I’M A LIT­TLE SHIFT- HAPPY. IS THIS A PROB­LEM? SHOULD I HAVE A SIN­GLE GEAR RA­TIO TO RULE THEM ALL?

Bicycling (South Africa) - - ASK -

Turns out – as sea­soned rid­ers will at­test – you shouldn’t have a favourite gear. In­stead, you should be shift­ing all the time, to main­tain your ideal ca­dence.

Most peo­ple will find 80 to 90rpm to be a good ca­dence that bal­ances ef­fi­ciency and com­fort. If you go too low (mash­ing at 60rpm, for ex­am­ple), your body will ac­tu­ally use less oxy­gen for ped­alling, which means it’s less tax­ing aer­o­bi­cally; but you could also be do­ing da­m­age to your knees with all that torque.

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