I decided last week to mount the cages to my pedals (I took them off upon bringing my bike home a couple months ago). They're cheap, they're too long, and I decided that I had no idea how to use them (correctly), in addition I found myself questioning the alignment of my knees to my feet.....
My first hint that my leg/knee position might be wrong, was when a buddy suggested that I shouldn't be riding with my knees sticking out to the sides. In similar fashion, I learned the same thing about riding my motorcycle correctly....
So I raised my seat-post in an attempt to FORCE my knees to align with the pedals on each downstroke.
- AND -
then I noticed my toes splayed to the sides, virtually sticking out of the pedal cages(!?!) I bought some better cages in a size more appropriate to my size 6 1/2 foot (size 7 shoe) and mounted them..... but my feet/toes pointing outwards again.
Sooooo..... raising the seat post may have addressed my knees splaying out to the sides, but about the cages:
1) If they are the correct size for the rider's foot, is the foot supposed to jammed deep into the toes of the cage?
2) Is it best that I make a concerted effort to align my foot parallel to the bicycle frame, rather than the foot sitting skewed on the pedal?
3) With cages in place, is your foot supposed to follow-through from the initial down-force by kinda scooping through on the up-stroke?
Help me to understand how to use these cages correctly and efficiently.....
as I may never see those cool snap-in kinda cletes you guys use. I will NEVER be able to afford custom made shoes in size 6 1/2 EEEEEE.