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Verb, Noun

Rotating the pedals on a bicycle crank.

Example usage: I'm trying to get in shape, so I'm focusing on crank-revolving more often.

Most used in: Mountain biking and road biking communities.

Most used by: Regular cyclists and competitive cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Cadence, Pedaling, Pedal Stroke, Pedal RPM,

What is Crank-Revolving in Cycling?

Crank-revolving is a cycling term used to describe the action of pedaling a bicycle. It is the rotational movement of the pedals as they turn around the crank arm, which is attached to the frame of the bike. This rotation is what propels the bike forward and is the main source of power for the cyclist.

Crank-revolving is an important part of cycling and is the basis of a cyclist’s training program. Training with crank-revolving helps to improve the cyclist’s overall performance and efficiency. Studies have shown that cyclists who train with crank-revolving can increase the power they generate by 10-20%. It also helps to improve the cyclist’s endurance and can help to reduce the risk of injury.

Crank-revolving is a great way for cyclists to get in shape and improve their performance. It is important for cyclists to train with crank-revolving in order to maximize their potential and become a better cyclist.


The Origin of the Term 'Crank-Revolving' in Cycling

The term 'crank-revolving' first appeared in the cycling world in the mid-1880s. It was used to describe the process of a bicycle's pedals being turned around a spindle, making the wheel rotate. The term was coined by the French cyclist and inventor Pierre Michaux, who had patented the Michaux-style velocipede in 1861.

Michaux's design incorporated a crank and spindle connected to the pedals, which allowed the rider to turn the wheel by pedaling. This was a revolutionary design and marked the start of the modern bicycle. Michaux's invention was quickly adopted by the cycling industry and the term 'crank-revolving' soon became widely used to describe this process.

Since then, the term 'crank-revolving' has been used in the cycling world to describe the process of turning the pedals to rotate the wheel. It has become an integral part of the cycling experience and is still used today, more than 150 years after it was first coined.

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