This is part 2 of the The 5 Most Common Bike Fitting Problems. If you would like to view Part 1 first, you can click here.
As a quick recap, the 5 most common bike fitting issues were:
1. Leg alignment issues
2. Saddle too high or too low
3. Poor cleat position
4. Saddle tilted up or down
5. Reach to the handlebars (either too bunched or too stretched out)
I covered the first two problems in the last article, and I’ll address issue #3 this time around – poor cleat position.
Poor Cleat Position – The foot/pedal interface
There is really no way for me to tell whether or not someone has their cleats positioned properly by simply catching a quick glimpse of them out on the road. This is especially true when it comes to the fore/aft position of the cleat. Even when I put a client up on a trainer and can evaluate them up close, I still can’t identify the proper cleat position until I complete a detailed foot and gait analysis. So, why is it that I’ve even included this issue in this Top 5 list?