Online Education

The Foot/Pedal Interface

Course Description

Paul Swift, owner of BikeFit Systems, and Katrina Vogel provide clinicians and healthcare professionals the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills regarding bike-fitting with specific emphasis on the importance of the Foot-Pedal Interface. The course will cover the assessment of normal and pathological cycling mechanics, including functional differential diagnosis.

Cost: CAD$170.00

For more information on this online course, please fill out the form to the right.

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Online Education Instructor: Katrina Vogel

Katrina Vogel, MS DPT

  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, University of Southern California
  • Masters of Science in Biomechanics/Human Movement & Performance
  • Elite Cat 2 Track Cyclist
  • Teaches clinically-based bike fitting classes to physical therapists/clinicians throughout the country
Online Education Instructor: Paul Swift

Paul Swift

  • 8x Elite National Champion cyclist
  • Gold Medalist 1998 Goodwill Games
  • Developed The Bicycle Fitting System
  • Instructor of cycling biomechanics world-wide


Course Chapters & Learning Objectives

The Foot/Pedal Interface: Course 1

1. Foot Pedal Interface

The goal of the “BikeFit: The Foot-Pedal Interface” is to develop the process of clinical assessment and adjustment of the cleat as it relates to lower extremity biomechanics of cycling. Humans are asymmetrical creatures. Yet bikes & pedal systems are designed symmetrically which inherently creates biomechanical challenges for the lower extremities. This course tackles the most crucial, and often misunderstood, connection point on the bike: the foot/pedal interface.

The Foot/Pedal Interface: Course 2

2. Fore-Aft

This section looks at the lateral view of the cyclist’s foot. The clinician will begin to understand where the foot should be positioned over the pedal in the fore-aft position, how this is assessed and, most importantly, how to make the proper cleat fore-aft adjustment. Considerations to accommodate cleat adjustments beyond typical shoe/cleat range will also be discussed.

The Foot/Pedal Interface: Course 3

3. Medial-Lateral

In this section, the clinician will assess the front view of the cyclist. They will understand the relationship between the position/motion of the knee related to the foot. They will identify and go through the appropriate cleat adaptation to bring the foot under the knee including options for lateral positioning beyond the typical capabilities of cleat adjustment on the shoe.

The Foot/Pedal Interface: Course 4

4. Wedging

In this section, the clinician will identify and see accommodations for the cyclist’s individual architecture including forefoot/rear foot varus and additional causes for valgus forces moving through the lower extremities. They will begin to understand the types of wedges used to adjust the cleat and/or foot into the proper angle to improve pedaling mechanics.

The Foot/Pedal Interface: Course 5

5. Rotation

In this section, the clinician will gain a greater understanding of rotation and float for common pedal systems. The clinician will assess the amount of rotation the cyclist has while clipped into the bike pedal and learn to assess the necessary adjustments to allow for appropriate float in order to avoid frictional torsion between the tibia and fibula.

The Foot/Pedal Interface: Course 6

6. Leg Length

In this section, the clinician will discuss the difference between a structural and functional leg length difference. They will observe what a cyclist with a leg length difference may present. Discussion regarding types of shimming and techniques used to compensation for a leg length discrepancy will be explained.

The Foot/Pedal Interface: Course 7

7. Conclusion

Paul and Kit provide a brief conclusion of the Bike Fitting course.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to watch the courses at a particular time?
No, you do not need to be online at a particular time to watch your MedBridge course. When you purchase a course, it will be available in your account for 1 year. You may login to the website at any time to take the course.

Why choose BikeFit courses?
BikeFit is dedicated to providing the highest-quality online courses for physical therapy professionals. BikeFit offers a convenient way to earn your CEUs. Save time and money by taking courses online, without sacrificing quality.

Do I have to take the course in one sitting?
No, you may take the course at your own pace. Our modular format allows you to easily watch a 30 minute video and complete a module, so you can easily watch a module when you have a spare minute, such as on your lunch break. When you pause your course, our system will save where you left off. You may continue the course from that point the next time you login.

What is a chapter?
The BikeFit course is separated into chapters to make for an optimized online learning experience. Each chapter consists of a video and a learning assessment. The video in each chapter is approximately 30 minutes, but varies by chapter and course. You may pause the video in the middle of a chapter at any time, and will be taken to that point in the video when you return. At the end of each chapter, you will be prompted to take a quiz on the content which has just been presented.

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