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  Different paddling gears........
  Posted by: willi_h2o on Mar-25-13 9:34 AM (EST)
 

-- Last Updated: Mar-25-13 9:40 AM EST --

Just as bikes have different gearing so do kayaks,
via paddle shaft lengths, weights, blade sizes.

Cyclists can use too high a gear grinding their joints
and causing themselves pain in a similar manner to
paddlers using too large a blade face putting lots
of stress on their upper body.

Spinning can be done with a paddle as well, so perhaps
having a "spare" paddle on deck might help
to change the cadence a bit during an outing.
Start with a heavier paddle and as you fatigue
then switch to the lighter paddle.

A musician drummer buddy of mine will switch
to shorter sticks towards the end of a long gig
to shave a few grams off the repetitive motion.


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