfer you need toeclips or click pedals, so you have good contact with your bike.

An in-store, of course, these statements are not 100% true. The truthfulness even decreases per position. In brief:

    Saddle height is, within certain limits, particularly important for the ergonomics of cycling (injury prevention, sitting on the bike). Variations of a few centimeters hardly gives any measurable effect in the power output.
    Research shows that the optimal cadence for delivering optimal transmission of muscle strength to forward speed is between 75 and 85 revolutions per minute.
    With maximum force efforts longer than a few seconds, there is no measurable difference between bicycles with your feet or loose on a traditional trapper for almost all cyclists.

In the next three articles I will go deeper into this matter. I use scientific research as a basis, supplemented with findings from my own research / analyzes and tests on the bike trainer.
Monday, December 31, 2018 By Mischa