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Leg Length Difference & Cleat Shim(3 posts)

Leg Length Difference & Cleat ShimBroom Wagon
Apr 15, 2001 8:52 AM
While rehabbing my left knee after another bout with Chondromalacia, my Physical Therapist measured my legs and found that my left leg is about 7mm shorter than my right. He said that the length discrepany is in the tibial region (lower leg) than in the fibula, which apparently is easier to rectify. He inserted an extra insole in my left shoe to help make up part of the difference to see if it helps. So far, the only thing that I noticed outright is that my left shoe is considerably tighter than my right. My cycling shoes are already snug but this added insole makes it even tighter.

Rather than having to buy a new pair of shoes with a wider toe box, I was thinking of placing a shim between my cleat and the sole. I'm using SpeedPlays and was wondering if anyone has done something similar or have any ideas of what to use for a shim. Also, if I added a shim, does SpeedPlay make longer screws?

Thanks for your help and suggestions.
re: Leg Length Difference & Cleat ShimDrD
Apr 15, 2001 9:42 AM
Not only does Speedplay offer longer screws, they sell cleat shims to do exactly what you want (leg length discrepancy) - from the schematics, it looks like a flat shim which goes under the cleat baseplate - give them a call at 1-800-468-6694.
re: Leg Length Difference & Cleat ShimAD14
Apr 15, 2001 3:48 PM
If for any reason the speedplays dont work i use looks and have been able to compensate for my leg difference. Many have told me only to compensate for one half the total difference in leg length. After much experimentation i have found that formula works for me.