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        06-16-2009, 10:28 PM

    Recently, with the attempt to get my lower leg BEHIND the girth, I've noticed something. Okay, I've always noticed it, but now it's bugging me.

    My toes stick out a bit. And, despite how hard I try, I just can't get them totally pointed forward or anything like I see a lot of people doing. It seriously actually hurts.

    So I was wondering if anyone had an ideas to help me out on this?

    Not the best picture, and I've gotten a lot better since then, but...
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        06-16-2009, 10:46 PM
    You don't need your toes to be pointed exactly forward, it's terribly hard to do (tends to hurt). I've never seen a rider with their toes pointed totally forward for an entire ride. Your toes look just fine in that picture.
        06-17-2009, 10:12 PM
    Looks fine to me. As long as they aren't pointing straight out, you're fine. It would hurt most people to keep them completely pointed forward. =]
        06-20-2009, 01:49 AM
    It's a biomechanical thing, basically until your leg gets stronger and becomes properly positioned your feet are going to do weird, weird things.
    Once your leg is right, your toes will point forward naturally.

    ETA: Just as personal experience, if it hurts that tends to mean you're doing it properly. Accept the pain as a side effect of progress :P
        06-20-2009, 01:57 AM
    It's more that you need to use the inside of your calf then you need for your toes to point forward. Even when I use the correct part of my leg, my oes naturally stick out a bit Yours look fine
        06-21-2009, 08:53 PM
    Green Broke
    I have always struggled with getting my toes to point forward. With my bad leg it's simply not going to happen, and I don't think anybody can point their toes for an entire test.
        06-21-2009, 09:45 PM
    I hate how my leg looks from the front when I ride.. I have the tightest leg but for some reason it looks odd from the front.

    Whoops, totally didn't braid.. Ha. BUT I am also pigeon toed and everyone makes fun of how I walk so that might have something to do with it.
        06-22-2009, 11:18 AM
    Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
    , if it hurts that tends to mean you're doing it properly. Accept the pain as a side effect of progress :P
    I must have made a lot of progress yesterday!
    (Haha, It's just from not being able to ride in about a month)
        06-28-2009, 11:31 AM
    Thanks for all the advice!

    I'm hoping that I can keep my lower leg back because when I do I tend to keep my toes forward more...But first I need to figure out how to post without my legs going everywhere. Haha.
        06-28-2009, 11:33 AM
    Originally Posted by Goosen    
    I need to figure out how to post without my legs going everywhere. Haha.
    Work up your leg muscles

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