As a bonus offer, I received a cadence computer along with the new trainer that I ordered this winter. Even though it’s not wireless and I had to swallow the indignity of wrapping wires onto that glorious Colnago frame, I’ve now begun to realize the benefits of cycling with cadence targets. I tracked myself for awhile without changing anything about the way I cycle. I discovered that I’m mostly a sub-80 RPM rider. While there’s no panacea for the right cadence, depends on each ones individual physiology, I figured that I was probably in the sub-optimal zone for someone of my height, weight, and general fitness. So I started cranking it up little by little. It felt uncomfortable and even counter-productive (i.e. tiring) at first. But gradually I realized that if I settled into it and trained myself to control my breathing and heart rate, a higher cadence (within reason) leaves me less tired at the end of a ride and less sore (knees in particular). It takes some practice and training. But try it. If you have a computer, try running 5 RPM faster at first and then see if you can get to about 10 RPM above your usual average. I’ve now been riding for a few weeks at 85 – 90 RPM. I still have a tendency to drop down if I don’t concentrate on it, but I already find myself looking for a different gear if I hit below 80 RPM. It’s becoming a new normal. I guess you can teach an old (cycling) dog new tricks after all.