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Old 01-08-03, 11:25 PM
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one leg longer ??

is there an uncomplicated way to measure any difference in leg length .after long rides i seem to develope an ache on the r/side in the small of my back when getting out of bed the next day. my left foot is nearly one shoe size larger than my right ,would this indicate my left leg is slightly longer too ? & would this cause the ache in my back ?
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Old 01-09-03, 05:06 AM
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Sit against the wall on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Have someone measure the difference.

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My left leg is slightly (~1/8") shorter than my right, and left foot is smaller. Plus, my left leg alignment (or whatever) got screwed up a little when I broke it just above my ankle during my mis-spent youth. I cope with it by setting up my bike (KOP, saddle height, etc.) based on the shorter leg. My right (longer) leg is dominant, but I have knee problems with the left if I set up for the right. I also find that it helps to set my left cleat a little further forward than my right, since the smaller foot slips further forward in the shoe. At times I have experimented with shims under my cleats, made from a couple layers of plastic cut from milk jugs but find that I do well enough with just the cleat adjustment.
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Old 01-09-03, 12:02 PM
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My right leg is about 3/8 inch short. I make up the difference by sliding my right cleat all the way forward and my left cleat all the way to the back. Also check your crankset because some cheap ones do not have symetrical q-factor. Asymetrical Q combined with LLD will cause some serious knee and back pain.
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Originally posted by greywolf
is there an uncomplicated way to measure any difference in leg length .after long rides i seem to develope an ache on the r/side in the small of my back when getting out of bed the next day. my left foot is nearly one shoe size larger than my right ,would this indicate my left leg is slightly longer too ? & would this cause the ache in my back ?
I would guess the opposite to be true. My right leg is 1/2" longer, thanks to a major skiing accident years back and my right foot is larger...

My aches develop on my left side lower back down the back of my leg... a few days after exercise. Cause, ligaments pulling on the hip joint of my shorter leg, need stretching out after exercise... For me, advil doesn't help this condition either, just exercising and stretching my hamstrings regularly.
 
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Old 01-09-03, 06:39 PM
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I haven't measured accurately, but my trousers now come back different lengths after being taken up. I sometimes feel like my left cleat is moving around a bit too loosely compared to my right.

The chiroprator found some problem of weakness on my left hip joint - so now I need to continually stretch my left ham string to stop me feeling like I'm lop-sided.
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