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    Custom Cycling Shoes

    I have one leg significantly shorter than the other as a result from a car accident. My street shoes, dress shoes, boots, etc have been altered with the necessary 3/4" added to the sole, with good, acceptable results. My intentions are to do a cross country supported tour and being on a bike all day, peddling worries me to think that it might throw my back out of wack. I have never spent an entire day let alone many days in a row on a bike, so I am starting my training now. Am I over thinking this, or should I get cycling shoes that are/can be altered and who can custom make these so that I can attach cleats?

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    Rocket 7 custom bike shoes http://www.rocket7.com/ just realize they cost like a whole, new, bike..

    maybe Medical sports orthopedic specialist prescription, can make it a subsidized by the health care system, Up There? IDK..

    You already have street shoes with one modified ?

    in the past TA had a Pedal that the front and back plates were replaceable and made in various Heights,
    Premium Quality; toe clip and strap stuff.
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    A shorter crank arm for the short leg?
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    Ok, now that I have picked myself up off the floor from checking out the rocket website, what is TA? Yes, all of my regular shoes are appropriatly altered. So I thought that I might get cleated shoes for the added % of power and efficiency. I don't think that $1400 plus is something that I want to afford. (Maybe I should get a sponsor!)

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    what if you stack cleat wedges in an alternating pattern to extend your cleat? just a thought.
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    Seems to be a wood or metal block of the appropriate thickness between the cleat and the shoe would be the simplest fix- it would make it harder to walk in them unless you did something with the heel also. You'd also need to round up longer screws.
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    Hi,

    I imagine in your training if you adjust the seat height to
    what is correct for your shorter leg, it will make precious
    little difference to the longer leg.

    However the way pedals are made, e.g. mine for full toestraps :



    It would be fairly easy to offset the cages up and down each side.

    rgds, sreten.
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    After discussing the problem with my LBS owner, he suggested drilling and tapping a new hole in the crank arm on the short side. I like this idea. Seems reasonable. He also said that it can't be done on all cranks, but bring it in and lets have a look.

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    building up a pedal does not change the leverage through the power stroke,

    a shorter crank arm will..

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    .........building up a pedal does not change the leverage through the power stroke,

    a shorter crank arm will..


    Can someone please explain this to me, as I do not understand what this means

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuckySailor View Post
    .........building up a pedal does not change the leverage through the power stroke,

    a shorter crank arm will..


    Can someone please explain this to me, as I do not understand what this means
    A longer crank arm produces more leverage resulting in more torque since torque is expressed in ft-lbs or newton-meters. Building up the pedal does not change the length of crank arm and does not affect the torque. Even so, building up the pedal will affect the pedaling efficiency since it increases the stack height on that side. Stack height in this context is the distance of the bottom of the foot to the pedal spindle. The closer the foot is to the pedal, the better the power transfer.

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