Peak forces to the pedal are reduced with increased cycling cadenceSanderson, D., Hennig, E., et.al. (2000). The influence of Cadence and Power on Force Application and In-shoe Pressure Distribution during Cycling by Competitive and Recreational Cyclists. Journal of Sports Science, 18, 173-181.
This 29 subject strong study covers a lot of ground by manipulating various power and cadence output measures to determine changes in force application and plantar pressure in both competitive and recreational cyclists. The discussion points provide interesting reading around the possible effects of power out put and cadence on both peak plantar pressure and pressure distribution of the foot. Mention is made that reduction of these forces may be one means by which the rider reduces load on the knee.