[quote="the crazyest vegan"]you dont have to be going that fast to use a 53x11 (although looking at my bike now i have a sneaky suspicion it might be a 12!) in a through and off session i did a while back i was spinning at about 80rpm in my hardest gear, a chart isnt going to take into acount drafting, terrain, etc etc.
i thought a 56 might be usefull to work up some strength in the initial winter month's, then around the end of jan change it back to a 53 and get some seriouse spinning done to add the speed needed, but i may be wrong
You really are the craziest vegan !!!
80rpm isn't spinning ! Thats pushing. You aren't spinning unless its over 100rpm, at least ! If you are turning it at 80rpm, its way to big !
If you try road racing and expect to get by on 80rpm, you'll be blown away in the first few miles. If you only riding at 80rpm in that gear, you aren't strong enough.
Yup....you are wrong !
You don't build strength by pushing a 56 ring. Pushing a 56 ring is the result of building strength, not strength building.
You don't need absolute strength, you need sustainable strength. Thats different. You need to build your FTP level.....
Keep gears low, and do killer rides, spinning at high levels.
My strongest year ever, I rode a tiny 63 inch gear all winter, riding at 130rpm everywhere. Nobody could stay with me. Won a road race at xmas by smashing it to bits.
Upped gear to 67, then 70 inch in new year, kept spinning. When it came to racing, I could easily handle the big gears. Won eight road races in a row.
I had a friend I trained with that winter, Cayn. He rode a 57 inch gear. Tiny something like 42x20 ? Even I couldn't stay with him when he spun it fast. He was a first year pro with Fagor. Won the Tour of Portugal that year. Awesome. Legs like tree trunks. Built on spinning and a high FTP.
Training is far more complex than that. But its an example.
Forget the 56 ring !
Learn to spin ! Then build strength through specific intervals.