Right foot rest on brake?

by Sarah
(Chesterfield VA)

I am not sure what to do with my right foot! I rest my arch on the foot rest and I'm not sure if I can rest my toes on the brake pedal or if it will start braking. I end up flexing my toes my whole ride to avoid resting my foot on the brake and end up with an aching shin. What is the right way to rest my right foot when I'm not braking?

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Oct 20, 2013
re: right foot on rest brake?
by: Anonymous

I'm not sure if you can do this on all bikes but when I got my bike I wasn't comfortable with the back brake because I felt I had to really reach for it & really flex the top of my foot to apply brakes so my husband made some adjustments on it where he brought the brake in closer and another where I didn't have to push down on the brake as far and now it feels perfect.

Aug 05, 2013
No flashing ;-)
by: Karen

If you rest your foot on the brake, even if you're not engaging the calipers, you may be flashing your brake light to the car behind you. Mixed communication.

It's ok to move around some so you don't get shin splints. Near the balls of my feet usually works best for me (sport bike and dual sport bike). Sometimes I rest the arch of my foot, but move outward a little so my toes are next to the brake. On long distances, even a centimeter of movement can give you some relief!

Hadn't tried the passenger pegs -- will have to do that. I tried using the engine guard as highway rest and it was more like moto-yoga. Not so good. :-D

Aug 04, 2013
foot position
by: lois

When riding I have the balls of my feet on the pegs this way I can slide my foot forward and shift or brake, same as when you ride a bicycle.

Aug 04, 2013
foot rest
by: Lynn

Depends on the model of your bike. On my cruiser I will put my foot back and lay the top of my foot on the passenger peg. This also stretches out the front of your thigh. On the sport bike I just hang my leg every now and again to change positions.

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