Many of us buy cycling clip-on shoes and put the cleats wherever they make the most sense. However, the exact position of the cleats is more important than you might think, because the whole alignment of the body starts at the feet. Can you guess where I start my bike fits? Yup, at the feet!
We all have slightly unequal, asymmetric bodies; be it one leg slightly longer than the other or one foot pointing outwards, knees that are varum (fancy word for bow-legged) or knees that are valgum (knock-knee). But the good news is that we can address these inconsistencies during a bike fit to maximise your riding position. Most importantly, we can make adjustments that will decrease your chances of getting injuries.
By adjusting the cleats we can control whether your foot is pointing outwards or inwards, and assess how far forward your knee is from the pedal axle. We can also check if your knee if it is wobbling during the pedal stroke.
How does this help during a regular ride? It means that you will be more comfortable and therefore pedal faster! You also optimise where the power is going during your pedal stroke, because if your knee is wobbling for example, a lot of that energy is being lost and not getting transferred down to your foot, and if it is not going to the foot it is not going to the pedal either.
Getting a cleat fit is easy and only costs £19. Book yours in today and take that first step towards making the best of your rides and protecting your body from injury.