Technical question on leg form

Discussion in 'Cycling Training' started by gman0482, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. gman0482

    gman0482 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2009
    Messages:
    1,392
    Likes Received:
    17
    I'm kinda new to cycling but ride pretty much everyday. I was wondering if there is a good form to keep when pedaling. (Example: should knees be in towards the frame and feet at a set position.) I just got some clips and shoes but on backorder. My toes kinda get numb after like 5 miles. Any help would be great.

    Thank you,
    Greg
     
    Tags:


  2. frenchyge

    frenchyge New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2005
    Messages:
    4,687
    Likes Received:
    4
    Wait, are you riding clipless pedals (ie, attached with a special cleat) with street shoes? Is that why your foot nearly slipped off the pedal in your other post? That in itself will make your feet numb, so that problem might go away when the shoes come in. Also, kinda dangerous.

    Once you get your new shoes/pedals, I'd suggest you go to your bike shop and get a fitting done on the bike. They will address things like saddle height, fore/aft positioning, bar position, etc. to help make you comfortable and efficient on the bike. As you start adding miles to your workouts, you'll enjoy them much more without all the little (and sometimes big) aches and pains associated with an ill-fitting bike.

    Knees should be straight in front of your hips (not bow-legged), which would most likely put them fairly close to the frame. Feet positioning on the pedals should roughly put the axle of the pedal under the widest part of the foot, but if you're using street shoes on a tiny clipless pedal then you're probably going to be forced to put the pedal closer to the toes for grip.
     
  3. jhuskey

    jhuskey Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2003
    Messages:
    10,605
    Likes Received:
    339
    If you have or get the saddle at the correct height and tilt and are using decent good fitting shoes your legs will fall into their natural position. Everyone is built differently and if you try and force your legs into an un-natural position I predict they will cramp.
     
  4. swampy1970

    swampy1970 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2008
    Messages:
    10,057
    Likes Received:
    185
    For most people it will...

    ... and some have had previous "accidents" that have realigned various bits in addition to the usual suspects of leg length discrepancies. Cramp will be the least of his worries should he get the position on the bike wrong and cleat position messed up.

    Although it's not that hard to get the bike setup well, it's amazing how many people have positions that resemble a frog squatting to take a dump...
     
  5. jhuskey

    jhuskey Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2003
    Messages:
    10,605
    Likes Received:
    339
    Not true, I happen to know that a frog doesn't need to squat to take a dump.:D
     
  6. gman0482

    gman0482 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2009
    Messages:
    1,392
    Likes Received:
    17
    Thanks everyone, I have regular pedals right now, I've been told they are pretty good, I just added some toe clips to them, but can't wait for my shoes to come in so I can install my new pedals.
     
  7. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2004
    Messages:
    16,130
    Likes Received:
    115
    Next time I'm down the bike shop, I'm gonna buy some legs to do the pedalling for me:D
     
Loading...
Loading...