LBKA (formerly punkncat)
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: OTP South
Bikes: Spec Roubaix SL4, GT Traffic 1.0
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Want to use a specific foot/leg combo with a specific pedal
I am having an issue with heel strike with a foot leg combo I want to use. Up to this point I have been using an old leg to do my riding with. It, and others, had the foot mounted in such a way that I could turn the pylon to "toe in" my foot both avoiding heel strike as well as properly lining the shoe in the middle of the cleat float. If you've ever had a foot you can't feel come unclipped unexpectedly you know what I am talking about...
With the old legs I can ride all day without issue, but when I get off to walk more than a small distance it becomes a major comfort issue and not long after can cause injury.
My newest leg has a Rush Abilify foot The length of my residual along with the height of the foot did not allow for putting in a "pipe" above the pylon, so it's a solid piece attaching both pylons solidly. I cannot turn this foot without actually removing it from the socket itself and even then is keyed/notched. It is toed out to such a degree that not only can I not clear the crank arm, but I am past the release for the SPD. I was turned on to some aftermarket pedal extenders that will work for making the heel clear. There is not enough adjustment in the cleat to allow me to stay in the float portion, I am right on the release and any lateral movement results in unclipping.
I am looking at doing a short tour and would like not to have to carry another leg/foot combo with for space and weight. I would like to use my eggbeaters as they work well (otherwise) and release easily enough for me to get my foot out without intervention. I can't reliably keep my foot on a platform, going to be on a 'bent anyway and it's exhausting. I prefer not to use a strap pretty much for those same reasons.
It was suggested that I modify the cleat location but none of my shoes will allow for that the way they are built.