[CR]pedal x f/wheel overlap

Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2006 19:41:31 -0500 (EST)
From: Emanuel Lowi <lowiemanuel@yahoo.ca>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
In-Reply-To: <MONKEYFOODSnz8kxpyc000042b7@monkeyfood.nt.phred.org>
Subject: [CR]pedal x f/wheel overlap

How common was this on on-topic bikes, especially in the mid- to late 70s when short wheelbases became in vogue?

Is it a problem in real riding conditions?

I have 172.5mm cranks on a bike and already there's noticeable overlap (toe can touch front tire when wheel is turned at a certain angle) and wonder if going to 175mm is asking for trouble.

What did Merckx do, given he rode on 175mm cranks?