Wattbike’s pedalling technique guide
15th September 2015
When did you last think about how you were pedalling on your bike? Most likely it was a while ago, that is if you have ever thought about it at all. The truth is, correct pedalling technique can help you achieve performance gains like improved power output and increased endurance.
To help you maximise your performance, Wattbike have developed a simple guide on pedalling technique:
What good pedalling technique looks like
Wattbike’s unique pedalling technique analysis tool, the Polar View, gives a graphical representation of pedalling technique. After analysing the pedalling technique of many pro cyclists, Sport Scientist Eddie Fletcher developed the Polar View graph of a beginner, intermediate and elite cyclist. Take a look at the diagrams below to find out more about each shape.
Top tips for improving your pedalling technique
Take a look at these top tips to help you change your pedalling technique from beginner to elite:
- Check your cycling position – Having your saddle in the incorrect position can cause havoc with your pedalling technique and can also cause recurring problems with your legs, back and shoulders.
- Think about the whole pedal stroke – Rather than just pushing the power through the downwards section of the pedal stroke, think about engaging your hamstrings. You’ll feel as though you’re scraping your feet at the bottom of the pedal stroke and getting ready for your next revolution.
- Invest in a good pair of cycling shoes – Using cycling shoes will help you optimise both the drive and recovery phases of the pedal stroke.
- Practice makes perfect – Find yourself a Wattbike and get practising! At first, this new approach to pedalling may feel alien, however after a few sessions the technique will start to become ingrained in your muscle memory. This also means you’ll be able to transfer those all-important performance gains out on the road.
Get more training tips and advice from Wattbike’s Training Hub.