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When you pedal?

Old 06-26-10, 09:21 AM
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When you pedal?

How close are your knees to the top tube?
Ive been for a number of fits and ive spent ages sorting out a knee problem that I have. Now I think I'm all good but ive just seen a fit video on utube with Andy Pruitt saying that the centre of your knee joint should ideally fall over your second toe when pedalling for proper alignment. He also says that in his book.

I'm using varus wedges but no matter how much i wedge I will never get my knee over my second toe, if i wedge more i feel over wedged... Shorter padal spindles cause serious pain and I think im comfortable with my knee aligned just outside my big toe.

In other words my knees nearly hit the top tube but with my adjustments they clear with a few mm spare and all feels good but im worried that in the long term this could cause problems. Bike fitters are good with setting up the bike but have been unable to offer any advice on that particular quastion.

So how many people ride like this? Do your knees fall over your second toe or are they close to the top tube like mine? Ever had any problems?
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Old 06-26-10, 10:00 AM
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Everbody and every body is different. Fit generalizations are just that. Ride a bike that fits you, not one that would fit you if we were all built the same.
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Old 06-26-10, 10:03 AM
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I feel like I'm most efficient and better using my hamstrings when I can sometimes feel my leg hair just brushing against the top tube. Bear in mind I have very hairy legs though
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I don't really pay attention to my knees when riding.

Their knees look pretty close though:

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Originally Posted by midgetmaestro View Post
I don't really pay attention to my knees when riding.

Their knees look pretty close though
Gratuitous sexist pig comment: "What knees?"

My knees are an inch or two away from the top tube when I pedal. Occassionally, I'll conciously make it so they come up closer to the TT and don't really notice any difference in anything other than they are closer to the TT. To each their own. When I rode the Hotter-n-hell several years ago, I saw all sorts of foot/knee combinations...including one woman who had a left foot was almost at a right angle to her pedal..her heel was way out to the left which let to an overall strange pedal stroke...but it worked for her...and this was about mile 75.
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