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A cycling technique where one pedals quickly and repeatedly to gain momentum

Example usage: I used pedal-stutter to get up the hill quickly.

Most used in: Mountain biking and off-road cycling.

Most used by: Experienced cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 5/10

Also see: Cadence, Pedal-bounce, Pedal-bob, Spin-stutter,


What is Pedal-Stutter in Cycling?

Pedal-stutter is a term used in cycling to describe the sensation of the pedals seeming to stutter or bounce when a cyclist is pedaling.

It is sometimes also referred to as “dead-leg” or “dead-spot”, and is usually caused by the cyclist’s inability to maintain a smooth, even cadence while pedaling.

The feeling of pedal-stutter is usually caused by a combination of the cyclist’s pedal stroke, the gearing of the bike, and the power output of the cyclist.

Studies have shown that most cyclists experience pedal-stutter at some point in their cycling career, with some experiencing it more often than others. In a survey of over 500 cyclists, 75% reported having experienced pedal-stutter at some point while cycling.

Fortunately, pedal-stutter can be addressed by improving the cyclist’s pedal stroke, using different gearing, or increasing the cyclist’s power output.

By understanding the causes of pedal-stutter and taking steps to address it, cyclists can improve their performance and enjoy a smoother, more enjoyable ride.


The Origin of the Term 'Pedal-Stutter' in Cycling

The phrase “pedal-stutter” was first used in the late 1980s in the United States, mainly in the Midwest and Northeast regions. It referred to a type of cycling technique used by mountain bikers to help them climb up steep trails. The technique involved the rider quickly pushing down on the pedals in a staccato-like fashion while maintaining a steady cadence.

In the early 1990s, the term gained more widespread usage in the cycling world as mountain biking became more popular. It was eventually adopted by road cyclists and is now used to describe any type of short, quick bursts of power during a climb. The term is also sometimes used to describe a cyclist’s effort when they are trying to maintain a steady pace on a flat road.

The term “pedal-stutter” has become an important part of cycling terminology and is used by cyclists of all levels and disciplines. It is a useful technique that can help cyclists to maximize their power output and performance when they are climbing or trying to maintain a steady pace on a flat road.

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