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Right heel hitting chainstay on Cannondale Road bike

Old 05-12-10, 05:30 PM
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Right heel hitting chainstay on Cannondale Road bike

Working on fixing up my dad's sr-400 from the 80's. Most of the work is done, and I took it on its first shakedown ride. My right heal is grazing off the chainstay on the drive side of the bike.

This is my first road bike, and my first set of clipless pedals/shoes as well. Right now, my feet are pretty much parallel to the downtube when I pedal. My natural position is heels in just a little, which would make the heal strike issue even worse.

What can I do about this other than point my big toes at the downtube?

Oh, I wear a size 48 Eu shoe as well ><. I really hope I haven't gotten myself $200+ into a rebuild that I'm not going to be able to ride. (New tires, tubes, chain, brake pads, cables, housings, new gear cable/housings, shoes)
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Old 05-12-10, 05:41 PM
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move the cleats back on the shoe a little bit. that will put your heel forward. put a spacer in the pedal spindle, that would push your foot out a mm or three.
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As said, you really will just have to adjust the cleats so you don't hit. That frame has huge straight chain stays and not the best heel clearance to begin with. I think they even had a purposed dent in it so the crank wouldn't hit.

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Old 05-12-10, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Ygduf View Post
move the cleats back on the shoe a little bit. that will put your heel forward. put a spacer in the pedal spindle, that would push your foot out a mm or three.


THIS ^^

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Old 05-12-10, 08:35 PM
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I use Kneesavers, a 20mm spacer, on my CAAD 5 and my right heel still hits the stay. I do toe-out quite a bit. I don't hit on some other bikes.

Don't try to force your knees to do something they don't want to do.
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Old 05-12-10, 08:51 PM
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+1 on the cleat adjustment.
My heel comes within mm of my chainstay, but it's bent in to accommodate me. Just me.
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Old 05-12-10, 09:41 PM
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Some people have more knee issues than others. I've always put my cleats on the shoes, clipped the shoes to the pedals, then adjusted the cleats so the shoes cleared the chainstays. I've never had any knee problems in over 20 years.

Adjust your cleats to miss the chainstays, and watch to see how your knees do. If you have any sign of knee problems then hit your LBS for some help.
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Old 05-12-10, 10:12 PM
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Is your name Tesch?
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Old 05-13-10, 03:31 AM
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yup, cleats. move them back and/or in. Make sure your knee tracks straight. Zero float cleats will also help.
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OP, you didn't mention what cleat/pedal/shoe combination you are using. SPD cleats have some ability to shift left/right, as well as fore/aft and angle.
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Don't mess with your cleat position - screwing with your pedaling mechanics is a one-way ticket to more problems.

Are you pedaling pigeon-toed? Are your knees 6" away from the top tube? If so, that could be your problem.
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Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
Don't mess with your cleat position - screwing with your pedaling mechanics is a one-way ticket to more problems.

Are you pedaling pigeon-toed? Are your knees 6" away from the top tube? If so, that could be your problem.
I'd basically agree with this, and don't think the OP should adjust the fore/aft position of the cleat to resolve this issue (assuming its already adjusted where it needs to be.)

However, I think the OP should consider moving the cleat inward on the shoe, thereby moving his foot out. That may well do less to compromise his pedaling mechanics, than holding his foot at an unatural angle to compensate for the heel strike.

If moving the cleat laterally doesn't cause him foot pain, its quicker and cheaper than getting spacers or extenders, and accomplishes the same effect.
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Old 05-13-10, 08:40 AM
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check that you are sitting straight on the saddle. work on your form. many people walk and or pedal a little cockeyed ...
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Old 05-13-10, 08:49 AM
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Using first generation Look Pedals, and Delta Cleats. As I said, this is my first set of clipless. I moved the cleats back, and that seemed to help a little, also put more of my foot over the pedal, which is what I want anyway. I'll do more of a ride once I get my right hand sorted, or else, I'll go for a one handed ride.

I know to make my knees happy first, since cycling is pretty much the only exercise I can do on them. (Knee injury VERY young) I treat my knees as best I can, no doubt! I think the adjustment will actually help them. I defintiely DIDn'T want to point my toes more toward the downtube.

Thanks for the advice everyone. I think I may look into the knee saver things as well once I get a chance to do a more thorough test ride.
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Old 05-13-10, 08:53 AM
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Also.

Obligatory.

Get a bike fit, if you haven't already. Especially with prior knee injuries.
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I had the same problem with Look-style pedals on my Ridley. The chainstays are shaped weird and my heel was clipping every time I went around, but it turned out that a cracked cleat was allowing too much movement on the drive side - replaced cleat, tightened up pedal tension, and the problem was solved.
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