Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes: Surly Big Dummy, Fuji World, 80ish Bianchi
Originally Posted by CbadRider
When your foot is on the pedal at the bottom (six o'clock position) you should have about a 10 to 30 degree bend in your knee.
You should also check forward/back positioning of your saddle. When your front foot is on the pedal perpendicular to the ground (9 o'clock position) your knee should not be too far forward over your toes. If you were to drop a straight line down from your kneecap to your shoe, it should hit at your instep, where your shoelaces would be tied.
Actually I think it should hit a bit more forward than that, more like the ball of your foot, directly over the pedal spindle, but it's just a ballpark anyway and YMMV from the initial position.
Hannah, assuming that you are not using clipless pedals, I'd say that your saddle needs to go a bit higher. Use the good advice cbad gave as a starting point, then, after giving it some miles, make tweaks in lil baby increments (mm, not inches).
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