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Old 02-25-07, 05:14 PM   #1
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leg extention question

somone suggestedtesting this as a means of knowing the proper extention.

they said to bring one pedal down all the way on the stroke. and if you could kick your heel over the pedal by either barely touching it or going over it, your leg extention was correct.

how do you all feel on this?

I know you should just ride what feels right, but for some reason this seems pretty bomb proof, unless you have some sort of leg problems.
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I do something like this when setting up bikes for novice riders, but I go with more like if you can lock your knee with your heel on the pedal then that's good, what you're talking about might be getting the saddle a little too high. Depends a lot on the shoes too I guess.
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Yes, you definitely want to do this while wearing the actual shoes you will be riding in. Also take into account the cleats and stack height. Basically if you go too high you will get knee pain and will tire more quickly on hard efforts. Too low and you will also get knee pain and inefficiency.
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