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Pedal Rate is the number of revolutions of the pedals per minute.

Example usage: My ideal pedal rate is around 90 revolutions per minute.

Most used in: Road cycling, mountain biking, and track cycling.

Most used by: Cyclists who are looking to increase their speed and efficiency.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 3/10

Also see: Cadence, Pedalling Rate, Pedal Revolutions, Crank RPM,


What is Pedal Rate?

Pedal rate, also known as cadence, is a term used to describe the number of revolutions a cyclist’s feet make in a minute while pedaling. It is usually measured in revolutions per minute (RPM).

The ideal pedal rate for a cyclist depends on various factors such as the type of bike, the terrain and the cyclist’s individual strength and fitness. Generally, cyclists should aim for a higher pedal rate when riding on flat roads and a lower pedal rate when climbing hills. On average, a pedal rate of 80-90 RPM is considered ideal.

Studies have shown that a higher pedal rate can help a cyclist to save energy and improve performance. It can also reduce the risk of injury by reducing the stress on the cyclist’s knees. In addition, a higher pedal rate allows for a smoother ride as it reduces the need for sudden and large changes in power.

Monitoring your pedal rate is a great way to measure your performance and improve your cycling skills. Many modern bikes are equipped with a cadence sensor that allows you to track your pedal rate in real time. You can also use a heart rate monitor to track your pedal rate.


Pedal Rate: A Brief History of the Cycling Term

The cycling term 'Pedal Rate' first appeared in the early 20th century, in the United Kingdom. It was first used to describe the rate at which a cyclist was pedaling, measured in revolutions per minute (RPM). This was used to determine the cyclist's cadence, or the number of times their pedals went around a full circle.

The term gained popularity in the 1950s, when it was used to measure the performance of competitive cyclists. It was a common way to measure the amount of power a cyclist was able to generate, and how quickly they were able to do it. This measurement was used to judge how efficiently the cyclist was able to use their energy.

Today, the term 'Pedal Rate' is still used by competitive cyclists, as well as amateur cyclists who want to track their performance. It is a popular metric for measuring a cyclist's speed and efficiency, and is used to improve their performance over time.

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