Hey everybody, I'm trying to get fit but its harder than I expected. Cycling is lots of fun but there are a few things that are showing up on my daily commute that I don't like and I need a hand correcting them.
1) Pedal positioning- Where is the right spot to put my feet on the pedals? Heel? just behind the toes? Arch? Totally lost. One minute just behind the toes is comfy, then the arch, then back... argh!
2) Seat height- Too low and I feel like I'm digging my legs into my gut (yeah I've got a gut) and too high and my hips are swaying back and forth to reach the bottom of the pedal stroke. If its high, then it feels like its just the right reach to the top of the pedal stroke, but the bottom of the stroke, I have to reach too much, causing the swaying. If its lower, then I get the bottom of the stroke settled down but the top of the stroke feels like its not high enough. It almost feels like I need longer cranks. Do I?
3) I constantly find myself pedaling, then coasting, pedaling then coasting, over and over. I try to pedal a steady cadence, but I find my legs 'floating' between pedal pumps. If I try to maintain a slower cadence it just doesn't work. Feels like I've got to be b*lls out all the time, or coasting. How do I find a happy medium? Would clipless pedals stop the 'floading' feeling, and make me actually lift instead of lifting my foot off the pedal like it seems like I'm doing now?
Thanks for the time and consideration. I know this is alot of questions but its taking enjoyment out of my cycling.