Bicycle Diaries

30 years riding, 15 years writing

Upstroke on the Downstroke

Pedaling, once you learn, you never forget. To maintain a constant speed, well, that’s a different story.

Let me tell you about clipping in, and why it’s very important for full pedal motion. By being attached to your pedals, each leg can help out the other complete the full pedaling motion. As you pedal down with your right leg, your left leg is pulling up on the back stroke. Vice versa, 80 times a minute.

That’s how I can maintain a constant speed of 15 mph on those open stretches, bouncing around like a motorcycle.

distance 13.17 miles, average speed 13.2 mph.