The Bianchi Volpe Banoffee: 1 – Jo-Roxy: 0
My Bianchi and I are getting along great since I brought it back from America. So far the only problems I have had with it are aesthetic (besides handlebar issues that I will discuss in a later post). But then on my Sunday bike ride a few weeks ago it happened- touring bike toe overlap. My toe cages got caught in my wheel as I turned sharply at low speed around a steep corner leading to an overpass bridge.
At first I was more embarrassed at falling off my bike, but soon realised that my foot was a little sore. Instead of checking if my foot was alright, I obviously instead checked if the Banoffee was alright. Luckily, only my chain had come off and my mudguard needed readjustment. I fixed up my bike and continued to ride the rest of my usual route around theYarra Bend Boulevard. I knew my foot hurt a little, but I thought of Johnny Hoogerland in the Tour De France and kept peddling. It wasn’t until I got home an hour later and took off my shoe that I realised that I had a bad cut on my ankle and was bleeding quite a bit. I put some butterfly clips on it and waited to see the doctor until the next day (which I got into trouble for as he could not do stitches by then).
Touring bike toe overlap
I know that some people are fine with touring bike toe overlap, but mine was particularly pronounced. My frame is 51cm and I have 27 inch wheels. I didn’t want smaller wheels on it as the Husband and I don’t want to have to carry extra sets of bike repair stuff and also I don’t want to go slower! I am short (164.5cm) so I needed a smaller frame, otherwise I start to get lower back and shoulder pain due to bad positioning.
I tried again next week around some corners going up hill and soon realised that it happened very frequently. It would be fine if I wasn’t planning to tour acrossAmerica, but the injury it gave me put me out of commission for a week. That is time I can’t waste on my trip.
Temporary solution to touring bike toe overlap
Subsequently, I decided to take off my toe cages. It seems to have cured most of the problem, as long as I am careful about my foot positioning. However, I now need an alternative to the toe cages, as I have noticed a huge difference in my pedalling power without them.
I do not want clip-in shoes, I would prefer to take only one pair of shoes on my trip with me, they are expensive, and they are largely not to my style. So I am researching other options.
I am very interested in Power Grips, however, there are no stockists in Australia and to get them shipped here is more expensive than the actual product. There are also the Velcro type straps for fixies, however, they really wedge you foot in and look very bulky compared to the power Grips. I will post again once I have come up with a solution.
Here’s a great article on Toe Overlap from Lovely Bicycle, one of our favourite cycling blogs.