Q: When I do no-footers my cranks turn and I always biff it on the guys downstairs. Short of wearing a cup, how can I solve this issue?
A: Believe us, riding in a cup is no fun, but then again, neither is doing the splits over the top tube. Your best bet is to eliminate the problem, your ghost pedaling cranks. When you ride your cranks should be set up so they stay right where your feet left them, saving you and your future generations loads of pain and suffering. Start by tightening your chain and making sure that your cranks and rear hub are properly adjusted. Since spinning cranks are generally a sign of something being out of adjustment, leveling the playing field with a tune up is always the best place to start. If your cranks are still fighting their way forward, check your freewheel or driver to make sure it is spinning freely. If your driver is sticking, it probably needs to be cleaned and should be pulled apart. Since freewheels are by majority not rebuildable, you can try and cheat a little more life out of them by running a river of lightweight lube, like Tri-Flow through them, but if that doesn’t help, a replacement can be found for around $16. Hope that solves your problem and you stay off the top tube.