POSITION OF CLIPLESS CLEATS ON A RECUMBENT
Mat 1, 2006
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I have an EZ Tour Recumbent
and switched my pedals to the Look pedals I had on my road
bike. I did not change the position of the cleats on my
shoes from the balls of my feet.
Should the cleats be in a different
position for a recumbent? I have been experiencing a slight
pain in my right Achilles and have been experiencing some
cramping in my right calf. Thanks in advance for considering
We could all too easily proceed
from a false assumption: that all road bike riders position
their cleats the same way.
It turns out that, while many folks
do position their cleats on the balls of their feet, some
put the cleats in front of the balls, and some behind. No,
not cuz they dont know their extensor from their tarsus;
they claim that they actually get more power, comfort, or
mobility from these positions.
The same holds true for bent
cleat positions. Some riders position their cleats exactly
like they do on their road bikes, while others prefer going
(horrors!) to platform pedalscuz they say they wanna
change foot position during the ride, depending on terrain
and how fast they spin.
Having said all that, I can tell
you what I hear most often from road riders who position
their cleats so the ball of the foot centers over the pedal
axle: For 'bent riding, they move their cleats to the rear.
Some slightly, others well into the instep. So you might
try moving the cleats back a little at a time.