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Does toe overlap necessarily mean the wrong size?

Old 07-21-13, 12:58 PM
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Does toe overlap necessarily mean the wrong size?

Hi everyone,
I just purchased a very nice bike (for my skills and budget) and I am very excited about it. I got a Fuji Cross 3.0 at Performance with a nice discount, and couldn't be happier with the deal. I tried a couple of options in the store. I'm 5'10 with rather long legs, I think I'm about 33 inseam. However, trying the bikes in the store, it seemed that the 56cm frame left me no clearance. I went for the 54, which gives me a bit of room. I'm still dialing in all the adjustments etc.. I like my saddle relatively high to give me good pedal extension, so right now I am on tip-toes to the ground sitting on it. But, on the first tight turn in my parking lot, I did a solid toe scrape on the front tire. So, do I just make sure I keep the outside foot down on tight turns, or does this indicate a terrible fit overall? Remember, this is a recreational ride, I went 'cross instead of road because the trails I am on are variable, some get quite rough. So, I am not at the level or budget to custom fit a frame or freely choose between manufacturers to get that anatomically ideal fit. But if this is a terrible, terrible fit, I would still have to return it.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
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Old 07-21-13, 01:06 PM
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Toe overlap is pretty common. At any normal riding speed, you'll never turn your handlebars that far to turn so it's really nothing to worry about.
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No it does not indicate a bad fit.
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Old 07-21-13, 01:36 PM
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For slower riding the front end has more room as part of a longer wheelbase ,
slacker head angle and seat tube . sit up posture.. less sporting more utility..

Only time you turn the bars that much is at a pretty slow speed , like walking speed ..


once you know it's an issue you will (?) point your toes down on the pedal when that foot

is on the front of the stroke..

Riding faster , you won't notice... how does the fit feel when actually riding a while.?

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Old 07-21-13, 01:38 PM
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nope not a bad fit, just the what the numbers on that frame added up to in conjunction with your shoe size. FWIW I have one bike that I ride occasionally that I get toe overlap on, my buddy who has smaller feet, no toe overlap.

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Old 07-21-13, 01:53 PM
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I have three bikes with overlap, probably a total of 12,000-15,000 miles (I don't keep track, but one of them is 12 years old). The only time my toes have touched the tire is when I was checking to see if they had toe overlap.
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Thank you everyone. That definitely convinces me it's not an issue. And Aaron, thanks for pointing out I have big feet, makes me feel manly I think the fit is nice otherwise. It's my first aero bars bike believe it or not, and it's an adjustment. I'll keep spinning around, so far it definitely feels a LOT comfier than my heavy single speed 29r mountain bike, but then again so would a bed of nails, frankly…
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