Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-16-08, 11:01 AM   #1
Bolo Grubb
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Bolo Grubb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: 1984 Trek 720 with a Nexus hub, 2016 Cannondale Synapse
Posts: 1,839
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
Cleat placement?

What is the best way to start with your cleat placement? SPD cleats, so that the ball of the foot is right over the pedal axle? in front? behind? Any advantage to any of these spots?

What effects on other fit aspects (such as saddle height) does cleat placement have?

Thank you
Bolo Grubb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-08, 11:12 AM   #2
ca7erham
****** (can I say this?)
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: CO
Bikes:
Posts: 1,900
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I dont have much experiance, but I can tell you that My old shoes had the cleat on the ball of my foot and that my current shoes (shimano MTB shoes) have the cleat as far back as they can go. I like the placement of my current shoes much better because I can ride much more easly with my feet uncliped (for when I'm riding something that is over my head). I think it's more of a matter of personal pref. Play around and see what you like (thats what I did)

Edit: Also I find that I can ride much longer without my feet going numb or hurting, but I dont know if that is just the newish shoes
ca7erham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-08, 02:12 PM   #3
kenhill3
use your best eye
 
kenhill3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Olympia, Washington
Bikes: '75 Bertin, '93 Parkpre Team 925, '04 Kona King Kikapu, '05 Bianchi Vigorelli
Posts: 3,058
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bolo Grubb View Post
What is the best way to start with your cleat placement? SPD cleats, so that the ball of the foot is right over the pedal axle? in front? behind? Any advantage to any of these spots?

What effects on other fit aspects (such as saddle height) does cleat placement have?

Thank you
You definitely have to be willing to fiddle with the placement. It's a personal thing, of course, but like I said, if you experiment a bit, you WILL find that sweet spot for you.
__________________
"I tell you, We are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you any different." - Kurt Vonnegut jr.
kenhill3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-08, 06:06 PM   #4
TGMBG
Banned.
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 11
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
In line with the ball of the foot.
TGMBG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-08, 06:32 PM   #5
kenhill3
use your best eye
 
kenhill3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Olympia, Washington
Bikes: '75 Bertin, '93 Parkpre Team 925, '04 Kona King Kikapu, '05 Bianchi Vigorelli
Posts: 3,058
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by TGMBG View Post
In line with the ball of the foot.
Then tweaked to satisfaction, if needed.
__________________
"I tell you, We are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you any different." - Kurt Vonnegut jr.
kenhill3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-08, 06:38 PM   #6
TGMBG
Banned.
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 11
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by kenhill3 View Post
Then tweaked to satisfaction, if needed.
The most biomechanically efficient cleat position is to have the cleat in line with the ball of the foot.

If a less efficient position is your goal, tweak away!
TGMBG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-08, 06:51 PM   #7
kenhill3
use your best eye
 
kenhill3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Olympia, Washington
Bikes: '75 Bertin, '93 Parkpre Team 925, '04 Kona King Kikapu, '05 Bianchi Vigorelli
Posts: 3,058
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by TGMBG View Post
The most biomechanically efficient cleat position is to have the cleat in line with the ball of the foot.

If a less efficient position is your goal, tweak away!
Yup. Duh. Figured you'd take the bait, Pete.
__________________
"I tell you, We are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you any different." - Kurt Vonnegut jr.
kenhill3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-08, 07:33 PM   #8
TGMBG
Banned.
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 11
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by kenhill3 View Post
Yup. Duh. Figured you'd take the bait, Pete.
Bait?

You post so much idiocy it's difficult to discern what you now claim is "bait" from your usual ill-informed idiocy.

Think, then post.

Or not. It's actually more entertaining when you don't consider the silliness of what you post.
TGMBG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-08, 07:53 PM   #9
Chris_F
World's slowest cyclist.
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Londonderry, NH
Bikes: Cannondale CAAD5 and Cannondale Rush
Posts: 1,353
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by TGMBG View Post
The most biomechanically efficient cleat position is to have the cleat in line with the ball of the foot.

If a less efficient position is your goal, tweak away!
My left foot hurts when I put the cleat right under the ball. My darn body just wants me to be inefficient I guess...
Chris_F is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-08, 08:24 PM   #10
Bolo Grubb
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Bolo Grubb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: 1984 Trek 720 with a Nexus hub, 2016 Cannondale Synapse
Posts: 1,839
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
http://www.cyclingnews.com/fitness.p.../bike_position

On another forum someone posted this link about fit. Fact #7 talks about cleat placement. Interesting stuff.
Bolo Grubb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-08, 08:35 PM   #11
kenhill3
use your best eye
 
kenhill3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Olympia, Washington
Bikes: '75 Bertin, '93 Parkpre Team 925, '04 Kona King Kikapu, '05 Bianchi Vigorelli
Posts: 3,058
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bolo Grubb View Post
http://www.cyclingnews.com/fitness.p.../bike_position

On another forum someone posted this link about fit. Fact #7 talks about cleat placement. Interesting stuff.
Interesting to read this, however I've never gotten very scientific about it- start as close to the ball-over- axle position as I can get, tweak if it feels necessary, then end up wherever it's comfortable for long rides. Low-tech, whatever feels good to me.
__________________
"I tell you, We are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you any different." - Kurt Vonnegut jr.
kenhill3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:08 PM.