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A Guide to Training with a Cadence Sensor

Cadence refers to the rate your pedals rotate per minute (rpm – revolutions per minute). Training at both low and high cadence levels improves your overall ability in cycling.

Many cyclists ignore their cadence choosing to cycle at a comfortable rate, however the benefits of high cadence should not be overlooked. High cadence reduces muscle fatigue and increases blood flow, therefore your muscles will be able to ride longer and harder despite you having to turn the cranks at a higher rate.

Many professional riders average at 90rpm on the flat and 70rpm on the climbs.

To measure your cadence you will require a cycling computer (such as a Garmin Edge or Similar) that utilises a cadence sensor on your crank.

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