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What happens at the ankle?bp.)
Aug 1, 2001 11:03 PM
okay, I've got the cadence thing sorted. I've got my knee problem out of the way (was an imbalance in my arse (read: gluteals)). The only thing I have to figure out now is what happens at the ankle?

I think I'm keeping my foot level(ish) throughout the stroke but upon viewing some races (albeit without slow motion) it looks as if the foot is like its' own little piston?

Anybody able to lend a hand here?
Ankles our the Foundation to the Machine.Canidraftyou
Aug 1, 2001 11:51 PM
The "Ankles our the Foundation of the Machine." The style you choose dictates how your legs work, but you must first know the foundations limits. Explore all styles and find what works for you. I'm not an Authority in Cycling, but have a few thoughts on the subject. If you pivet at the ankle how ever slight, your calves would get a huge workout. This is something I do during Edurance training. Having large calves from prior sports, I would call upon my calves for assistance from time to time. Its my idea, that your ankles must be strong first before they can be solid (staying in one position). When spinning, most point the toe to the road. When Mashing, one keeps a level foot. One should keep the ankle in a locked position, but you must adapt to the conditions (climbs and the flats) and how your going to sprint. Me, I sprint with toes down, my calves are very strong and allow me to use this style, pushing and pulling. When cimbing, I set and spin with toes down for the first half and then stand with the foot level "Mashing". When working in a pace line, its level and mashing. If endurance is in question, then I go to spinnning with toe down. LOL...this is me, and others may tell you different. You need to be well rounded, to be great in all conditions. Great I am not, "Im no better than the next man, just try like hell to be."

This is what makes cycling fun! Make it your own baby. Let your body tell you what is right! I know, your looking for the correct form and all, each person has there own form, unless they have a coach telling them what form to use.

Good luck,

Peace out
It was a little confusing but I think I do the same!(nm)Betterthatidraftyou
Aug 2, 2001 12:49 PM