Cathedral City, CA
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Cathedral City, CA
Bikes: 2016 RITCHEY BreakAway (full Chorus 11), 2005 Ritchey BreakAway (full Chorus 11, STOLEN), 2001 Gary Fisher Tassajara mountain bike (sold), 2004 Giant TRC 2 road bike (sold)
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Originally Posted by overthehillmedi
Yes another clipless question to be hashed over.I walk with one foot splayed out to one side by about 30 degrees,it's genetic passed down by my great to the umpteenth grandfather to all of his male decendents. Thanks Grandpa. Now I am in the process of having a touring bike built for me and need to find a clipless system that will not cause me to many problems to use. I notice that when I ride using platforms that my foot is turned out so having my foot fixed in straight ahead would probably cause me grief in the long run (pedal). So what system would the great minds on this page recommend? Thanks for your comments.
I have a similar problem, but it is both ankles and due to arthritis. I don't think the problem relates to the degree of float. There is no reason that you, or I, should need more float than anyone else. However, I think the important thing is to get the foot and the pedal in the proper relationship to one another. When you position your cleat on the shoe, it will have an angle that matches the 30 degrees that you mentioned. But, that will put your heel too close to the bike. Assuming that your legs are straight, your heel needs to be in the same place as folks with straight legs and feet. The ball of the foot needs to be further away from the bike to get the heel in the right place and prevent a forced inward rotation of your foot. I use the Pedal Axle Extension from High Sierra Cyclery http://www.hscycle.com/Pages/cantsandwedges.html
This allows me to get the ball of my feet away from the bike, keeps me from having to rotate my feet inward and stop hitting the chain stays with my heels. The only hooker is that unless you get the extensions drilled out, you can't use clipless pedals that only have a hex socket for tightening and no wrench flats. For liability reasons I assume, the High Sierra folks are reluctant to do this.