Question: My Achilles tendon gets aggravated, apparently by my pedaling style. If I pedal with my heel just slightly lower than normal on the power part of the stroke, it doesn't hurt. Can you suggest how to keep my heel at this "ideal" pain-free level? -- Jim L. Coach Fred Matheny Replies: I suppose you could use a custom ankle brace or a really tight tape job! But … [Read more...] about What’s the Ideal Ankle Angle?
By Coach Fred Matheny I'll never forget the rider approaching me near Boulder, Colorado, some years ago. Roadies are common in that cycling-mad town but this guy stood out, even at a distance, for the smoothness and fluidity of his pedaling motion. He sat rock steady on the saddle and his legs flowed underneath him. I wasn't surprised when he came closer and I recognized Ron … [Read more...] about How to perfect your cycling pedal stroke
Question: I'm a "masher" when I pedal. I push down hard. My riding friends say I need to develop a smoother pedal stroke. Why? -- Bill B. Coach Fred Matheny Replies: The short answer is, "Mashers" waste energy. According to biomechanist Jeff Broker, Ph.D, there's a great deal of oscillation in the pedal stroke. A rider producing an average of 250 watts may have a maximum … [Read more...] about What’s the Value of a Smooth Pedal Stroke?
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Question: I got a pair of clipless pedals for Christmas and I'm having a terrible time learning to use them. When I stop, I still try to pull up to release like I did with toe clips. That doesn't work, and I end up flopped on my side. Any pointers? -- Mary M. Coach Fred Matheny Replies: You'll really like clipless pedals once you learn the "twist out" style of release. It … [Read more...] about How Can I Get Used to Clipless Pedals on a Bicycle?