Q: Are there any drawbacks in using Mid-Foot adapters?
A: The transition from steady pedaling to full sprint gets slightly slower when moving the cleats back, as the calf muscles are less available for explosive work. This explosive transition is only important for competitive road cycling. Also be very careful when cornering. The adapters bring your toes closer to the front wheel. Always keep the pedals in vertical position when cornering.
Q: Bonjour. I will participate in the Tour de France next year. Should I switch to Mid-foot-cycling?
A: We think you guys in the TdF peloton already do the right thing and have your cleats in the right place for your kind of race. A TdF sprinter-specialist is likely to miss some explosive power if he cannot fully mobilize his calves in a split second. Also the other TdF riders must to be able to follow the dynamics of a peloton: When a gap suddenly forms and has to be closed on an climb, then it requires the calves' full power to be available in an instant.
Q: Aloha. I am off to IronMan Hawaii. Should I switch to Mid-foot-cycling?
A: You should at least give it a try. A triathlete's game is VERY different from Tour de France: 1) Steady, predictable pace for hours. 2) Extreme focus on aerodynamics 3) Run immediately afterwards.
Triathletes already do a lot of costly bike modifications to make their gear optimal for their specific game: Aerobar allowed + a more vertical frame + integrated hydration systems + fast lace shoes + nice wheels + special clothing.
It is in this perspective obvious for all triathletes to take a closer look at their cleats too. This important part of the power transmission has not had so much attention previously. Mid-Foot Cycling offers a brand new cleat-shoe-interface optimized for triathlon.
Q: Must I adjust my seat post after switching to Mid-Foot cycling?
A: Although the stack height increases around 3mm when installing the Mid-Foot adapters, most athletes end up lowering their seatpost. The reason is that a mid-foot position leads to less movement in the foot joint. We suggest you make no changes to cockpit and saddle before your riding style has adjusted to the new ergonomics. After a few training sessions you will likely find it comfortable and efficient to lower your seat post around 5-8mm. We do not yet have any scientific knowledge in this field though, and results are likely to be very individual. 5-8mm is only a small change, but it can't hurt aerodynamics:-)
Q: Will I have to adjust anything on my cockpit, e.g cockpit height?
A: Most likely not.
Q: Should I go see a bike-fitter?
A: When in doubt, then yes. Bike-fitters are magicians and may discover more improvements and adjustments than can be listed here.
Q: Do I have to drill holes in my shoes?
Q: Are the adapters good for mountain-biking?
A: The BOLT2 adapters will work fine with Shimano SPD and Crankbrothers Eggbeater pedals. Do however check the detailed description of the BOLT2 adapters as not all shoe soles are compatible.
Q: What is your return-policy?
A: We offer 100% satisfaction guarantee. You can return the Mid-Foot adapters used or unused within the first three months after purchase, and we offer you a 100% refund.
Q: How long does the shipping take?
A: We send the adapters worldwide and in general experience between 4 and 15 days delivery times.
Q: Do you ship with a tracking number?
A: Yes, all parcels, except for shipments to adresses here in Switzerland, get a tracking number.
Q: Are the adapters patented?