Understanding toe overlap

What is toe overlap?

Toe overlap is when your foot is all the way forward and the wheel touches your foot when you turn it.

Why does toe overlap occur?

When a frame is designed, it is done so in such a way that ensures it handles well at speed, and so that you're positioned to be able to pedal with maximum efficiency. Sometimes toe overlap will occur as a result of these design decisions, but the design cannot be changed without negatively impacting the performance of the frame. For example, increasing the wheelbase will require a rider to over stretch and affect handling; combating overreach using a very short stem will make handling twitchy and skittish on loose ground. Toe overlap will occur on most frames with a modern geometry, and more so on smaller frame sizes, and those with mudguards and/or toe clips.

Is toe overlap a problem?

It is important to understand that toe overlap is not a problem. Toe overlap does not mean there is an issue with the fit, the design of the frame, or anything else. When riding and cornering at normal speed, the front wheel will not turn far enough for your foot to hit the front wheel. It may become an issue when turning sharply at slow speeds; when making a turn at low speed you should ensure your inside foot is in the twelve o'clock position. Keeping the inside pedal up to prevent it striking the ground and your outside foot provides a counter balance to give you more stability. It’s good practice in any cornering situation to stop pedalling as you turn or lean your bike through a bend. It is important to learn to get your feet into the correct position before entering the corner, which becomes second nature after a small amount of practice.

If you are concerned about toe overlap or need any help with adjusting your riding style, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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