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Old 12-28-2011, 11:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Afternoon all,

I ride regular (left food forward) and my stance is as follows. Left binding = 27 anticlockwise, right binding is 15 clockwise. Stance width is about 52cm between the centre of each binding. There is no offset so I'm dead centre on the deck.

I just want to know if having a wider angle between the left & right binding makes it easier to damage my knees if I have a bad fall? I'm asking this because it feels easier for my knees to rotate/break in the wrong axis if the binding angle is wider than something a bit more normal like +15/-15.

I've tried a couple of times to slowly reduce my left binding one notch at a time, but my left leg starts to ache after a few runs. And I can't don't really want to reduce the angle on the right angle because it feels really weird riding switch on a low angle.

I'm riding a 2010-2011 Travis Rice 157cm with 2011-2012 Cartels
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Old 12-28-2011, 11:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Afternoon all,

I ride regular (left food forward) and my stance is as follows. Left binding = 27 anticlockwise, right binding is 15 clockwise. Stance width is about 52cm between the centre of each binding. There is no offset so I'm dead centre on the deck.

I just want to know if having a wider angle between the left & right binding makes it easier to damage my knees if I have a bad fall? I'm asking this because it feels easier for my knees to rotate/break in the wrong axis if the binding angle is wider than something a bit more normal like +15/-15.

I've tried a couple of times to slowly reduce my left binding one notch at a time, but my left leg starts to ache after a few runs. And I can't don't really want to reduce the angle on the right angle because it feels really weird riding switch on a low angle.

I'm riding a 2010-2011 Travis Rice 157cm with 2011-2012 Cartels
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Weight = 69kg + kit
Height = 175 cm
Hair colour = black
Lol... I'm basically the same size as you 71 kg, 175 cm, hair color black. I ride +15/-15 21" wide (53.3 cm)

That does sound a little weird. Do you have some type of injury to your knees/hips in the past? That is the usual m.o. for atypical stances, I saw one guy have pigeon-toed stance like (0, +6) at Mt Hood, but he said that's the only angles he could be comfortable with after some MCL/ACL tears and tib/fib breaks (guy could still throw 7's and flips so it seemed to work for him).

I would go to a physical therapist that specializes in sports like ice hockey where hip rotation is important and see if you have some type of muscle imbalance/flexibility issue.

Good luck.

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Old 12-29-2011, 12:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Widen your stance. You're over 5'9" with a stance under 21" Thats kind of narrow.
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Old 12-29-2011, 03:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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@Lonerider - I live in Japan, and I've only recently started looking for a decent sports doctor. My Japanese is rather shite, so it's a bit tricky finding one but I agree and think it's a good idea.

One note is that when I normally stand, my feet are ducked out a bit anyway. Like 10 degrees either way. Maybe it's from all the climbing I used to do...

@John Doe - I'm considering widening my stance one notch just so I can drop the angle on my left foot. I tried this in my living room and it felt kinda ok, so I've just gotta try it out on a slope.

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@Lonerider - I live in Japan, and I've only recently started looking for a decent sports doctor. My Japanese is rather shite, so it's a bit tricky finding one but I agree and think it's a good idea.

One note is that when I normally stand, my feet are ducked out a bit anyway. Like 10 degrees either way. Maybe it's from all the climbing I used to do...
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I would guess you glut max or one of your six deep rotators are too tight (and/or you lateral hamstring and psoas)... but it's impossible for me to diagnose over the interwebz.

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