Cadence

Cadence

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Noun, Verb

Cadence is the rate at which a cyclist pedals.

Example usage: I increased my cadence to maintain a higher speed.

Most used in: Cycling communities worldwide.

Most used by: Cyclists engaging in competitive or long-distance riding.

Popularity: 9/10

Comedy Value: 2/10

Also see: Pedalling rate, Revolutions Per Minute, RPM, Pedal Speed, Crank Speed, Spinning,

What is Cadence in Cycling?

Cadence is a cycling term used to describe the rate at which a cyclist pedals. It is measured in revolutions per minute (RPM) and is the number of times a cyclist's legs complete full circles in one minute. Cadence is an important factor in cycling performance, as it affects the total power output of a cyclist.

The optimal cadence for cyclists varies depending on the type of cycling they are doing. Generally, the higher the cadence, the more efficient the cyclist is at producing power. For recreational cyclists, a cadence of 80-100 RPM is considered ideal, while cyclists competing in endurance events may pedal at a cadence of 90-110 RPM. Professional cyclists can often pedal at a cadence of more than 110 RPM.

Cadence is an important factor to consider when training for a cycling event. Many cyclists use devices such as a bicycle computer to measure their cadence while they ride. This allows them to track their progress and make adjustments to their training plan accordingly.

The History of the Cycling Term 'Cadence'

The term 'cadence' is a cycling term used to describe the rhythmic pedaling of a bicycle. The word originates from the Latin word 'cadentia', which means 'to fall'. The first use of the word in relation to cycling can be traced back to the late 19th century in France. At the time, the term was used to describe the rhythmic pedaling of the cyclists in the velodrome.

The term was then adopted by the cycling community in the early 20th century. It was used to describe the pedaling of a cyclist during a race. However, the term was not widely used until the 1960s when the sport of cycling was becoming more popular. Since then, the term has been used to describe the regularity of a cyclist's pedaling and the speed at which they are pedaling.

Today, the term 'cadence' is widely used in the cycling world. It is used to measure the performance of a cyclist and to compare the performance of different cyclists. The term is also widely used in modern technology, such as power meters and smart trainers, to measure the cadence of a cyclist.

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