For all my life I have noticed that I always cycle in the highest gear (most of my bikes had at least 3x7, so it wasn't a lack of options) whilst most serious cyclists cycle on relatively low gears and are spinning like crazy from my perspective. Now, I get that taste definitely plays a role in these kind of things, but what I would love to know is whether serious cyclists learn to cycle in lower gear consciously or whether "it's just me" that loves cycling in a style where I move my legs as little as possible.
I realize this question is fairly broad and I hope the answer is fairly clear cut, but just to be fair it could theoretically be split up in:
- Is there something bad about a cycling style in relatively higher gears?
- What causes such a cycling style in the first place?
But I will keep it as a single question as those things are I believe extremely closely related.