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Old 11-11-12, 08:26 PM   #1
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help adapting my wifes bike

My wife is just getting into riding with me now, she has physical disabilities, but is able to ride, the main issue I see with her riding, is her right foot is turned to one side and doesn't sit flat on the pedal, sometimes this causes it to fall off, her foot sits at a 45 degree angle, this is due to issue with her back and leg, that she has had since childhood, has anyone adapted any pedals over or cranks over to turn the pedal at an angle? I would like to see some ideas, I'm a fabricator and mechanic and have access to a machine shop, so I can do the modifications, but I would like ideas, her foot sits flat on the pedal but just turned about 45 degrees
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Old 11-11-12, 08:34 PM   #2
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the bike she is riding is a roadmaster MT fury 15 speed, it's a cheap bike, but works for her because it's low to the ground, she's short, it looks like a youth bike, but whatever works right? if someone has one of these in their junk, I need a pedal crank for it, I just got an idea of how I could machine out the pedal threads, and machine new ones in at an angle, this would effectively allow me to tilt the right pedal, and her foot would sit all the way on it, i would need the crank and the right pedal
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Old 11-13-12, 09:16 PM   #3
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There is a product called Kneesavers - pedal extenders. If this bike has a standard pedal axle, this puts the pedal out farther from the frame.
For the foot angle, I would look at a product called 'power grips'. these install onto pedals. This is a strap that can be used to hold a foot close to the pedal.
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Old 11-14-12, 06:10 AM   #4
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I got your P.M. and the RSX triple crank, bottom bracket and derailleur will be on the way to you shortly. I don't have a spare pedal as I sent a set to a person that needed some last summer. Make sure the RSX's bottom bracket's threading will work in the bottom end shell. Hope this helps her out.

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Old 11-21-12, 06:04 PM   #5
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Does your wife have a supinated foot (the outside edge of her foot hits the ground first)? Is there a way to add a shaped layer to the bottom of her shoe to help with her foot staying on the pedal?

How about modifying her shoes? I broke both heels years ago and after surgery, one foot is quite supinated, so I added a rubber wedge (with silicone glue) to the sole of the shoe to take pressure off the outside edge.

Don't know if this helps. Good luck.
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