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Toe overlap(8 posts)

Toe overlapjaybird
Apr 10, 2003 5:26 PM
Is there anyway to minimize toe overlap? My wife has about an inch of overlap. The bike is pretty new and it is a 51cm, 700c wheels, and 170 cranks. Would different wheels have any effect? I put one of my training wheels on her bike today and this was the first time she noticed it...

Is this too much overlap? I have never had this come up for myself...
Very common, almost never a problemcory
Apr 10, 2003 7:39 PM
Is it bothering her, or is she just afraid it will? It's really common, especially on smaller frames, and I've never seen or heard of anyone crashing or having trouble because of it. She almost certainly doesn't turn the wheel far enough to hit her toes in real riding.
A smaller wheel might fix the overlap, but then her front brake wouldn't work. I'd just ride the bike, and I'll bet she never notices.
Very common, almost never a problemSadlebred
Apr 11, 2003 2:12 AM
I am 5'3" and ride a 46 cm frame. I have a good 1.5" of toe lap with my front wheel. Even racing crits, going through tight corners, etc., I've never had a problem with my toe hitting the front wheel.

If it is a bit concern, she might want to look into getting a bike with 650 C wheels. Otherwise, I would ignore it as suggested.
A 3rd vote for no problem.dzrider
Apr 11, 2003 4:06 AM
I have some overlap on all my bikes but only notice on my fixie cause I have to pedal at low speeds, the only time I actually turn the wheel. Even when I do hit the wheel with my toe nothing happens other than hitting the wheel with my toe.
one more thing...jaybird
Apr 11, 2003 6:57 AM
I did notice after further investigation, that the wheels she is used to have 700x23 tires and the wheels she was using when she noticed it were 700x25. She'll get over it...
re: Toe overlapnoveread
Apr 11, 2003 7:45 AM
My new bike has some overlap. I'm still getting used to it. The only times I have to be conscious of it is starting up at lights and trying to ride through people (slowly), say at a race.

It has only caused me to fall once! :) Fortunately there was grass! :) That was, er, rather embarassing! Ha-ha! And I return to the scene of the "crime" this weekend! I wonder if I'll get any:

"Hey, are you the guy that fell over while riding on the sidewallk?"


re: Toe overlapjaybird
Apr 11, 2003 9:00 AM
It took me a minute to understand what you were talking about. "I wonder if I'll get any"

Good luck either way!
Toe overlap can be a problem..Mariowannabe
Apr 11, 2003 10:13 AM
going up really, really steep hills where one might have to zig/zag. I used to have to do this with my old 12/23 cog. The frame I used at the time have toe overlap and its was always a challenge doing the zig/zag think. By new bike doesn't have toe overlap, and I have a 13/29 so its no longer an issue, thank goodness.