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SPD pedals; all are not created equal(3 posts)

SPD pedals; all are not created equalrwsh
Jun 22, 2003 10:57 AM
My wife wanted the SPD (mountain bike type) pedals on both her road and mountain bikes which we did. She then found she could only get her cleats into ONE set of pedals. I tried with my SPD shoes and found I could get into BOTH her pairs of pedals. My micrometer showed that the pedal flange distance was 10.9 mm on one pair of her pedals, 12.7 mm on the other. Similarly, her cleat width was 17.8 mm, mine was 15.0 mm. Bottom line: I had no idea that neither pedals nor cleats are standard for the Shimano-designed SPD mountain bike pedals!!!!!. Any comments?
re: SPD pedals; all are not created equalSpoke Wrench
Jun 22, 2003 12:08 PM
There have been a lot of Shimano SPD pedal models. If you include the "clones" from other brands there are really a lot. It would help if you would be more specific regarding exactly which pedals you are talking about.
Check the shoes for fitKerry
Jun 22, 2003 4:16 PM
Often times, the shoe is hitting the pedal and preventing cleat engagement. Many people report having to shave off some of the sole in order to allow the cleat to click in. Take her shoe and try to engage the cleat where you can see the underside of the shoe. It may well be hitting some part of the pedal.