Common Misconceptions about Bike Fit (2)

We already have a preliminary understanding of BIKE FIT based on the previous articles(Common Misconceptions about Bike Fit (1)). 

In this article, let’s continue to explore more information which we may ignored about BIKE FIT.

1. Should the feet be facing straight forward when setting the cleats?

Adjustment of the horizontal position of the cleats

Whether the feet are vertically facing forward or not should be set according to each person’s walking gaits. This is only suitable for people who walk normally. The setting of the cleats should match your walking gait. If you walk with a splayed figure, the cleats should also be set with a splayed figure. In contrast, if you walk pigeon-toed, the cleats should also be set pigeon-toed. If the cleats are not set according to your walking gait, it will cause pain in your feet. In severe cases, it may lead to disease.

For more information, you can refer to the previous article(How to lock ride shoes for road bikes? ). 

2. Is your body moving around indicating a lack of core strength?

Alberto Contador

The interaction between rider and bike is individual, which may be a problem for some riders, but for other riders, it’s just a way of optimizing their interaction with the bike. Alberto Contador – a rider who moves around on the bike, often leaving the saddle on climbs and moving back and forth during time trials. The general understanding that ‘core strength cures all diseases’ is not true. For example, the stunt rider Danny McCaskill, no one dares to say that he lacks core strength and stability control. The reason why he had back pain was that he had been practising jumping and landing all the time, and it had nothing to do with weak core strength.

3. Will a cadence of 100rpm and above be more efficient?
Because the rider Lance Armstrong strongly promoted this idea, it was generally believed that riding a road bike at a cadence above 100 rpm was the most effective way, but it does not apply to everyone. This viewpoint ignores the complex factors that affect cadence. For example, cadence is affected by crank length and gear ratio. For details, please refer to our previous articles (How much do you know about pedal frequency?). Generally, professional riders can easily maintain a cadence of 100 rpm, and ordinary riders can generally maintain a cadence between 60 rpm and 90 rpm.


4. Can the floating amount of the cleats prevent knee pain? 

Floating amount is the rotational movement allowed by the cleat and shoe on the pedal. First of all, let’s make it clear that there are many causes of knee pain, not just the interaction between the cleats and the pedal. Secondly, the floating amount may cause some problems for some people, such as pain in the back of the knee due to excessive movement of the hamstring tendon to control the shoe. The floating amount should be adjusted based on individual biological characteristics.
Regarding the topic of riding posture, everyone is welcome to leave a message for discussion.
Thanks for watching. 

Don’t hesitate to leave a message regarding the riding posture if you have anything to share. We are looking forward to your idea and story.




References :

[1] Phil Burt & Guang Huai Zhang. B IKE FIT [M]. Beijing: People’s Posts and Telecommunications Press, 2 015.7

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