Since we first learned to ride our bikes, spinning the legs around in circles seem to have been the simplest thing in the world, and many of us don’t give it a second thought. That doesn’t stop scientists from spending endless hours in the lab, however, and in this article we look at the effects of altering ankle angle on cycling efficiency.
Last month I discussed how to avoid wasting energy by staying relaxed both physically and mentally and by maintaining a smooth efficient pedal stroke. This month, I’ll cover other ways to conserve energy such as smart pack riding, efficient training, and aerodynamics.
Or “How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bike (Part I).” If I could only give out one piece of cycling advice for the rest of my days as a coach, it would be this: “Conserve energy whenever possible.” Let’s look at some ways we can stop frittering away valuable energy both physically and mentally…
Varying our positions on the bike is required in order to adapt to different terrain or riding situations, or simply to give our body a break from being stuck in the same position and stressing the same muscles. While we know that standing is great for giving us more power, what are the effects on metabolic demand and efficiency?