My heels keep hitting cranks

Is this just because of the way my feet are naturally, or do I need to adjust the seat height?
When I am sitting on the wheel, I make sure my feet are pointed straight, but after a little while, the heels (mainly right heel) starts hitting the crank on the downward action of the pedal.
I do this on both the 20 and 24" wheels. I have tried different shoes to see if that would help but it doesn’t.
It sure makes it hard while trying to learn. Hitting the crank and thinking my foot is coming off the pedal does funny things to the mind :wink:
Any ideas/suggestions?

i would just get big pedals, at least for your 24" and bigger, and put your feet more near the edge of the pedals, so even if your feet go naturally outward, they will have enough room at the heels.

I think maybe practice.
I hit my ankles a lot when I first started and so I bought some high top trainers and some ankle guards.
It doesn’t happen any more.


I get that problem as well. My feet (in fact the right one more than the left) seem to naturally end up pointing just slightly heel inwards. I’ve tried to train myself to pedal with heels slightly outwards, but they always work their way back when I’m not thinking about it. I’m thinking about trying some cranks with a bit of Q - the ones I’ve got now are absolutely straight. The boots I wear for muni are quite big and make it more noticeable. Putting your feet nearer the outside of the pedal would of course work, but I feel a bit insecure doing that on rough ground.

Thanks everybody :slight_smile:
Rob, I’m like you. I put my feet out toward the end of the pedal and I feel like I’m going to brake the pedal off. It feels spongy to me.
I will just keep practicing and working on it because if I don’t my son will be calling and giving me a bad time about how far ahead of me he is :wink:


I had the same problem but recently decided to put the arch of my foot in the center of the pedal versus the ball of my foot (the way I ride a b*cycle). Seems to work for me and makes freemounting work out better too for some reason–maybe it is the carefully placed and more secure status of my first foot on.


I have the same problem. Could it be because I have size 13 EEE feet?

I’ve always had the trouble with heels hitting the cranks. It is less with bigger pedals. I assumed it is because I tend to walk with my toes out and my heals in.

With the Coker I had this problem, but when I changed it from 150 to 170mm cranks the problem went away. Even though the new cranks have a higher Q factor. (Q factor being the distance from wheel to the pedal, higher is wider.) Overall I don’t like the higher Q, it’s about an inch wider, but it’s nice not having my heels hitting the cranks. I mention this because I would have expected a lower Q (thinner between) pedals to help not have the heel knocking. It could be the longer cranks.

I think these might help.

Thanks again everybody.
I ride my Trek with the balls of my feet on the pedals (and also use clips). I have been practicing the uni with the arch of my foot on the pedal, but didn’t know if that would be starting a bad habit, but I think right now I would rather be riding with a bad habit (if it is) than not riding.
Thanks UniTyler for that link. Those may solve the problem.

I would agree with you that riding with arches of feet on the pedals is certainly a bad habit (on a bike or uni). It leads to very inefficient pedalling.

I had that problem when I started… Once you get more comfortable, it’ll go away.

Re: My heels keep hitting cranks

In message <>,
oldfatboy <> writes
>Thanks again everybody.
>I ride my Trek with the balls of my feet on the pedals (and also use
>clips). I have been practicing the uni with the arch of my foot on the
>pedal, but didn’t know if that would be starting a bad habit, but I
>think right now I would rather be riding with a bad habit (if it is)
>than not riding.

I ride on my arches due to not knowing any better. It doesn’t seem to be
a problem, I’m comfortable with it. I used to find my feet hitting the
cranks annoying, mainly the right foot (my left foot is dominant), but
it seems to become less of a problem as time goes by. Perhaps it’s just
experience and practice in getting my feet correctly aligned. It may be
that wearing the right shoes would help too - I think that possibly flat
soled shoes without too big a “waist” at the arch might be better than
the chunky-soled walking shoes I use at the moment.

Have been working on freemounting this weekend - managed three
successful mounts yesterday (and about 300 unsuccessful). Better ratio
today - more than one in ten successful! Have gone back to the
“backpedal” method, the “static” mount was just destroying my


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