01 April 2010


Ankling and more ankling


Anonymous said...

Move your seat forward 2 cm. When right foot is forward and crank arm is level with the ground, your knee should be cutting the pedal spindle in half.

Anonymous said...

Maybe a post without a setback would be better too. I bet if you did that you could drop your stem a nudge too.

James said...

Actually the KOP positioning is regarded as a starting point for foot position on the pedal rather than the be all and end all of positioning.

As everyone is different as well as shoe fits its more a case of starting with KOP and then finding that sweet spot.

James said...

The technique shown in the video will use the Tibialis anterior muscles which are located on the outside of your shin bone, you'll know if your doing it right as you will feel the burn very very quickly.

Cycling one leg will help develope this techniques as will using power cranks.

lovensprockets said...

Ok so I thought I would chime in on this discussion. First of all I think all of you know the muscles used in all phases of a pedal stroke, if not they are easy to find. The thing most forget or fail to think about during the stoke is what should be happening on both legs. Simply put, drive, scrape the heel, lift and toe kick a ball over the top, drive and so on. The short comings come in the use of both legs doing this work equally ALL THE TIME! An efficient 360deg. revolution on each side is the hardest thing to do both physically and mentally.
This is where the CompuTrainer excels using the pedal stroke analysis display.
A good reference; Science of Cycling by E.R. Burke (Ed), 1996
and; http://www.fims.org/default.asp?pageID=213202031

andy said...

Don't know much of the science behind it but I first noticed "ankling" in the 2007 tour prologue by Cancellara.


It certainly worked for him. I would love to fly through corners at that speed....