Perfect Pedalling

Improve your results with better pedalling

Master the perfect pedalling technique

The Polar View

Sport Scientist Eddie Fletcher demonstrates and explains the Polar View and Polar View Graph so you can understand more about your pedalling technique:

The figure of eight

This pedalling technique loses too much pedal momentum on the transition from right-leg to left-leg (point 1) and left-leg to right-leg (point 2). The cyclist is only using the muscles on the front of the thigh and is “stamping” on the pedals.

Tip: Being properly secured in the toe cages or using cycling shoes will help sustain power throughout the pedal stroke.

The figure of eight pedalling technique

The peanut

This pedalling technique maintains some pedal momentum between leg drives. However, there is still a noticeable loss of momentum – especially since at point 2 there is a larger dead spot than at point 1.

Tip: Imagine scraping mud off the ball of your foot to help extend the leg drive and improve the transitions.

The peanut pedalling technique

The sausage

This pedalling technique has a large rounded shape, which is consistent, balanced between each leg, and maintains good pedal momentum throughout. Typical shape of a strong drive and a balanced recovery.

The sausage pedalling technique