Very interesting information concerning crank length for those bicycle enthusiasts…

  I have been out of cycling for some time, but I have  been thinking about leverages and being able to be more efficient on the bike.   For those who have long femurs (leg bone from hip to knee) leverage can vary greatly through the pedal stroke.  Of course it affects everyone but the long femured individuals have more of a problem with it.  Proper bike fit getting the proper angles is super important and this article mentions a factor (extreme crank length reduction) that most of you have never considered.  It makes lots of sense.  One thing that has always bothered me is the accepted belief that longer legged riders need longer cranks.  What this does is put the rider in a much less mechanically efficient position at the top of the stroke (meaning weaker) .By reducing the length of the crank and I do not mean by going from 180 mm cranks to 165’s.  I am talking going from 180’s to 115’s. A RADICAL difference that makes so much sense.

Read this article if you are intrigued…

About Rick Lange

My goal is to give out training advice that has helped me tremendously. I am 54 yrs old and have been training almost all my life. Weight training...bodybuilding, and powerlifting have been my focus. I ventured into cycling, road and mountain biking and triathlon for a while. Lost lots of weight in order to make myself competitive. Then decided to come back to my roots....weight training. I have a very athletic background, having participated in football, baseball and track in my school days. I am very proud of my accomplishments racing motocross and jet skiis. Also ejoyed windsurfing , kayaying, water skiing and snow boarding/skiing as well. Rick Lange
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