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Pedaling Technique Query(8 posts)

Pedaling Technique Queryoldbutslow
Sep 19, 2003 11:09 AM
A question for you more experienced riders. When I watch
the pros on TV, without exception, their knees come very
close to the top tube when pedaling. My left knee does the
same but my right knee wants to wander about 7-9 inches
away. I do have a bit of bowleg on that side. Is this is
fit issue? a genetic, can't be fixed issue?

all help appreciated,
tony
re: Pedaling Technique Querybrad nicholson
Sep 19, 2003 11:17 AM
if you are bowlegged then it sounds a bit genetic but you can look at your pedals. is there any cant to your cleats that are forcing your knees into an open position while seated? is there too much "play" in them?
re: Pedaling Technique Queryoldbutslow
Sep 19, 2003 11:36 AM
It's funny you should mention cant. I have installed two
Le Wedges between my cleat and Speedplay pedals. The fat
part of the wedge in towards the crank. This was in
accordance with the measurements taken at a LBS with the
pronation guage.

I'm not sure what you mean by "play." If you mean float,
since the are speedplay pedals, I have oodles of float. If
you mean play between the pedal and the cleat, that seems to
be pretty tight.

tony
depends....funknuggets
Sep 19, 2003 11:41 AM
Not sure what shape you are in, but 7-9 inches on either side is pretty extreme. Since it is on one side, that is really interesting and a chiropracter friend would claim its spinal alignment.

Let me ask a few things...

1. Are your crankarms the same length??? (kidding)
2. Have you ever had a significant injury to one of your legs?
3. Is one calf bigger than the other?
4. Do you have lower back pain?
5. What is your relative foot position on either side, is one more heel-down than the other?
6. Have you ever been diagnosed with having one leg longer than the other?

I would say there is something amis here, and it could be a combination of genetics, history, and fit. I doubt anyone could diagnose you without seeing you.
depends....oldbutslow
Sep 19, 2003 12:16 PM
Aerobically, I am in terrible shape. Haven't ridden the
bike in 10 years. But, I do frequent the weight room.

2. Have you ever had a significant injury to one of your legs?
2.a. No

3. Is one calf bigger than the other?

3a Not that is readily apparent.
4. Do you have lower back pain?

4a. When I climb steep hills, the lower back does get to
aching.
5. What is your relative foot position on either side, is one more heel-down than the other?

5a. Good question. I've never noticed. Maybe I should
have a look next time I'm on the trainer.
5b. What effect would it have if there is discrepancy
there?

6. Have you ever been diagnosed with having one leg longer than the other?

6a. Never been measured. I'll have the wife do that for
me tonight.
check the saddle toocyclopathic
Sep 19, 2003 12:22 PM
First is it pointing straight, second some guys need turn it 2-5 degrees to the side to accomodate package.
good start.funknuggets
Sep 19, 2003 12:32 PM
6. Measure from the center of your hip joint down to the floor.. will give you a good indication.

5. Would mean that it is likely able to be corrected. Sometimes old injuries (ankle, etc) cause people to either favor or work around irratible spots by extreme angles to joints. One guy that rides with us bows his left leg way out and it is freaky to watch, causes an extreme angle to his left foot and it really is tedious to watch. Bugs me to death, but Im just that way.

I would think, that it is likely a positioning issue, and perhaps raising the saddle a hair would straighten things out, but if you are riding well and pain free... then why change? If you are simply doing it to look serious, then just try and see where it affects you. I would imagine you are going to feel it in your hips first, but that is a hunch.

Keep us posted.
re: Pedaling Technique QueryMShaw
Sep 22, 2003 10:21 AM
Wow, sounds like you've got a good one...

If one knee turns in and one turns out, it sounds like you've got a leg length issue. Could be your bowleg is to blame, but without seeing you riding the bike, I don't know.

I know my left leg is 1/4" longer than my right and it makes setting up my bikes a pain. I can only imagine what problems you're encountering!

You sure you have the saddle height correct? If its too low for the long leg, that knee usually tracks in and out in a figure 8 arc. If its too high for the short leg, it usually wants to twist the heel inward to make the distance shorter.

You have any pictures of you riding the bike we can look at?

Mike