It’s fairly easy to spot new riders on the road because they usually haven’t found their cadence yet. I don’t want to be that new rider that weebles and wobbles all over the place. I know there will be a bit of that while I am getting used to a road bike, but I would love to not look like a complete newbie if possible! I believe that I have an advantage over most new riders because I am starting with the best saddles made specifically for women and finding the perfect saddle is half the battle. While riding my bike with the Butterfly Saddle I noticed an immediate difference in my cadence. It was almost like my seat bones were glued to the saddle! It felt great. The saddle on my old mountain bike was WAY too big for me and it was very uncomfortable. I have a small frame and I guess you could say that I have a bony butt. Having a good saddle has made a huge difference in my comfort-level on a bike. Riding with a chamois was new to me, but I noticed a huge difference from that as well. I have logged about 40 miles or so over the past couple of weeks on my road bike and I haven’t had any complaints about my Butterfly saddle, but I am a little wobbly at times with my front wheel. I am mostly wobbling when the going gets tough. I feel really good while I am down on my drops. My weight is being more evenly distributed that way and it helps my legs to power along a little easier. I also feel like I am not working as hard when I am down on my drops because my body is compressed and I am not wasting as much energy. I am working on trying to keep my upper body more still when I start to struggle and when I have to really use my leg power. My immediate reaction is to sway from side to side trying to push my legs into over-drive, but I know that’s not right. I know that swaying is taking up too much of my energy and I should try to minimize my effort in my upper body and work my lower half.
I am getting my confidence up while riding on the road. I am finding that I am VERY out of shape and my heart and lungs haven’t worked this hard in a long time, but it feels really good to finish a ride and to be able to go faster and further on the next ride. I have been tracking my progress with an app on my phone, which has been great for bragging rights with my husband who is also taking up cycling.
It is great seeing the world by bike!
What helped you find your cadence? Is it something that comes with miles?