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Is foot angle important?(5 posts)

Is foot angle important?sharkey
Jun 18, 2002 5:13 AM
I have just finished setting up my new LOOK cleats (very nice). I set up the cleats as I always have . . . directly under the ball of my foot, etc. The problem is that after riding for a while, my right heel has a tendency to rotate out about 2 degrees. I don't think this has anything to do with the LOOK system, more so with my own peculiar physiology. Incidentally, my left foot is perfectly parallel to the bike. It's somewhat annoying riding pidgeon-toed on the right side, but it doesn't appear to hurt my knees. I'm wondering: Should I try to correct this by rotating the cleat to compensate for this angle, or should I just let the float in the pedal take care of it (currently set at 6 degrees)? Thanks in advance.
re: Is foot angle important?Mel Erickson
Jun 18, 2002 5:26 AM
Sounds like that's the angle your foot wants to take. If you have no knee problems I'd leave it. If you start having problems I'd try to duplicate your old setup as close as possible since that's probably what your feet and knees are used to.
re: Is foot angle important?Jekyll
Jun 18, 2002 8:44 AM
I think like Mel said above that if this is comfortable to you then leave it be. I like float because of this. I find that my foot moves a bit side to side as it moves through the pedalling motion. I'm not sure if this is a result of a flawed pedal stroke or just the way my body works: either way it seems to work for me. Knees are sensitive things. My take has always been that if you have something that works well then let it go. Angle of foot, height, fore/aft position tend to become habit over the years. I think that most of the time messing with them tends to serve more knee pain than benefit.
I had foot pains that I determined arose because,bill
Jun 18, 2002 11:35 AM
although I was able to position my foot more or less properly within the margin for error provided by the float, my foot was locked against one side of the float. Pedaling created uneven pressure. When I realigned things so that my foot's natural position lay in the center of the float (assymetrically with the other foot, neither of which are entirely parallel), the pressure across my foot equalized and the problem went away.
But, I had a problem. You don't. I agree that, if it's not broke, don't fix it.
Foot angle is important when mine is in your *ss for this post.refusenik
Jun 18, 2002 4:01 PM