Why do we need to clip our feet into the bike pedal?

The most efficient way to cycle is to use the full stroke of the pedal: all the way down, around the bottom and up. If you do not have your feet clipped into the petals you are not able to pull up – if you only push down there is a huge load going onto the knee joint and potentially the lower back if the core is not supporting the load as one pushes. When one pushes the movement of the legs and load on the body is not even, but more jolty which encourages a sway in the body to help with the pushdown.

even pressure on the pedals gives a smooth stroke which is better on the body

This tends to lead to an unstable seat position – a rocking of the pelvis and bending of the lower back as the load increases when one is challenged with hills or increased speed

 Often it’s a good idea to focus on purely the pulling up portion of the stroke which will generally mean that the rider is completing the full circle – one ever needs to talk about pushing down because this is how we learnt to ride a bike so it’s never really forgotten

Why do we need to get our shoes fitted properly to our bicycle?

When we run or walk our foot has a choice how it wants to hit the floor when we cycle our feet are connected to the pedal and so they no longer have a choice – if we are twisting on the seat of the bike or simply throwing the bike around as we ride there becomes no tolerance at the knee if the feet are rigid. The knee then pays the price as there is no where for the excess movement to go. If the shoe clips are not set straight to the way a leg moves then the ankle will be held in an unatural position which will also casue pain in teh knee. Best is to visit a decent bike shop which is set up to do these bike and shoe fits.

We can help to set your bike up at a base level but for a proper fit – I can strongly recommend Gary at GA Cycles in Southampton – Click here to find out more