Cyclists with bunions should be sure their bikes promote proper biomechanics
Riders should have their bikes custom fitted.
Individuals who prefer to get around on two non-motorized wheels may
know by now that even slight factors – relating to road conditions or
maladjustment of bike parts – can make a big difference in how easy they
are able to ride.
An article in the Vancouver Courier reports that efficient cycling begins with the shoes. Cleats that clip to pedals should be adjusted to suit certain foot conditions, like bunions, fallen arches or imbalanced landing mechanics.
The news source reports that if clips are placed wrong, cyclists may experience knee or other lower extremity pain as a result.
ErgoWeb.com confirms that overall bike fit is integral to a smooth, efficient ride. People can have their bicycles customized to their physical specifications, but this is often costly, according to the website. If price rules this out as an option, people can adjust seat and handlebar angles for better performance.
Cyclists may also want to consider using bunion splints or orthotics to correct their bony deformity, which may prevent any biomechanical issues that get in the way of an enjoyable ride.