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foot overlap touches front wheel in turns(7 posts)

foot overlap touches front wheel in turnskneebreaker
Jul 26, 2003 11:03 AM
i have a freind with a 62cm trek 5900. he is 6 foot 3". uses 14" cycling shoes. when he turns 8" either way he said he touches the tire. he is using 2003 dura ace pedals. i told him he is riding on a racing geometry bike and it is common. i am cusious if i am right.

any suggestions would be apreciated.
no biggie...jose_Tex_mex
Jul 26, 2003 12:09 PM
I bought a smaller frame and had a similar problem. However, after a year of riding I had forgotten about the issue.

It is more common on smaller frames that use a standard fork.

An 8" steer from center is a lot and not likely to ever happen at any kind of speed. You'll probably only notice it when weaving around obstacles or traffic at very low speed.

The worst I can see happening is scuffed shoes. I doubt your toes could ever get caught on the wheel's return.
re: foot overlap touches front wheel in turnsjtolleson
Jul 26, 2003 3:23 PM
At that size frame and requiring that much of a steer to get toe overlap, I wouldn't worry.

It IS possible to have too much toe overlap, but what you've described isn't even close...
How 'bout a cleat adjustment?jesse1
Jul 26, 2003 3:24 PM
Same happened to me when I first rode my new Fuji Team. Other that that, I was real comfortable on it. But this made me pretty nervous. I had a friend suggest moving my cleat closer to the toe (therefore moving the foot back from the wheel). That did the trick and the cleat position gave me a better cadence.
Jul 26, 2003 8:40 PM
Proper bike fit involves having the cleat centered along the ball of the foot. To shift it towards the toe could resolve a shoe/front tire issue but that seems a bad compromise at best as it would throw everything else off.

If your cleat was too far back in the first place then perhaps the tire rub simply brought to light a previous bike setup issue. I hope so.

Toe contact is avoided by manipulating the pedals during tight cornering such that they *couldn't* hit, regardless of overlap.

A little guy like that shouldn't have a problem...cory
Jul 26, 2003 5:53 PM
No, but seriously--I wear bigger shoes than that, and I've had overlap in almost every bike I've ever owned. I've never once touched a toe to the wheel unless I did it deliberately. It's just not an issue.
re: foot overlap touches front wheel in turnskneebreaker
Jul 26, 2003 11:48 PM
i want to thank everyone on this board for helping me with this issue. i will make sure my freind rides better.

you all have the best summer ever!

thank you.