YES, we make running orthotics!!

We are well known for hand crafting cycling orthotic solutions for all athletes from Pros to weekend warriors. Our off site Northern Suburbs Orthotic Lab allows us the freedom to create all types of unique solutions for cyclists and yes, also for runners as well.

Our access to the Carbon Lab at our facility means we can create light weight dynamic ‘Pure Carbon Fibre’ running orthotics for intermediate / advanced runners and also a mixed Carbon / EVA version for beginner / intermediate runners who may be a little heavier.

The main benefits of using Carbon Fibre as the core material of a running orthotic are

  • light weight

  • excellent stiffness and memory

  • very low volume

  • snappy dynamic return to shape properties

  • improved foot feel

There Is a good reason why Nike are using Carbon plates in the midsoles of their latest trainers.

The only trade offs for Carbon over Plastic is the materials are more expensive (that’s our problem, not yours) and that the life span of a carbon device is closer to 12 months. Whilst this isn’t as long as a standard plastic polypropylene version, it does provide far better foot feel over the life of its use and with our standard No Gap policy on 2nd sets, you won’t be out of pocket when you replace them anyway in most cases.

If you’re looking for a more dynamic lightweight solution for your running issues, make a time to discuss your needs and issues with us at The Pedaler and let us work with you to create a unique cutting edge solution.

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Post-Noosa Tri Remedial Massage Recovery Special!

Though it is the highlight of Queensland’s annual Multi-sport calendar, the Noosa Triathlon Festival is always a gruelling affair, and this year was no different! If you’re suffering from those post-event tensions and cramps, We have a deal that will get you back into the swing of things.

The special: 1 hour Remedial Massage / Myotherapy session - $75!

This offer is only valid until November 9th, So get in quick to book a spot! To claim your discounted session enter the code NOOSA into the booking notes section when you book HERE. (discount only applies to 1hr sessions)

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The Pedaler and North West Physiotherapy Team Up!!

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After 6 months of discussion and behind the scenes work, we are very pleased to announce that The Pedaler and Cobra9 Orthotic Labs will be teaming up with North West Physiotherapy to provide Sports Podiatry, Orthotic Services and Bike Fit assistance from their Everton Park location.

We are stoked to be working with the well established and professional team on the Northside who are renowned for their quality holistic physiotherapy and with whom we have shared patients with in the past. It also provides easy access for our Northside clients helping them to schedule appointments around their work and school life more conveniently.

Our mission at The Pedaler has been to provide high level Cycling and Sports Podiatry services without compromise. This attitude fits perfectly with North West Physiotherapy who were looking to expand their health services with the certainty that comes from years of industry experience, and the benefits of a one stop shop for orthotic fabrication. Ron and Roger from NW Physiotherapy and Nathan from The Pedaler hope that with the successful collaboration between the two businesses we will see expansion in the near future to both the Keperra and Eatons Hill locations as well.

As of November, you will be able to access high level Sports and Cycling Podiatry, Running/Walking/Cycling Orthotic services and basic bike fit from the Everton Park location. All high end bike fit clients will still be directed to The Pedaler HQ at Milton to enable access to our bike fit technology.

We look forward to caring for a greater portion of the Brisbane community and we are thrilled to be working alongside such a quality team. Call (07) 3353 4111 or book online from next week.

Nathan

DON'T MISS OUT. Free Orthotics*

It's that time of the year again! 

For most health insurers, December 31st marks the point where your benefits reset. It means, if you want a 2nd set of orthotics to use in your cycling or walking shoes, now is the time to use your benefits prior to the reset period.

All our valued clients at The Pedaler are entitled to 2nd set of orthotics with no 'out of pocket' costs with the use of their Private Health Fund*. 

Make sure you book a time, or give us a call to avoid missing the December 31st deadline as we get quite busy in December.

We are fortunate to be one of the few remaining Podiatry Practices that still has its own lab. This allows us to create unique solutions for all shoe and foot issues.

If you’ve been putting off seeing a Podiatrist to organise orthotics to alleviate pain, improve comfort or prevent potential problems, then get in now and we can prescribe your custom set of orthotics now, then issue you with a 2nd set in the new year at NO GAP.

The benefits of being a Pedaler Patient.

(*must have had previous orthotics from The Pedaler for a No Gap set - please check your health fund for details)

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What makes a comfortable cycling shoe?

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We are frequently asked the question; ‘'what are the best cycling shoes?’’ and to be honest, there is no blanket answer for this one. There are certainly shoes that are made with better materials and have design features that set them apart from their peers, but when it comes down to it, you need to make sure you get the right shoe for your foot.

There are a few key points to ensure you are on the right track when it comes to finding a good shoe fit.

  • The length of the shoe should ideally run just past your longest toe (not necessarily your big toe). On occasion there might be just a slight touch at this point when sitting but it should diminish when on the bike (we often trial shoes with patients on the bike to double check). Avoid getting shoes where the gap at the end of the shoe is more then one centimetre as it makes the shoes widest point DIFFERENT to the widest part of your foot. It’s a common mistake as riders go longer for width. As the shoe gets longer, the widest part of the shoe also moves forward. It also then becomes very difficult to get the cleats far enough back for an appropriate fit.

  • The width of the shoe should cradle the foot without FIRM compression. It’s totally acceptable for the walls of the shoe to push on the foot, but not to compress and create issues. The insole of the shoe will normally be narrower then your foot - that’s ok because the upper will balloon a little around your foot. As a rule of thumb, if the insole is wider than your foot, then your shoe is too wide. There are exceptions here for feet with specific problems, but as a rule of thumb, an insole that is a little narrower then the foot is fine.

  • Toe Box Shape is crucial for reducing the potential for toe issues and numbness. Make sure your foot type and toe shape suits the upper shape of the shoe. They are all different, so don’t cram your foot into the wrong shoe. Also, toe box volume or ‘depth’ differs across shoe ranges. If you have a big forefoot or big toes, get a deeper toe box. Some shoes are very narrow here and this can create huge issues.

  • Heel Cup width and fit is also very important. Each shoe brand has different heel cup shapes that can hug the heel well, or cause irritation and numbing. The back of your heel is very boney and often has lots of lumps and bumps. If this is the case, look for a softer heel cup. Many shoes now have adjustable heel cups or mouldable heel cups as well. These certainly do help improve the fit. As a rule, if you have lumpy heels, don’t look for a lightweight shoe with no heel padding.

  • Closure Systems vary across all shoes. In general, the more the merrier. More straps or boa dials may slightly weigh down the shoe somewhat, but it certainly improves the specificity of the fit. Laces, whilst being difficult to adjust whilst riding also provide a very secure and comfortable closure system. Ideally, if you have issues with your forefoot, it is normally a good idea to have a closure system located in this area to allow for micro adjustments.

  • Stiffness becomes important as your ability starts to improve. Just like your bike, the difference in shoe stiffness becomes realised as you demand more from your riding. The stiffer sole creates a more effective lever arm for pedalling and makes for a better riding experience in general. Keep in mind however, correct fit becomes more important in high performance shoes due to their high levels of rigidity.

  • If you have problems, pain or numbness in your shoes, seek help from a qualified podiatrist or chat to you bike fitter. If you aren’t sure who to see, then check on the partners page of cobra9.com.au/partners for those who have more experience dealing with cyclists and cycling shoes. There is also a useful brand by brand advice sheet regarding which shoes suit certain feet.

    Nathan White

    Podiatrist

Please Note: Due to the wide variety of fit options available across the brands we supply, we do not hold a large amount of stock instore. Shoe fittings are available by appointment only.

Introducing: the Ridley Noah Fast

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The Noah range incorporates years of experience in developing aerodynamic standards in the cycling industry. Synergies between experienced in-house R&D engineers and top sprinters in the pro peloton have led to industry-leading breakthroughs. Proven by world-class performances like Robbie McEwen’s Green Jersey win and André Greipel’s victories on the famous Champs-Elysées. The Noah has become a synonym to aerodynamic performances, and the Fast is certainly no exception.

The Noah Fast Disc is Ridley’s top-level aero model, and was built from scratch with every feature rebuilt. This powerhouse is unrivalled when it comes to cutting through wind thanks to component integrations of the fork, handlebar, seat post clamp, thru axles and cables, next to F-Surface Plus, F-Wings and spacer profile updates. On this bike every rider is able to find his perfect position accurate to 1mm as result of our whole bike approach, where every part needs to fit together perfectly.

Thanks to adaptations in the fork, seat post and handlebar the bike's total weight is about 250 grams lighter than its predecessor. Subsequently the rim version is able to stay below 7 kg on the scale, without the need of exotic lightweight components. Light as a feather, when speaking aero.


The disc model adds about 500g because of the heavier groupset, brakes & wheels. The stiffness of the bottom bracket & head tube is further increased to its predecessor. You’ll keep feeling the power you’ll put on those pedals. At the same time, the lowered seat stays also create vertical compliance to enhance comfort.

Equipped with disc brakes, it is ready to conquer everything in its path no matter the weather conditions or terrain. Compatible with both mechanical and electronic shifting. 

The Ridley Noah Fast is now available for pre-order, for a late September release.

Why do I get pain in my arch when I ride?

Contrary to popular belief, arch pain does exist within cycling.  The long held view that arch pain/strain only occurs with running or ambulatory activities is incorrect.  Why?

As we know, cycling is an incredibly repetitious sport.  With repetition, there is huge potential for a small issue to become a large one over a period of time.  Generally, the work performed by your foot can handle the rigours of cycling but in some cases, certain foot types can generate arch pain.  The location is typically on the outside of the foot as opposed to the inside with runners.

There a multiple reasons for outside (lateral) arch pain.  The most common relates to the shape of the foot and the incongruent shape of your stiff carbon cycling shoe.  In many people, the outside of the foot is quite flat (I hate the term lateral arch) and the cycling shoe in this region certainly isn't.  Different cycling shoes vary in their 'drop' and if your foot can't bend around this carbon shape, then pain will emerge over time.  Different shoes have differing levels of sole curve which can accentuate this issue.  

Another reason for lateral arch strain relates to the width of the foot and compression from the cycling shoes upper on the lateral border.  There is muscle, nerve and vascular tissue on the outside of the foot in that location and constant compression will trigger an ache.

Another cause for lateral pain is fatigue and strain on the small muscles on the outside of the foot when under load.   The lumbricals and abductor digiti minimi quinti muscles (yes, that's their real names) are located in the region and act as stabilisers for the foot when under pedal load.  Certain foot types, pedaling styles and lower leg angles can place higher loads on these structures causing fatigue and pain over time.  An understanding of the mechanics central to the problem is required to fashion a solution.

If you suffer from foot strain or other niggles when you ride, make a time to see our Podiatrist or Physiotherapist for an assessment.  We have all the tools required including bespoke cycling insoles required to reduce peak load on these structures and allow you to get more enjoyment from your riding.

Nathan

Podiatrist

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The Evolution of The Pedaler

When you're busy in the middle of a business, it's easy to forget the huge changes that have occurred across the past few years.  We started creating Carbon Cycling Orthotics in 2009, and at that time, we weren't planning on creating a comprehensive Health Practice in Milton, Brisbane.  

With the addition of Physiotherapy and Bike Fitting, we can now manage the full range of services that athletes require.  

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The timeline of services and projects looks as follows

  • July 2009 - Cobra9 Cycling Orthotics created
  • July 2009 - Cobra9 Racing starts
  • January 2014 - Cobra9 Intebuild Racing forms
  • August 2015 - The Pedaler Opens
  • September 2015 - Podiatry, Retail Online
  • February 2016 - Workshop , Bike Sales Online
  • September 2016 - Coaching Commences
  • November 2016 - The 4064 Cafe Opens
  • January 2017 - Dedicated Workshop Manager Commences
  • June 2017 - The Pedaler Hit Squad Forms
  • September 2017 - Exercise Physiology Commences
  • December 2017 - Brisbane Continental Forms
  • January 2018 - Dedicated Massage Therapy Room created
  • April 2018 - Physiotherapy Services Commence
  • July 2018 - Bike Fitting Services Commence

We now have the ability to fully cater for the needs of cyclists and multi-sport athletes from start to finish. 

  1. This means advice for the beginner on bike servicing and catering for their initial set up needs. 
  2. We can help those suffering hot spots or poor shoe fitting with our Podiatry services and Cobra9 Cycling Orthotics. 
  3. We can modify a bike during a fit within our workshop and change handlebars and stems easily and professionally. 
  4. Physiotherapy and Podiatry can work together to ensure a comprehensive treatment platform is issued. 
  5. We can provide the exercise programs and tools required to ensure injury risk is minimised and follow that up within our coaching programs. 
  6. Our coaching programs can be measured against testing provided by our Exercise Physiologist.   
  7. We can source and set up new bikes for clients alongside our workshop and bike fit services. 
  8. Ongoing body maintenance is managed by our massage therapists who provide feedback to Physiotherapy as required. 

All these seperate but linked services are provided right here in Milton and offered in conjunction with access to the best coffee available in the 4064.  That's right, you can grab a Fonzie Abbott coffee from our cafe while you wait.