A particular number is far too prescriptive.
On the flat, down a hill, into the wind, with the wind, up a gentle hill, up a steep hill, your cadence will always be different.
You need to achieve the black art of being "on top of your gear" - that is applying enough pressure to make forward progress, without pushing too hard. That is why you have multiple gears - so you don't have to spin out or pop your knees.
oooh....! "Pop your knees"!
Yes, pushing hard on the pedals in the hard gear will do that. Causes damage.
Might as well start jogging - that'll do it too.
actually thats well said - black art!
I spin at around 100-105 on the flat, but I'm probably in a higher gear. Up Nortons, well that's my business. :) Actually I'm doing around the mid 70s. In the granny gear almost.
Dunno what this all means - but I do know I feel more comfortable spinning.
Just had a look thru my Garmin records, and the last few weeks I've been consistently between 90 and 100, mostly around 93-95. So sorry, NOT 100 as I thought. Mid 70s up Nortons is correct tho.
my hills ride averge 75 - 80.
Cadence averages are very misleading because they don't take into account the time you spend coasting. If you're fond of a free ride, you'll get a lower average than someone like myself who is used to riding fixed and can't coast (and so tends not to on the geared bike) yet in reality, we might both be spinning at the same revs during the working phases
not me - I averaged (roughly) my uphill cadence, not the downhill runs.
Garmin can be set to ignore zero cadence when working out averages.
Can it? On the unit or via Garmin Connect?
What I was going to add was get on your trainer and start experimenting with high cadences. Ride for a few mins just as you feel then 2 mins at 100+, then whatever, then 110+ and get used to your legs moving fast and trying to keep your core engaged.
but would that be a real average form a statistical point of view?
they can also be set that the average doesn't count moving at low speed.
Dont worry about cadence. Just get out and ride.