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Which part of your foot is on the pegs?

  • Ball of the foot

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Just curious as to where people are positioning their feet on the foot pegs...

For myself, I ride with the ball of the foot centered on the pegs.
 

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Balls, just doesn't feel right on the arches, and were not talking Phil Mitchell here :D
 

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balls on pegs, heels close in to guards..
slide soles forward for changing
then back to balls on pegs..

sometimes you might make a couple of
gear changes in succession without
moving back to ready position,
but thats just a variation..

with balls on pegs toes are furthest
away from the road surface..
self evidently best..

with balls on pegs you have full access
to ankle movement for easier control of
pelvis and hips such as sliding across
seat as part of weight distribution..

your knees and thighs will be higher
thus better able to press into the tank
[and seat somewhat] as part of
body steering effects..

the first time i pulled my youngest son over
when riding behind him was for 'pelican feet'..

to make the point i had him then ride behind
while i rode with pelican feet, splayed outward
and downward with front of heels into pegs..

it was thus obvious to him the peril i was placing
my toes and feet thus stability into while cornering..
[pictures worth a thousand words]..

ps - rear braking efficiency is also improved
by sliding ball couple of inches directly onto
brake, instead of lifting it up and around
the brake pedal before then braking..
 

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I'd say closer the balls of my feet... Feel more control over the bike this way.

When I get scared, I'll likely shift to the arch... :laugh:
 

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while front of foot rather than heel end
is better 'ready position' and for better
control etc, it is still good to move joints
and contact points [feet, knees, pelvic floor
or 'butt', hands etc] as part of riding..

for a few seconds you might see me or
others standing up on the pegs..
just an eg of a positioning variation..
nothing is set in stone..
 

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Arch. Like a stirrup. The super cub I learned on had a heel-toe shifter, and the brake leaver was long enough that the toe would reach when the arch was on the peg.

The consensus is balls, but really, do what's comfortable. The feet move around a lot when riding.

One thing I don't understand about the balls style is the emergency maneuvering, if you're riding arch, your toe is already hovering over the brake, and the arch of your toe is ready to make a shift. With the ball method, there's the additional movement required to get your feet in position.
 

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During full on emergency braking your rear wheel should be almost in the air,so not an issue.
As for down shifting a split second is no problem as long as you are riding in the correct gear before braking.
 
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