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Torque-Based Training (Introduction)
Torque is rotational force.
Cyclists need it; training
Isolated leg training
(one-legged riding) is an excellent method of torque training.
With one hand on a brake, to
prevent you from moving, stand with one leg on one crank, with the crank at 6
There is no torque, because
there is no force applied to the crank to turn it.
Again with one hand on a
brake, stand with one leg on one crank, with the crank at 9 o’clock. Now there
is torque, because there is a rotating force to turn the crank; but there is
no power, because the cranks are not moving and you are not going anywhere.
Torque can be measured at
the crank and at the wheel.
If you measure crank
torque, the force standing on one crank will be the same regardless of what
gear you are in.
If you measure wheel
torque, the torque will be higher in an easier gear. (For the same wheel
torque, crank torque will be higher in a harder gear.)