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Old 06-29-09, 11:58 PM
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Where to put feet?

Where exactly should cyclists put there feet on the pedals? Most people use the arch of the foot, but I see some using their toe or the heel. Heh, it's funny how most sports have some sort of guide, but cycling is more figuring it out yourself.
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Ball of the foot.

There's a bunch of books out there. Helps if you look.
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^^^agreed, you can get the most power that way also. i switch between the ball and arch depending on what Im doing.
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Uh, there are tons of guides out there. Go to Amazon.com and put cycling in the search bar. Go to the library.
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Look at any cycling shoes. If you don't have access to a pair, check out pics in online catalogs for bike stuff, i.e. Poorformancebike (sic) and Nashbar. The location of the cleat mounting holes is a good indication of where the pedal goes.
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Ball of the foot is recommended for efficiency (and to avoid injury/pain? unsure). I usually do that but I'd recommend just doing whatever doesn't hurt, if you're riding for comfort and not speed.
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Balls of the feet are preferred.

Many people ride on the arches, and I think it is because in street shoes, this is where a pedal feels solid under the foot.

If a person moves from the arch to the toe (as I did a while back) they may have sore calves after their first couple of rides. They will also need to raise their saddle a bit since their legs are effectively a little longer because of the flexed ankle.
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using FLAT bottom street shoes, i switch between the toe to ball to arch, and vice versa depending on what i'm trying to do.

toe for speed,
ball for normal cruising
arch to climb those really puffing hills

when using non Flat bottom street shoes, then the pedal automatically locks in to the arch due the hill
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I normally walk on the balls of my feet. So it's natural for me to also put them on the pedals.
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Like others have said, ball of foot directly over pedal axle.
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Try riding with your heels on the pedals for a week or two and then report back.
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