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Overlap question.(4 posts)

Overlap question.kidrn
Aug 20, 2003 3:36 PM
New road bike. Newbee roadbiker...when I test rode my bike my toes did not touch the front wheel when turning. I had my LBS put toeclips on. Now I can't turn my handlebars and pedal (I nearly killed myself)... Why don't I have clearance or should there be? Is there something wrong with the bike?
Overlap happens...PdxMark
Aug 20, 2003 4:28 PM
It depends on frame size & geometry, mostly. Smaller frames, and frames with tight "racing" geometries have overlap. Unless it's extreme, it's not a defect.

In most cases, it will almost never happen when you're riding at regular speeds. The time it usually comes up is when you are wobbling a bit as you start or stop. At those times, keep from coasting with your crank arms in the horizontal position. You'll get used to avoiding the problem.
Overlap is common, and not a problemKerry Irons
Aug 20, 2003 4:29 PM
A mix of larger feet (me) or smaller frames often results in a bit of toe overlap. The ONLY time this is an issue is when you "super wobble" starting up from a dead stop. You will never turn the wheel that much in ordinary riding. It soon becomes a habit not to have your foot forward during a front wheel swivel maneuver, and you don't have problems.
Not a problem? Ever do Track Stands?off roadie
Aug 21, 2003 7:52 AM
I generally track stand through traffic lights, and the overlap on my (admitedly small) road bike is a real PITA sometimes. If I'm sharp, I can back pedal so my foot is out of the way- thank god its not a real track bike, eh?

Obviously outside the area of concern for the initial poster. I'm probably an extreme case- clipless pedals, tight frame, 6'3", size 49 (Euro) feet...