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more cadence experimentation - Foot Position on Pedals(3 posts)

more cadence experimentation - Foot Position on Pedalsjoekm
Jan 31, 2003 1:39 PM
Up till now, I've always just assumed that the balls of your feet should be on the pedal spindle. Recently, however, that hasn't felt right. I've tried adjusting my cleats so that the balls of my feet are just *ahead* of the spindle. This appears to help make me a little smoother and seems easier on the knees.

I would imagine that there is something out there in internet-land that talks about this.

Any of you experts care to comment?
Feb 1, 2003 6:20 AM

This site has some discussion and good diagrams on fit that you may find informative.

Since setting the cleat position is all done by eyeball, it's inherently inaccurate. I know if you go the opposite direction and place the pedal spindle too close to the toes, it will create stress and pain along the front of the leg, below the knee.

Saddle height is also critical to smoothness. Get the saddle to high and your cadence will become slower and not as smooth. I've lowered my saddle a bit recently and noticed an improvement in smoothness.

KOP is another hot topic. Experiment to see what works for you. Generally, further back positions improve the ability to apply torque, but may reduce cadence. Since power = torque x cadence, it's a tradeoff.
Forward position helps w/"hot foot"Kerry
Feb 1, 2003 8:40 AM
Just like your knee position relative to the pedal axle, cleat location on the shoe is personal preference. Having said that, there's not nearly as much range of "preference" for cleat position. Most people do prefer ball of the foot over pedal axle, and would only move away from that if they have a problem, like hot foot. However, if you feel better with your cleats farther back, it's OK. Just be sure it's not a compensation for some other fit problem. For example, do you get the same effect by moving the saddle back or forward? Absent hot foot problems, the preferred way to improve your fit is by moving the saddle, not moving the cleats.