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Old June 10th 04, 12:53 AM
Cat Dailey
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Default Cleat Spacing UPDATE

Hi all...just wanted to give you an update after our interesting posts about
how far apart feet should be spaced. After receiving lots of replies
telling me that my seat was too low, I had the brilliant idea of emailing
Lennard Zinn at Velonews. His reply to me was that most women should have
their cleats set so that their feet are as close to the crankarms as
possible without rubbing. He didn't give me the why, as it is evidently a
subject he is convering in his upcoming book.

SO....I moved my feet inboard a bit. I actually moved the cleats out about
4mm or so (which as you know has a big impact on foot position.) Lo and
behold, NO KNEE PAIN and I rode another century today just to make sure ;
And as an added benefit, my feet felt better, too (and that's at about 93
degrees today).

The funny thing is, I had already moved my feet in closer early in the
season and ended up moving them back out a bit again. I think it was just
too early in the year and I wasn't feeling "one" with my bicycle as I am
now. I think the farther out position had me rolling my feet outside a bit
on the downstroke. I had a lot more power at the bottom of the stroke

I think I have about another 3mm to spare yet. Now the question is, do I
move them even further together? (I think Lennard would say yes). Perhaps
I will wait a week or so before I experiment again.



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