Pedal Strokes Per Minute

Pedal Strokes Per Minute

PED-ul stroks pur min-it

Noun, Adjective

Pedal Strokes Per Minute is a measure of cadence or pedaling rate.

Example usage: Maintaining a pedaling rate of 90 pedal strokes per minute is a great way to increase your cycling speed.

Most used in: Cycling communities across the world.

Most used by: Professional cyclists and cycling enthusiasts.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 2/10

Also see: Cadence, Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), Pedal Rate,

What Are Pedal Strokes Per Minute?

Pedal strokes per minute (SPM) is a metric used to measure cycling performance. It measures the number of times a cyclist pedals in one minute and is used to measure the intensity of the workout.

SPM is important for cyclists because it helps them track their progress. It is also a good indicator of how much energy is being expended during a ride. Generally, the higher the SPM, the higher the intensity of the ride.

The average pedal strokes per minute for recreational cyclists is around 50-70. Professional cyclists typically have a higher SPM, typically around 90-110. The exact number will depend on the cyclist’s fitness level and the type of terrain they are riding on.

Training with SPM is a great way to improve cycling performance. By tracking SPM, a cyclist can adjust their cadence to maximize their efficiency. This can help them increase their average speed, reduce fatigue, and improve overall performance.

The Origin of the Cycling Term 'Pedal Strokes Per Minute'

The cycling term 'Pedal Strokes Per Minute' (or 'RPM') was first used in the 1960s in the United States. It was used to measure the revolutions of a cyclist's pedals per minute in order to measure the cyclist's performance.

By the late 1970s, the term had become popular enough to be used in cycling magazines, and it was also adopted by the International Olympic Committee for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Today, 'Pedal Strokes Per Minute' is a common measurement used in the cycling world to measure a cyclist's performance. It is also used in other sports such as running, swimming, and rowing.

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