BikeFit announced the launch of its new Foot Fit Calculator app today, which is designed to help cyclists customize the fit of their cycling shoes to their pedals for increased comfort, power transfer and efficiency.
“At BikeFit, we discovered that approximately 90% of the population does not fit properly into a bicycle pedal. Most people have forefeet that are canted or tilted up to the inside or toward the outside. Unfortunately, almost all bike pedals, shoes and cleats take this natural tilt and force it flat. This can lead to poor pedal engagement, foot pain, hot spots (the inner or outer side of the foot feels hot), knee pain, and even back problems. To truly enjoy the bike, cyclists need to customize their foot fit.”
The application walks cyclists through the process of figuring out the ideal pedal-to-foot connection angle, and then recommends a solution to optimize foot fit. All that a cyclist needs, is a friend to help take the pictures and the application will do the rest!
The Pathway to Solution
Through an easy and simple procedure, the app guides a cyclist through measuring foot tilt process.
From there, the app helps guide the cyclist into position, while other person measures his or her feet (with their knees slightly apart and legs hanging over the chair or bench).
Next, the cyclist only needs to have a friend take a quick picture, position the red line as explained in the app’s directions, and then they are provided with the recommended number of Cleat Wedges needed to customize the fit of his or her foot.
Cleat Wedges enable the cycling shoe to connect with the pedal naturally, by acknowledging the foot’s inherent angle. This creates a neutral foot position throughout the pedaling cycle, resulting in greater comfort, efficiency, and power.
You can learn more about the Foot Fit Calculator app, and how to download it here.
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