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Newbie needs fit advice...

Old 07-19-04, 10:47 PM
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Newbie needs fit advice...

Starting about 5 weeks ago I got on a bike for the first time in 20 years after I purchased a Jamis Explorer 3.0. I'm really enjoying the experience even though my level of fitness only allows me to do about 6.5 miles in about 30 minutes before needing a short rest and it's fun to see how my endurance improves each time I go out.

Now on to my question after a little more babbling...

I'm comfortable on my bike for the most part but I notice that with jogging shoes on I tend to settle with the middle of my foot on the pedal rather than the ball of my foot. When I 'force myself' to pedal with the proper part of my foot I notice a big difference in power but I find it hard to keep it there. If I scoot back on my seat it's easier but I find it less comfortable since my seat widens at the back and I normally like to perch on it towards the front.

I was fitted by my LBS but I'm not sure that they paid to much attention to my foot position. While I'm not sure there is an easy answer to these types of questions would moving the seat backward be likely to help?


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Old 07-20-04, 06:48 AM
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Unfortunately most bike shops aren't going to do a very good fit for a hybrid and a rider wearing jogging shoes. They do the best fit for road bikes with the rider wearing cycling shoes.

Go to Wrench Science and click on
"WS Sizing System :: Get fit for Road and Mountain Bikes!" on the right side of the page.
Perhaps this will help you position your saddle (height, fore/aft) and handlebar position.

You could try some two-sided mountain bike clipless pedals (such as Shimano SPD series) to help keep your foot in the correct position. With SPD pedals you can wear mountain shoes (many mountain shoes look like sneakers) or SPD sandals.
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Toe clips will keep your feet in the right position with running shoes and will be much cheaper than clipless pedals+cycling shoes. You dont even have to use straps.
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