Pedal & Foot Position
When I was riding through North Shields today, I passed a woman riding an old mountain bike, with mudguards, paniers and a basket on the front. She was going rather slow, but seemed to be really working hard at it.
As I pulled level, I could see why - unlike the lady in the photo above (and I’m sure she IS a lady. Or at least I have no reason to think otherwise), she’d got her feet in the classic ‘wrong’ position - centre of the pedal just behind the arch of the foot. When riding like this, your calf muscles can’t help out, so you’re pushing the bike along on just the efforts of your thighs. Very tiring. I’m never sure of the etiquette in situations like this - point out the error of the other rider’s ways (”Ooooh, you don’t want to do it like that!”), or ride on by?
Anyway. Do you think you might suffer from this foot’n'pedals all wrong problem?
Then help is at hand - Carlton Reid recently made a 60 second film for the Bike to Work Book to show the wright way to pedal a bike. And it even has a genuine movie star riding the bike: