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Old 10-04-11, 06:47 PM   #1
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Tried a Canondale Quick 5 today but the front tire...

When I turned it the back of the front tire would hit my the front of my foot as I was pedaling? It was a medium frame. I'm 5'11, was it too small:?
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Not necessarily. Toe strike (that's what it's called) is one of the last things that I would consider when determining weather or not a frame was the right size. It's not uncommon on smaller than large frames; in fact, my Surly LHT was made with 26" wheels for all frames less than size 56cm to alleviate this issue. For sizing concerns concentrate more on stand over height and top tube (or effective top tube) length because you don't want to crush your junk and reach to the bars is a major factor in achieving a comfortable/proper fit.
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Would this fix the toe strike?
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Old 10-05-11, 07:00 AM   #4
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I can "Toe Strike" any bike I have ever owned. You just know how to avoid it.
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Yes it fixes the toe strike, but you can't just put 26ers on a bike that was designed for 700c wheels, the fork and brake setup won't normally allow for it.

The thing is that toe strike is fairly common on bikes with 700c wheels; it should only happen if you're going too slow and start doing that handlebars-back-and-forth thing trying to stay upright. During normal turning it's more or a lean with very little handlebar movement so toe strike isn't an issue.

I can toe strike my Moto, but it rarely happens because I don't put myself in that position for it to happen. If you have to swerve the bars back and forth, move your pedal further down in the rotation so your foot isn't lined up just right to hit the furthest back part of your tire.
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As said in your 2nd post on this same topic .. ride faster !

fixie? .. for slow speed turns remove your feet from the pedals ..
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