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Technique/form question(3 posts)

Technique/form questionFez
Apr 30, 2003 8:43 AM
When seated and pedaling, do the knees point inward slightly? I heard for many pros the knees and inner thighs rub or nearly rub against the top tube. I had a racer friend who said that was the mark of good form.

I always thought a very neutral position (not knees in and not knees out) was the benchmark of good form.

This, of course, assumes no abnormal leg or knee conditions.
re: Technique/form questioneschelon
Apr 30, 2003 9:51 AM
Before I go on, I got a good joke regardig this thing: Why do cowgirls walk bow-legged?.........cowboys don't take off their hats!..........anyway, obvious bad technique would be to have your knees out and away from the bike like you are a "cowgirl"...and I can't see how having your knees so close to the top tube to be good form when you consider that means the toes are facing inward and the heels are pointing away from the bike...you are essentially forcing your legs to work mechanically different than how they are supposed to work.

My personal general rule of thumb is feet parallel to the top tube and knees turning circles in a forward lateral motion.

Having your knees just about to touch the top tube would cause your legs to be "pigeontoed."
It's about physiologyKerry Irons
Apr 30, 2003 6:13 PM
Some people are bent in, some bent out. Theoretically, if you have everything dialed in, your knees should be going straight up and down, and with a reasonably low Q crank set, that means they will be close to the frame. Knees in or out suggests some alignment problems.