Well spoken.I have never looked at it from that point of view. The cleat would be positioned to have the widest part of the foot over the axle. The toe clip needs to be big enough to not cramp the shoe or too big that there is excessive space. The toe strap is not adjustable fore/aft so it hits your shoe where it hits dependent on the cleat placement and size of the toe clip.
Where it's comfortable for you, not causing pain or numbness. That varies with the shape of your foot, and the configuration of your shoes. And as Peter noted, the only way to vary it (assuming good foot placement on the pedal) is with the size of the clip. They don't come in a great range of sizes, so there's not a lot to play with.Fit correctly. Where should the strap cross the foot?
The strap should be crossing the top of the shoe about 2/3rds up from the toe box. The clip places the strap right above the slot on the pedal cage where it threads in, providing the tightest fit. The strap tightens straight down over the cleat, not at an angle. Those feet don't go nowhere. Japanese Keirin racers still use 'em.Fit correctly. Where should the strap cross the foot?
Which leads me to ask: Mackgoo, are the tops of your feet being hurt by the toe straps?this is one question I've never seen before.
That's a problem, crushing the shoe laces under the strap. I'v successfully tied the shoelaces slightly off center, so they fit just outside the strap.The reason I ask is I just built up an older bike and for now I'm using the cages that came with the pedals. The strap crosses where the bow is of the tied laces. Personally this doesn't seem right but, I don't know, this is why I ask. Everything fit correctly where would you expect the strap to cross the foot.