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Made switch to Time Impact....now what?(4 posts)

Made switch to Time Impact....now what?DY
Aug 7, 2003 2:38 PM
I was taking my first test ride and I noticed that it seemed that I could feel my legs/knees extending a bit more than usual (I have problemed knees so maybe I'm a bit more sensitive with this issue).

I then remembered that because the pedal of the Time sits closer pedal spinle and also that the cleat is thinner, that I should lower my seat a little.

Going from Look 247 pedals the the Time Impact S, does anyone know how much I should lower the saddle? 2mm, 3mm, 4mm .... ???

Maybe it is such a small amount that it doesn't matter. Maybe I just need to get the cleat position diled in better and get used to them.

Thanks.
re: Made switch to Time Impact....now what?Eric_H
Aug 7, 2003 2:50 PM
I use the Impacts as well, but I changed from the previous Time Equipe Pros. I used to use Look a long time ago.

It is easy enough to estimate the change, if you are using the same shoes. If I remember correctly, a Look pedal is about 10 mm from the center of the spindle to the top of the pedal and the cleat is about 9 mm thick, for a total of 19 mm. The Time Impact is about 8 mm from the center of the spindle to the top, and the cleat is about 4 mm thick for a total of 12 mm. Therefore, I would try lowering your saddle about 7-8 mm, ride easily for a while and adjust from there.
First Ride ReportDY
Aug 8, 2003 11:46 AM
I went ahead a lowered my seat 5mm to start. Felt fine.

Pedals were nice too. The float was much more fluid and slick than with any of the Looks I've tried. Nice platform and no problem with clicking out.

Clicking in took some time to get used to. I tried on my trainer the day before and I pushed and pushed and I could not click in. It is just a slightly different motion than with the Looks. Also they don't make as big of a "click" noise when they do click in. I finally got the hang of it and it was not a problem.

I was pretty good with my Looks, being able to always catch the toe of the cleat and lock in. Out on the road with the Times, I also could do the same thing. I think out of 15 clip in's I had to look down twice. That's ok for a first ride with them.

They seem very nice. Now I just have to get used to the lateral float.
re: Made switch to Time Impact....now what?carbonxs
Aug 8, 2003 5:02 PM
I put time impacts on a bike - changed from look also - without lowering the saddle. big big mistake. Felt fine while riding but my legs were sore for the next two days - totally streched out.

I'm not sure how much you should lower your saddle but you should definitely lower it until you find it comfortable.