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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-03-2003, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Question Need help with riding position/posture...

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After riding my bike for 15-20 minutes my feet/angle gets all cramped and I have to lift my feett off the pegs to wiggle 'em around. I keep wondering if there's something wrong with my riding position or if there is an adjustment I need to make on pegs... Does anyone have any pictures of a proper riding position?

I've been riding for about three years (about 7,300 miles so far) and I did take the MSF course but they didn't talk much about sportbike riding positions. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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I've been riding for about three years (about 7,300 miles so far)

Thanks.
You know how if you try and new sport or something your body has to get used to using new muscle groups? Motorcycling is the same case. you are using diffrent muscle groups when you are riding than previously used. I would just say ride more.......... 7300 miles in three years is not alot of miles at all.
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You know how if you try and new sport or something your body has to get used to using new muscle groups? Motorcycling is the same case. you are using diffrent muscle groups when you are riding than previously used. I would just say ride more.......... 7300 miles in three years is not alot of miles at all.
Sure, but it's hard to imagine why this would happen after just 15-20 minutes unless he's on a pocket bike or 6' 7" tall! Plus, he's got a pretty good amount of miles under his belt.

Is it possible you are too tense when riding? Usually this manifests itself in the hands and wrists, but is it possible your clenching your lower-body muscles? Also, I hate to ask this because it's so simplistic, but what kind of boots are you wearing? It is possible they don't fit right? Lastly, are you getting a lot of vibration thru your pegs? This can account for fatigue in the feet and legs.

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Foot/peg position

I am going to venture a guess. Are your feet on the pegs in either of these two positions?: 1. Toes on the pegs, heels pointing up. or 2. Heels on the pegs, toes pointing down?

Either of these positions, kept for a prolonged period of time, can lead to ankle soreness. #2 is downright dangerous.

Try placing your feet on the pegs so that the peg is in the middle of your foot and your feet are placed in a level position.
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Compliments to Quick, Bonk & ZX. You have taken words out of my mouth. When I road raced my feet were placed with the ball of the foot on the footrest (peg) for in "skelton" bikes we could not afford ANY wind drag even with the feet. That was back in '48 & later yrs & the way I have riden conventional m/cs to cafe racers to my sportbikes. Like the above I agree that the milage you have put on the bike is quite short for I ride 3 to 6 hrs each time I ride in the riding season & that would be 4 to 6 days of the weeks.
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Hey, thanks for the replies.

I noticed today that I normally ride with the front portion of my foot (the area just aft of the toes) on the pegs. I tried doing as zxrider suggested and placed the center my feet on the pegs which help quite a bit. The only problem is that each foot rests on the gear shifter and brakes.... This morning my left foot actually popped my bike into a lower gear (accidentially) while resting on the gear shifter...

I'm only 5'11" and I wear 11' 1/2" shoes so maybe I need to move my feet back a little?

I also have a big problem with my hands killing me on the grips... I'm constantly moving them around every minute or two so hopefully I'll get used to that soon.

Thanks again for your help!
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I also have a big problem with my hands killing me on the grips... I'm constantly moving them around every minute or two so hopefully I'll get used to that soon.
That is almost certainly caused by being too tense. Imagine holding an egg without breaking it or a wet sponge without wringing the water out of it. That's the type of grip you want. Also, try to keep you arms parallel with your legs and don't ride with your elbows locked. This will help your riding in many ways: your bike will handle better and more smoothly, you can ride much longer without fatigue and you'll keep warmer in cold weather (probably not so much a factor in Long Beach!). For longer rides you might try wearing earplugs - they will also reduce your fatigue.

If you have a desk job, you might want to get one of those grip things you squeeze to strengthen your hands. This will also help.

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Good advice, all. I would also recommend paying attention to your breathing. I had a friend who tensed up within a half hour after starting a ride. I suggested the following:

Take 2 deep breaths every 5 minutes or so. Inhale slowly through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth. Really helps release body tension.

Worked for him immediately. I do the same all the time. Really helps me relax.
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The middle of one foots is usually at the arch & so a hair forward of the heel, but back of the ball of the foot one pivots on. So if you are tapping foot control levers your foot is to far forward. I wear size 11 in a boot & never acciently tap the brake or gear change lever.
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