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Pedaling - the Gentle Thrust Technique

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Hi folks - I would like to introduce to you a cycling technique I have observed and use for all of my cycling, from riding my Uni to my regular two wheel Penny Farthing - to clarify that this is not some quirk my wife who had not ridden a bike for over 25yrs now uses this style and also a member of the family that works in the cycle trade (and cycles every day) - both ride different kinds of bike and the technique works well for them too.

Note before beginning - this technique is not for road racing,stunts or thrashing around like a mad bleeder - what it allows you to do is go long distances with very little fatigue, if any, even if you do not ride regularly - it takes a little thought,feels a little odd at first and yes it defies standard pedal thought to a certain degree - - try it for a while and give it a chance, you might just add it to your biking routine.

Also - this style is for flat terrain and mild gradient - when ya need to dig in, well, ya need to dig in - change your foot position if required.

Ok lets go.
 
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Step 1: P1 - leg set up

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Ok lets start with a really important component - leg set up.

Riding a Uni shows ya very quickly how important correct leg extension is - ride with a saddle set low and until your really good you'll wobble all over the place -  now you might think this does not really matter on a bike but try riding with a low saddle and then a correctly set up one, nothing else, you'll see the difference quickly.

So first off - set up your saddle height so that when seated, at the bottom of your pedal stroke (see drg purple line) your leg is almost straight, just the slightest bend.

Try a good ride with a low saddle, then like this.
flamesami1 year ago
I'm not sure I get how this works...you apply force for the first quarter turn of each pedal, then let you feet get swept back round to the highest point again? it seems to me that that would only work if you don't have a freewheel bike, one that allows the pedals to be still while the wheels turn. I can see it working easily on a unicycle or a penny-farthing, but not on a normal bike. Or do you actually have to put some effort into the freewheel bit so the pedals turn?
darrenhall (author)  flamesami1 year ago
Hiya - the bottom line for this is, that no matter how you tweak the technique and no matter what bike etc - when your left foot is pushing, you right foot rests - when your right is pushing, your left rests.
It may be that with the freewheel, you push for half a turn with the one foot then half a turn with the other but by having the idea of thrust and rest in your mind, you the rider can now better analyse how to pedal so that you retain as much energy as possible and have little fatigue on your legs.

Take care - happy riding.
DZ
rimar20001 year ago
I should try this. Thanks for sharing.
darrenhall (author)  rimar20001 year ago
Hope it's of help - thanks for your post.

DZ