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Old 10-10-12, 05:15 PM   #1
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Should your feet be flat at the bottom of your down stroke?

I notice sometimes that the ball of my foot is much lower than the heel of my foot on my down strike. This is mainly just annoying because with toe clips it reduces my ground clearance substantially when I'm on single track or the like - the whole pedal is tilted down and forward.

Does this mean my seet is too high? Should my feet be level at the bottom of the pedal stroke?
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Old 10-10-12, 05:45 PM   #2
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I notice sometimes that the ball of my foot is much lower than the heel of my foot on my down strike. This is mainly just annoying because with toe clips it reduces my ground clearance substantially when I'm on single track or the like - the whole pedal is tilted down and forward.

Does this mean my seet is too high? Should my feet be level at the bottom of the pedal stroke?
No (not necessarily).

Ideally, you'd go to a place where somebody can actually see what your pedaling looks like.
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Old 10-10-12, 06:55 PM   #3
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I thought your feet were supposed to be at about a 15 degree angle on the downstroke? could be wrong though.
how high is your seat? formula I use to check seat height is inseam x .889. so w/ 32" inseam, it would be a seat heigh of 28.5" from center of the crank to the top of your saddle.
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Old 10-10-12, 07:00 PM   #4
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Your heels should not be below the balls of your feet, if that's what you're saying. Although I suppose they might do that if you have no calf muscles.
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I'm old school.

Go for a ride with somebody whose judgement you trust. After about a 1/2 hour warm up, have your partner ride behind you. If your hips are rocking from side-to-side, your saddle is too high. Now have your partner observe you from the side. If your heels droop below the pedals at the bottom, your saddle is too low.
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I'm a firm believer that unless you're biomechanically unusual to the extent that it affects your performance, your feet should be where they're comfortable.
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I think the right answer might be clipless.
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