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Why do the majority of people on an ebike ride at a fairly low cadence?

There are (at least) two reasons. First, most (but not all) E-bikes use a control system that multiplies the amount of force or torque that you put into the pedals or cranks. Since power is the ...
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Why do the majority of people on an ebike ride at a fairly low cadence?

In general studies have indicated that trained cyclists use pedaling frequencies higher than 90 rpm whereas untrained cyclists prefer frequencies around 60 rpm. I suspect the majority of e-bikers you ...
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Why do the majority of people on an ebike ride at a fairly low cadence?

Personally it's because I'm using my ebike to get to work, wearing work clothes (which restrict my pedalling) and not wanting to get too sweaty. If I were just out for a ride I'd pedal faster.
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Why do the majority of people on an ebike ride at a fairly low cadence?

For me, as an occassional ebike rider, it feels I get kind of better connection to the bike when pedaling at lower cadence, but higher force. Because the electric assist otherwise reduces the needed ...
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For fitness's sake, is it better to ride with low cadence in high gear or higher cadence in medium gear?

In terms of losing weight immediately, the obvious answer is to use whatever gear combo allows you to produce the greatest energy output. For most people this will likely be a hair lower than the "...
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Relationship between speed and cadence?

Speed is determined only by gearing, of which crank, cassette, wheel, and tire are components Any 2 bikes using, say, 42t cranks with a rear 32t cog and 25c tires on 700c wheels at 90rpm will be ...
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Does effort require to pedal depend on the gear ratio or the gear inches?

Gear inches. Gear inches are, for better or worse, the most commonly recognized way of making the kind of comparison you're trying to make here, which one is harder to pedal. Gear inches are simply ...
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Relationship between speed and cadence?

The mechanical factors which translate pedaling rate to overall speed are: Gear ratio Size of wheels The weight of the rider is not relevant for this question. The weight of the rider would be ...
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How can I measure cadence without attaching anything to the bike?

The RPM Cadence Sensor from Wahoo can track your cadence based on the motion of your foot. On the product page it specifically mentions the following The RPM can be worn on your shoe for spin classes ...
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What cadence saves power when climbing?

Honestly, as an amateur cyclist I would suggest focusing on learning how to pace a climb first over more finer details such as cadence. Many amateur typically go out too fast on a climb, go anaerobic,...
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For fitness's sake, is it better to ride with low cadence in high gear or higher cadence in medium gear?

All things being equal, aerobic exercise is probably best for losing weight (after all, the only way to lose weight is to breathe CO2 out your nose). If you use too high a gear, you might be less ...
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How can I measure cadence without attaching anything to the bike?

This is a somewhat alternative solution, but you can use music. Find a tune that has a similar speed to your cadence, and google for "BPM (song name artist name)" https://tunebat.com/Info/...
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How to securely attach a single-piece cadence sensor on bikes with steeply-angled chainstays?

Use reusable zip ties. Just make sure you leave a little excess length to ease release/retighten. You may find needle-nose pliers usefull. And file the sharp edges out of the zip tie ends after you ...
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Low power while maintaining high cadence

64 watts is well within the margin of error of 60w target. Don't be afraid of going to your lowest gear on the trainer. You should be working up to your target cadence, if you can't hold 90 without ...
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What cadence saves power when climbing?

Every rider has a different optimal cadence. You need to find yours. This will depend to some extent how you are feeling on the day ('Ohh that hurts' vs 'pain, what pain'). Most novice riders pedal ...
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Relationship between speed and cadence?

There would likely be a small difference. If you have, eg, a bike with a rear tire that has a 68cm diameter, the effective tire diameter is reduced by the amount it compresses when the bike is ...
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Why do the majority of people on an ebike ride at a fairly low cadence?

I am a representative of "they", the slow pedaling e bike riders. Following a severe illness I am left weak as a baby. I have insufficient strength to pedal a standard bike, I need PAS (Pedal ...
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Cadence: Belt drives + Nexus 11 hubs

A Gates drive belt uses an 11mm pitch between teeth. A conventional bike chain is 1/2 inch or about 12.7mm. The upshot is that for the same tooth count, a drive belt component will be slightly ...
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How can I segment the large market for cyclometers?

In 2022, I think that the main split is between GPS bike computers or sports-specific watches vs. your existing smartphone or possibly non-sports specific smartwatch. Older non-GPS bike computers ...
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Is the gear cycle a sham?

If I am understanding the question correctly, the OP is asking what benefit there is to a multi-speed bike compared to a single-speed bike. The human body acts as a high-torque, low-power engine. ...
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What is the optimal cadence?

There's not much to add to R. Chung's fantastic answer, but here's some evidence as to why higher cadences are desirable at higher power outputs. Essentially, producing high power at lower cadences ...
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Is there such thing as an automatic transmission for bikes?

This post would deserve to marked as outdated or having a fresh start (or a clean up), as most of the answers are now outdated or redundant, and the accepted answer is a dead link. As of August 2023, ...
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Does a spinning class fixed wheel bike affect real world form?

The exercise bike feels different, because it is fixed in place and can not react to your movements like a real bike. When you jump out of saddle, your body moves forward in relation to bike. On road,...
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Why do the majority of people on an ebike ride at a fairly low cadence?

The riders are pedaling only for the electric motor to kick in, not for creating leg power. For this they pedal as slow as they possibly can. The main reason for the bike to work this way is a ...
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Why do the majority of people on an ebike ride at a fairly low cadence?

I tested ebike today. I'm used to full-carbon race bike and ride daily for commute + hobby. i'm used to ride at 90+ RPM and i'm very happy with this cadence. 2 ebike : an low-end urban ebike, a mid/...
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Pushing it to my max on a 7% 2kft climb. I'm cardio limited, but legs never hurt. How do I push it harder?

This type of effort very much comes down to W/Kg at FTP (Functional Threshold Power). You can get lighter, or you can work to raise FTP. There is no magic formula to improve FTP, it requires (beyond ...
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How to securely attach a single-piece cadence sensor on bikes with steeply-angled chainstays?

This answer won't be for everyone, but if you use a power meter, they have self-contained cadence sensors. Power equals torque * cadence, after all. For pedal-based or spider-based power meters, there ...
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Does effort require to pedal depend on the gear ratio or the gear inches?

How hard it is to pedal depends on every piece of leverage within the system: your legs are using the cranks as levers against the crank axle; the crank axle is using the chain ring, chain and rear ...
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Does a spinning class fixed wheel bike affect real world form?

It impacts your real world form, but it doesn't necessarily do bad things. The biggest change is going to be out-of-the-saddle riding. As was mentioned, there is a tendency to bounce up and down on ...
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