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Noun, Verb

Stroke Rate is the number of strokes a cyclist takes per minute.

Example usage: My stroke rate was a consistent 60 strokes per minute during my last ride.

Most used in: Cycling circles in Europe and North America.

Most used by: Competitive cyclists who are looking to improve their performance.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 2/10

Also see: Cadence, Pedaling Rate, Pedal RPM, Pedal Revolutions Per Minute,

What is Stroke Rate in Cycling?

Stroke Rate (also known as Cadence) is a measure of how many times a cyclist pedals per minute. It is one of the most important metrics for cyclists to track, as it can have a significant impact on performance. By monitoring Stroke Rate, cyclists can adjust their cycling technique and maximize their efficiency.

The ideal Stroke Rate for any cyclist will depend on their own individual abilities and the type of cycling they are doing. Generally, recreational cyclists will aim for a Stroke Rate of around 70-90 RPM, while competitive cyclists may aim for a higher Stroke Rate of 90-110 RPM. Higher Stroke Rates can help cyclists to reach higher speeds, but they can also be more tiring.

Stroke Rate is an important metric for cyclists to track, as it can help them to adjust their technique and maximize their performance. By monitoring their Stroke Rate, cyclists can ensure that they are cycling efficiently and effectively.

The Origin of the Cycling Term 'Stroke Rate'

The cycling term 'Stroke Rate' was first used in the early 1900s in Europe and the United States. During this period, cyclists were looking for ways to measure the power output of their rides. To do this, they used a device called a dynamometer, which could measure the rotations of the cranks and the force applied to them.

The dynamometer was used to measure the rate at which a cyclist could pedal, which was known as the 'Stroke Rate'. This rate was used to measure the efficiency and power output of a cyclist's ride. Over time, the Stroke Rate has become a standard measurement used in cycling to measure the efficiency and power output of a rider.

Today, Stroke Rate is still used by cyclists to measure their performance. It is a key component of performance-based training and can be used to measure the efficiency of a cyclist's ride. This measurement is also used in competitive cycling, where it is used to assess the performance of riders in races.

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