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gɪər mæʃɪŋ


Pedaling a bicycle at a high cadence with a high gear ratio

Example usage: He was gear-mashing up the hill and left everyone behind.

Most used in: Mountain biking areas with steep inclines.

Most used by: Experienced mountain bikers.

Popularity: 8

Comedy Value: 5

Also see: Cadence hammering, Grinding, Spinning out, Mashing,


What is Gear-Mashing?

Gear-mashing is a term used in the cycling world to describe the act of pedaling at a high cadence, usually over 90 revolutions per minute (RPM). This technique is used to maximize the cyclist’s efficiency and power output, especially when climbing hills or riding on a flat terrain. It is also used to maintain a high speed while riding downhill.

Gear-mashing is a difficult technique to master, requiring a high level of leg strength and endurance. To successfully perform this technique, the cyclist needs to be able to pedal quickly and smoothly without losing momentum. Studies have shown that the average cadence for an experienced cyclist is between 80 and 90 RPM, with some cyclists reaching up to 110 RPM.

Gear-mashing is a useful technique for cyclists of all levels. It can help novice cyclists improve their efficiency and power output, while experienced cyclists can use it to increase their speed and performance. The technique can also help cyclists conserve energy, reducing fatigue and improving their overall performance.


The Origin of the Term 'Gear-Mashing' in Cycling

The term “gear-mashing” is thought to have originated in the early 1970s in the United Kingdom. It was used to describe a technique used by cyclists to quickly and forcefully shift gears while riding, usually to quickly accelerate. The term is thought to have been derived from the sound of the gears “mashing” together as they were shifted.

The term is now widely used by cyclists in the UK and around the world to refer to the act of quickly and forcefully shifting gears while riding. It has also been adopted by other sports, such as motocross, to refer to the same technique.

Gear-mashing is a popular technique used by competitive cyclists to gain an advantage in races. It is also used by recreational cyclists to quickly and easily change gears while riding, allowing them to navigate hills and other terrain without expending too much energy.

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