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