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Wide Feet - Road bicycling

Old 08-23-04, 05:53 PM
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Wide Feet - Road bicycling

I have a really wide foot (the other is pretty normal for my size). I saw the doc and he doesn't want to do anything, 'cause it ain't broken.

So, I have found on the new road bike that the left foot (mainly the joint where the big toe meets the foot) is rubbing against the crank arm.

The local bike shop suggested some pedal extenders that are mention in this previous thread: http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/index.php/t-22940 .

After reading the input for this original thread I am wondering if a different pedal would be better? Please give me some ideas, because I love the new bike, but I'm finding pedaling IS an issue.

Are there other brands of pedals I should be looking at?
I am not currently riding too too much (recuperrating from another injury) and barely rode this season
the jamis came with some clipless pedals and shoes that I find incredibly bad so I put the look pedals on from another bike.

I have look cleats & pedals currently that I took of a Bridgestone RB2 (great steel ride) and put on my new Jamis (another great steel ride). Now the Bridgestone is currently in pieces while I attempt to restore to nearly original condition. But my fiance and I do not remember me ever complaining about this with the pedals on the Bridgestone.

Thanks for any input you all have.

ps - anyone know where to get original Bridgestone decals? I bought one used in the basement of a local shop a few years ago and fell in love with it. Great great steel ride.
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Old 08-23-04, 10:20 PM
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I had a problem with one foot rubbing on the crank which I was able to fix with sideways adjustment of the SPD cleats and carving some rubber off the bottom of the shoe to allow the movement on the cleats. I dont know if the Look cleats provide for sideways adjustment. I think you could put 2 or 3 mm of washers on the pedal threads without jeopardizing the threads of the cranks.
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I use washers on my pedals. Easy and cheap. Some high-end Look pedals have up some lateral adjustment possibilities.
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Thanks for all the input; I have a few more questions and/or comments:

1. I can't slide the cleats over any more.. I love the Look pedals so I tried that one already. I thought there would be more play, but I guess I have one wide foot.

2. When using washers (excuse me for being such a novice) won't I be lessening the amount of threaded spindel which is actually in the crank arm? I am about 210lbs so I'm afraid this will lessen the strength or integrity of the pedal especially on the downstruck going up hills?

I'm curious about the entire washer idea, but I don't understand why the extenders will be a problem?

Thanks again for the info; there's never enough and getting first hand experience is the best.
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My understanding of the situation is that if small adjustments
don't cut it; you are stuck with pedal extenders or custom cranks.
Pedal manufacturers are getting away with a 'one size fits all' scam.
People vary wildly. You should be able to buy pedals, or at least the pedal shaft, in varying lengths. You seemed to be saying you tried those $200 Looks that have adjustable Q. Is that correct?
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With the washers you reduce the amount of thread engaged in the crank. That is why you shouldnt use too much - 3 mm should be OK provided you arent pounding on your pedals all the time. The extender has a full female thread at one end and a full male thread at the other end, so the pedal is moved out by at least the length of the threads. You have the choice of moving the pedal out a small amount with washers or a huge amount with the extender - nothing in between.
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Quick update... I got 'em and have been riding with them for a few months now and did find that they did require a bit of saddle position change (actually had to slide back a hair).

I know it's weird, but other than that they are okay thus far.
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Hi,
do your regular shoes wear more on one side than the other?
I had that problem. After I put shims under my cleat, the desire to get my feet wider apart went away. In fact, I belong to the Church of the Holy Q now.
Smaller Q is better. Just guessing, but I think you still need to find the underlying problem.

Luck...
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