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?|
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 problem||Kerry 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...