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Hello front tire, did you meet my 5 little piggies?(3 posts)

Hello front tire, did you meet my 5 little piggies?cyclinseth
Dec 16, 2002 9:42 AM
Yikes! Bad toe overlap on my new cross bike. Scared the crap out of me while weaving in and out of traffic friday night (yeah, I know, don't weave in and out of traffic. You try riding in Manhattan). Is this something inherrent in cross bikes because of their larger tires and (fairly) standard road geometry?
Have same problem. Anyone know of a cure?DJR
Dec 17, 2002 2:52 PM
Have almost 2 inches of overlap on my 50 cm Redline. Does anyone make cx frame that I will not have overlap on? Can a custom frame be built to cure this? My current frame has a 77 cm standover which is snug. Would using a mtn frame with dropbars/STI and a rigid fork be a valid alternative? Would there be any handling or performance drawbacks to this? Thanks in advance.
Have same problem. Anyone know of a cure?atpjunkie
Dec 17, 2002 5:56 PM
it's the same for most small bikes. finding a frame with a longer TT will help. try to go short (but not too short) stem /long TT combo. Also check and make sure cranks are 170's. 175's will cause more overlap. the only other route is to slacken the headtube angle or steepen the seattube angle both of which will affect performance.
Also you should think about technique. any turn tight enough to cause toe to tire contact your pedals should be at 12 and 6 with the 6 being on the outside. You'll get better traction and control doing this versus having your feet at the 9 and 3. Is the contact happening while pedaling around a corner or coasting?