05 Aug '12, 11am

Musician Ben Sollee and Band Touring by Bike: Cadence

Musician Ben Sollee and Band Touring by Bike: Cadence

Guest blogger and musician Ben Sollee is contributing a series of articles from the road about his Ditch the Van tour. He's traveling by bike, unsupported, throughout New England. Day 5: Newburyport, NH to Portsmouth, NH (28 miles) I came to cycling as a musician. Most of my riding techniques and even repair knowledge have been interpreted through my experience as an instrumentalist. I relate chain tension to the strings on my cello. I relate safe group riding to chamber music. But, the concept of cadence in cycling explicitly references one of the foundational principals in music: pace. During the long stretch of Highway 1A on our ride today we fell into a group rhythm. Working in ensemble, we became a train that was smoother, faster, and less efforted than previous ride days. We did not accomplish this by setting a goal speed or counting pedal RPMs. It was just a matter ...

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