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Look Cleat Setup Tips(12 posts)

Look Cleat Setup TipsBluenose1
Jun 21, 2002 7:18 AM
I was wondering if anyone had any tips for setting up Look cleats? I know the pedal axle should be under the ball of your foot, but where does one go from there? Thanks.
re: Look Cleat Setup Tipsscottfree
Jun 21, 2002 8:08 AM
It's not that complicated, since the red Looks (I assume you're using them) have so much float. Just point 'em more or less straight ahead, and adjust the side-to-side so your shoes don't scrape on the cranks.
re: Look Cleat Setup TipsTJeanloz
Jun 21, 2002 8:49 AM
If it's feasible, have a RAD (Rotational Adjustment Device) fitting done by your local bike fitter. For years I took the "jam them on straight over the ball of your foot" approach, and it worked well enough. Much later I had a RAD fitting done. It was like night and day. SO much better. There wasn't any pain or anything before, but things felt much more 'right' with the cleats in exactly the right position.
re: Look Cleat Setup TipsAkirasho
Jun 21, 2002 4:13 PM
... also, consider using the Dynamic Positioner...

Some OEM LOOK cleats have a channel in them that accepts this device... and allows a person to dial in their cleat position (with the assistance of another person... and on a stationary trainer). If your cleats have the channel... and you can get your hands on the positioner... you might wanna give it a try.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: Look Cleat Setup TipsLC
Jun 21, 2002 5:38 PM
I got one of those but never figured out how to use it?
re: Look Cleat Setup TipsAkirasho
Jun 21, 2002 6:00 PM
...I'm oversimplifying... but, it's a "D" shaped rod...

You tighten your cleat mount bolts just enough to hold stuff in place... when you turn the rod... it pushes the cleat away from the sole of the shoe so it can be relatively easily repositioned... Get the cleat in the ballpark... take a few cranks on a stationary and readjust as necessary till all is right. Turn the rod again, remove and do your final tighten.

I've done it by myself... but another set of hands helps a lot!
re: Look Cleat Setup TipsLC
Jun 21, 2002 10:32 PM
I got one of those but never figured out how to use it?
re: Look Cleat Setup TipsNoam
Jun 22, 2002 7:52 AM
One point that you may find interesting. I always have the cleat mounted so that the shoe toes are slightly pointing inwards. I find that this method pulls my knees closer to the top tube, which is the right ridding technique (do not spread!!). Also, this will protect the cranks from being rubbed by inside of the heals of the shoes.

In contrary to many riders I do prefer the black fixed cleats. I do not fancy the lateral play.

Keep on spinning

Careful here!Kerry Irons
Jun 22, 2002 4:29 PM
Toe in cleat mounting (or heel in, or straight) only works if it matches your personal physiology. There is no such thing as a right position for everyone. Some people are comfortable toe-in, and it will destroy other people's knees. If it feels good, it's right.
re: Look Cleat Setup TipsRomani
Jun 23, 2002 7:41 PM
I suggest that to get you in the ballpark (vis a vis toe-in/toe-out) you notice which way your feet point when you walk. I've found that (for me at least) my foot pedaling position pretty much follow my walking position. YMMV.
re: Look Cleat Setup Tips THE FINAL SAYNoam
Jun 24, 2002 11:05 PM
Have a look at the coming Tour. You will see many pros actually rubbing their knees agains the top tube. Some of them(notably some of the Russians) actually rub the paint off the frame every race. The reason for going close with the knees is simple. It allow the rider to push the pedal slightly off in the same style as our famous ice skaters/hockey players. Try this.
re: Look Cleat Setup Tips THE FINAL SAYlegs
Jun 25, 2002 7:40 AM
physiologically/kinesthetically one delivers more power when one's knees are aligned directly over the pedal...(of course this makes sense intellectually)

hell, Jalabert sits cockeyed to the left.. everybody has a slightly different body and different habits. some are good and some are bad.. lets start with what is neutral....

these ideas that are justified by 'what the pros do' are really silly sometimes... on a general level what the pros do is ride a ton of miles and go much faster than us... what someone with excellent technique and a beautiful spin does.. means they deliver power in the most efficient way.. and that would be directly over the pedals...