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    New bike problem

    Went for my first ride on my new bike. At the top of a small turn I have to make a sharp turn. The tire hits my shoe. This happened three times. Is this the way bikes are made now? Or is this a faulty bike. Seems very dangerous to me. But I know nothing about bikes

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    You must got some long a$s feet........nah im kidding and i dont have an answer for ya question its just funny im picturing it in my head sorry bro

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    Your bike may be too small for you or you are placing your feet too far to the middle of the pedals. The sweet spot should be about the ball of your feet. In general you should not get toe overlap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reice05 View Post
    You must got some long a$s feet........nah im kidding and i dont have an answer for ya question its just funny im picturing it in my head sorry bro
    I thought someone would say that & I still laughed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885 View Post
    your bike may be too small for you or you are placing your feet too far to the middle of the pedals. The sweet spot should be about the ball of your feet. In general you should not get toe overlap.
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    Perhaps you have got too large feet, and need smaller cranks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885 View Post
    Your bike may be too small for you or you are placing your feet too far to the middle of the pedals. The sweet spot should be about the ball of your feet. In general you should not get toe overlap.
    That doesn't sound right.

    I measured the distance from the pedal to the tire on a turn. One inch, one inch is not much. That is not counting your shoe being over the pedal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troutman View Post
    That doesn't sound right.

    I measured the distance from the pedal to the tire on a turn. One inch, one inch is not much. That is not counting your shoe being over the pedal.

    Ok now one inch that does not sound right. Do you mind sharing the size of your bike, tires, length of the crankset and the kind of pedal you use as well as your height?

    This the pic of my wife 13" Soulcraft with 26" tires, there's nowhere near 1",


    This is my BLTC it's not even close.



    Somethings wrong with your situation. Is the fork install backward? Don't laugh I've seen quite a few is not even funny.

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    Mimi1885 I will get the info after work tomorrow and post it. Thanks

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    Just saying, you've got a lot of bikes that look sooper cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troutman View Post
    Mimi1885 I will get the info after work tomorrow and post it. Thanks
    Troutman, I'll be interested to see the specs on your bike. This isn't a common problem with 26" bikes, but is not that uncommon with smaller framed or poorly designed 29ers. In some cases shorter cranks MIGHT help, but in your case it's hard to say. The spread of commonly available crank sizes only runs from 165 to 180mm, a difference of only 15mm or .6". Anyway, make, model, tire size, etc. would be helpful. A pic of the bike would be even better.

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    Biking in clown shoes has always been regarded as a no-no.

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    I figured out what was wrong. Very embarrassed to say, I had the fork on backwards.

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    yep that'll do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troutman View Post
    I figured out what was wrong. Very embarrassed to say, I had the fork on backwards.
    Like I said it's common enough

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    OK, so you aren't the first person on this forum to have the issue. You're not going to be the last... The question is, who assembled your bike? You or a dealer?
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