Been fitted but I get still have some issues. I have a feeling that Im still favoring my right sit bone and therefor my left side is higher and I dont reach the pedal on left as well as the right. Should I shim the right side a little bit, would that drop the left side then? I know, I should go see someone, if I dont figure this out, I will. there is a little bit of pain behind the knee on the back, on the left side. i have my seat a bit lower then my fitter got me on. Please advice, thanks
I've tried consciously pointing both feet straight but the left heel indsnits way out maybe 4 degrees.
Northoceanbeach wrote:.....I'm not sure if it's the pedals or the fact that the pedals have more float and let me......
Never had problems with foot alignment when using clips and straps.....then moved onto first generation of clipless - no float....was decent given the level of shoes at that time. Then after a few years of trying clipless with float I noticed that my left heel wanted to flair outwards.....like the OP. As the years went on it got progressively worse. I also noticed more and more that I was sitting more-so on the right bony protursion of my pelvis (causing saddle sores 90% of the time on the right)....I had a therapist with cycling background check me out once and his determination was that my left leg was very nearly the same length as my right - that my issue must only be just a flexibility/strength imbalance....which I don't think I have to any significant degree. So I tried adjusting the left float cleat to minimize that heel movement and also worked hard to mentally keep things in alignment....finally I went back to fixed cleats - OMG - what a huge improvement - not only with the left foot but also a better "connected" feeling overall with the bike and a perception of putting more power to the pavement. I don't have before and after power meter numbers to quantify the change but the perceived/actual improvement is real for me.
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i had a different problem to yours (turned out it involved some asymmetry i never knew i had), and spent ages experimenting to try to resolve it, but if i'd gone straight to an expert i'd not only have avoided a couple of minor, but slow to recover, knee strains, i'd have saved money and time too - resolving things took a combination of custom footbeds, shim and wedges, plus exercises, i'm sure there's no way i'd have figured it out for myself
I've had an issue running where when I'm tired my left foot tends to approach my center-line. This results in knee torque, which I don't like. It's been suggested this is due to deficiency in hip flexibility, and indeed my pigeon pose could use a lot of work.
I have a similar anomaly when I ride. The heel doesn't shoot out but the knee tends to. Any trauma from poor form reduces the trauma one can provide toward propulsion. Even if there's no damage, it's likely slowing me down.
Worth a try, no point in spending large sums on physio/bike fits when it seems you are the problem, biomechanically speaking.
Hope that helps.
imho if there's pain it needs investigation - outside knee pain can be things like...
stance too wide
too little float
...or something else entirely, the itb can become inflamed, this is to be avoided!
my pedals are speedplay zeros so I can play with the float, but I want to try some wedges first, does any one have a few of those laying around before I purchase them on line? thanks guys for all your imput
I will say that a long long time ago, 10years plus, I had a ankel injury playing soccer that might have something to add to this
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