Make sure your bike pedaling is a strength on the bike. Here are resources to help your pedal stroke get smooth and efficient.
Pedaling a bike is more than clipping in and letting the circular mechanics of the chain ring and crank arm do the work for you. Riders need to direct the motion of their feet.
Most cyclists are eager to suffer through sprints and lactate threshold intervals but few are enthused about pedaling technique. The payoff in speed and efficiency, however, is worth the effort.
When it comes to being efficient, many cyclists aren't reaching their potential. A refined pedal stroke is the answer.
One of the more common errors with cyclists is bow-legged or knees-out pedaling. This is almost always inefficient and often causes knee discomfort (or worse). Here's one trick to fixing it.
Here is an outline of the specifics of efficient pedaling mechanics, with a few drills designed to help you improve your technique.
Cyclists looking to mix their off-season training up a bit might consider the benefits of training on a fixed gear bike. They may be surprised just how new riding a bike can feel.