- Foot position on flats, mid foot VS ball of foot?
Whichever you like tbh. There’s a fairly good article on Leelikesbikes about this- it’s pretty biased towards ball-of-foot but that works pretty well since most articles seem biased towards arch.
I reckon arch works better all round, with ball being better for pedally stuff, but I end up on the ball most of the time just because it feels more comfortable and natural to me- outweighs any performance difference I can detectPosted 4 years agocruzcampoMember
I ask as i’ve just shifted to Shimano AM41’s, and unlike my old Nike running trainers i’ve used for years, (never paid attention to foot position they just landed and moved about a lot) the shimano’s stick like glue.
So much so once i’ve positioned my feet in a certain way they don’t move again, without making an effort to reposition and picking them off! I’ve been getting some mild knee pain over the last 5-6 rides. 🙁Posted 4 years agocruzcampoMember
Can’t seem to find a definitive answer to this online, many sites say just because SPDS use the ball of foot position, that’s not necessarily best for flats
“From a functional movement point of view, trying to place the ball of your foot directly on top of the pedal axle is not the best position for your foot to be whether you are on flats or clipless pedals. Driving through the ball of the foot is what you want to do when you are propelling your center of gravity forward – like when running or jumping – but this is not what is happening when we pedal out bikes. When pedaling you are driving the pedals away from you, much like when you squat or deadlift, and that type of leg drive is much better delivered from a more mid-foot position. This more mid-foot position also allows improved recruitment of the hips during the pedal stroke, especially when standing.”
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Shoe-Pedal … -2012.html
What do you ride normally? and how do you position your feet on flats?Posted 4 years agoMarkieMember
So much so once i’ve positioned my feet in a certain way they don’t move again, without making an effort to reposition and picking them off! I’ve been getting some mild knee pain over the last 5-6 rides.
Don’t know those pedals, but if they have removable pins try taking a couple out – have to run my Burgtec’s a few pins short to feel mobile to the degree I want…Posted 4 years agoandy7t2Member
I’ve been getting some mild knee pain over the last 5-6 rides
sound more like the angle of your foot on the pedal rather than the position. just put you foot on the pedal rather than thinking too much about it you’ll find your natural position rather than trying to force a position you think is more efficientPosted 4 years agoOnzadogSubscriber
Road spd, ball on the foot over the axle. Mtb spd, ball about 1cm in front of the axle. Flat, mid foot over the axle.
Is this right? For me, yes. Can’t say anymore than that other than I find mid foot works better for me in the air with flats.
Experiment and see what you like.Posted 4 years agobrantSubscriber
RE: Removing pins
If it works for you then fine but since pressure over area equals grip. I would expect that less pins equals more grip. I used to file every other tooth off caged pedals for exactly that reason.
Doesn’t apply with elastomeric materials where more contact makes more grip.Posted 4 years ago
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