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7/29/09 3:31 P

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John:
Seriously, rip the toe cage pedals off and put on proper clipless ones. I rode with cages in my youth and the number of times I fumbled getting in and out of them was ridiculous. And dangerous - getting your foot out quickly was marginal at best. With a clipless system I can get both feet out of the pedals at a moments notice, every time.

There have been lots of threads on here about going clipless and my advice is simple. Do it and you'll see a huge difference.

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7/28/09 6:38 P

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I have that kind of pedal. I leave them loose, to avoid the not being able to put a foot down worry. I find that I can deal with tighter on my left foot since I usually put down the right, but I don't usually tighten either.

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7/28/09 3:16 P

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I picked the one that your foot slides in and you tighten it at top with a strape
it looks like a metal basket I dont know what ts called??
I bought the clip style shoe, so I have the option if I buy the clip style peddle

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7/28/09 3:10 P

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John:
Actually, if you search "rearward cleat position" on google a whole host of interesting info comes up. Not least of which, the general consensus is that the whole "ball of foot over pedal spindle" is merely a guideline, not a rule. And while it may work for some people, for others, not so much.

This year I moved my cleats from ball of foot to 10mm further back. MUCH better. More stability through the stroke, less calf fatigue and if not a slight increase in power, definitely no lessening in it! However, if I move the cleats all the way to the back it's horrible. Interestingly, when I ride platform pedals I ride more midfoot.

John (FREEDOMSTAR):
What do you mean you have the right shoes and the wrong pedals? If you have a clipless system, I'd sort it out ASAP if I were you.

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If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
-P.Z. Pearce

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-Andy Coggan

The plural of "anecdote" is not "data".
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7/28/09 2:58 P

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Do what feels best for you. I have different bikes, 2 I that I am clipless with, and that is always having the ball of the foot on the pedal. When I'm just being free as a bird and doing my thing with the other 2 bikes, I find myself with the pedal towards the heel of my foot. Go figure.

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7/28/09 1:23 P

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I bought the right shoes but the wrong peddle
Im not comfortable with the click in type yet- trust issue it it gets stuck and i cant remove my foot I'll be crashing down!!

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7/28/09 1:16 P

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I'm assuming you have platform pedals and normal shoes. In which case, general foot position is based on what feels right for you and your biomechanics. Some people like the ball of the foot, others the midfoot while I've seen other people ride with the pedals towards the ankle.

Don't sweat it, just get out there and ride. Learning how to ride a bike on the road and getting used to changing gears, hills, wind etc is going to be more beneficial to you than worrying about where your foot is on the pedal...

In God we trust, all others bring data.
- W. Edwards Demings

If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
-P.Z. Pearce

Specificity, specificity, specificity.
-Andy Coggan

The plural of "anecdote" is not "data".
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7/28/09 1:13 P

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Cycling shoes clip into the pedals at the ball of the foot, so I would imagine that you would get more power out of that position even if you are not clipped in.

John

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7/28/09 12:56 P

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Hello! I'm new here. I have read a lot about proper form when riding but nothing about foot position! (I am limited to my general fitness magazines. no biking magazines.) I've noticed that my husband puts the ball of his foot on the petal whereas I use the center of my foot. Is there an advantage to either way? I feel I can push harder using the center of my foot but maybe petal faster with the ball. Any suggestions?
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