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verb, noun

Leg Cranking is a pedaling technique used by unicyclists to maintain speed and momentum.

Example usage: 'I kept up my speed by leg cranking up the hill.'

Most used in: Unicycling competitions and demonstrations.

Most used by: Unicyclists who are looking to increase their speed.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 5/10

Also see: in your answerCadence, Pedaling, Pedal Stroke, Pedal Revolutions,


What is Leg Cranking?

Leg cranking is a cycling term describing the motion of pedalling a bicycle. It is the action of pushing down and pulling up on the pedals to generate power and propel the bike forward. It is an essential part of cycling, and a key part of any cyclist's performance.

Leg cranking is a measure of a cyclist's power, with statistics such as wattage (power output) and cadence (pedalling rate) used to measure performance. Studies have shown that the average cyclist can generate between 90 and 120 watts of power, while the best cyclists can reach over 400 watts. Cadence is also an important factor, with studies showing that professional cyclists have an average cadence of 95-100 revolutions per minute.

Leg cranking is an important part of cycling, and its power and cadence are key indicators of a cyclist's performance. It is a skill that can be improved with practice, and that can make a big difference to a cyclist's overall performance.

The Origin of the Cycling Term 'Leg Cranking'

The term 'leg cranking' is used to refer to the act of cycling. It is believed to have originated in the late 19th century, in the United Kingdom. The first recorded use of the term can be found in an article published in the Manchester Guardian newspaper in 1891. The article refers to a “leg-cranking” race that was held in London.

The term was used in the context of a race that involved two cyclists competing against each other. The cyclists would start at the same time and race against each other for a certain distance. The cyclist who reached the finish line first was the winner. It is likely that the term was used to describe the vigorous effort required to pedal the bicycle at a fast pace.

Since then, the term 'leg cranking' has become a common phrase used to describe the act of cycling. It is still used today in the same context to refer to the physical effort required to pedal a bicycle at a fast pace.

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