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One leg longer than the other.

Old 03-11-09, 01:36 PM
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This pony has a leg length discrepency.

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Old 03-11-09, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by jamiewilson3 View Post
Not to sound like an *****, but your qualitative assessment is crap. I say this bluntly to try and drive home the point.

There are a ton of things that can make your legs appear to be of different lengths, starting at your shoulders and going all the way down. Your legs may be different, but you really should go to an orthopedist or a god PT to get the root cause determined before trying to make adjustments.

Based on your statement, you came to your conclusion by measuring the output and not the input = bad.
Ok look, I can't afford a pt or to go to an orthopedist so, I'll use my best judgment on diagnosis. What I can afford are some shims like I said before. I understand that you and bhkyte are trying to help me out, and my methods are not ideal, but it's what I've got to work with. If the cleat shims do not fix the problem then I know to look elsewhere and can rule out that possibility. Maybe I'll save up the cash to get a more professional opinion, but until then I'm all I've got.
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Old 03-11-09, 02:52 PM
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I just fear that you will make the problem worse by compensating for the problem. It is a very common byproduct of this type of approach.
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Old 03-11-09, 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by jamiewilson3 View Post
I just fear that you will make the problem worse by compensating for the problem. It is a very common byproduct of this type of approach.
I do appreciate the concern.

And regardless of weather the shims work, at some point in time I will go to a professional to get a real diagnosis. As for right now I feel like a few mm under my cleats won't exacerbate the problems I'm having, if they do they will be removed. If they do help, then it will have been an easy fix.
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1) I have the same problem.

2) Different crank lengths is a bad idea. A number of cycling gurus including Sheldon
told me it was a bad idea. I had to try it. It was a bad idea.

3) Lemond LeWedges are tolerable in a road shoe. If you use SPD cleats they tend to slide around. Drove me crazy. OK, it was a putt.

4) If you have an old cycling shoe take the innersole out. Put it in the shoe of the short leg. Quick, dirty, works.

5) I like the Specialized shims 10 times better than the LeWedges. Actually, I have a set in several pairs of shoes now.
http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCEqP...=42080&eid=342

6) Take a look at some old shoes or sneakers. Do you wear a shoe more on one side than the other?

7) You need a good bike fitter. So do I, I am going to get a fitting from FitWerx in a few weeks. I suggest you do something similar. You are just guessing. That will result in you making mistakes. Like I did.
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I just talked to the folks that gave me my biodynamic fitting(best in WI) and they're going to re-asses my fit free of charge. They were very cool and almost excited to try and figure the problem out.

Next time I'll know to call them first and then post to BF.
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Late does bring up an excellent diagnostic tool. Look at your shoes and see if they wear evenly. This is one of the best way to assess imbalances.
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