Pigeon toed form sprints

…what the hell is going on there?

Always a drama for me with form sprints. This time I tried them standing. Don’t usually. As soon as I hit max revs standing I was totally pigeon toed. What’s that all about?

Couldn’t this just be a specific of your personal anatomy? I’ve ridden with riders who pedal notably pigeon-toed, where as I tend to pedal heel-in (and scuff my chain stay, even with small feet). If it’s not a problem, probably nothing worth worrying about.

Never noticed it before. In fairness I have never form sprinted indoors standing before. It could be the lack of body English going on. Still it was fairly dramatic. I was practically bow legged with it.

Just wondering as I am having thoughts about the cleat Q factors. I think they may be too wide. I can feel the pressure on the outside of the foot on the left. Like the pedal is bent I moved the cleat outboard a few mm and that sensation went. The right felt fine so I left it as is. As the pigeon toe started on the right I will try moving that one outboard too.

First, is this the “same” for you inside and outside?

Essentially, identify what if any factors are the same or different between this type of effort inside and outside. Review any and all differences specifically. Consider inertia, gearing, typical cadence range and your max, and others.

As the leading rocker plate proponent around, I feel that a rigid trainer is uber-wrong. A rocker plate is not perfect, but it’s less wrong-er enough to be more right :stuck_out_tongue:

Some motion at the bike inside is better than the super odd upper body and hip wiggle we adopt while ripping on a fixed bike. It’s goofy to watch to say the least, and has no bearing on how we actually ride outside.

That’s the main reason I never did indoor form sprints standing before. It is a completely unique motion. Not relevant IRL. Still I think those things give you interesting insights.

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