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Anyway to change the direction of cleats?(3 posts)

Anyway to change the direction of cleats?Kristin
Sep 28, 2001 2:43 PM
Is it possible to set my left cleet on my SPD's so that I'm toed out a bit and restricted as to how far I can turn my foot in?? The Dr. I saw today said this could help, but he wasn't sure about pedal systems. I'm gonna start riding again tomorrow, but really light workouts only for now.

My Dr. believes my problem stems from my hips. They are slighly rotated and my muscles (Glutes and facia?) are weak. I start PT on Monday to build strength. In the meantime...

Sep 28, 2001 3:07 PM
Yes, the cleats can be manipulated all over the bottom of most shoes - depending on pedal system. SPD have just two bolts that are close together so it's easy for them to get twisted, espeically if the bolts aren't tight. Some shops actually have a jig system to get you dialed in on your pedals, though you don't see it around as much any more. It's tough to set up your cleats at first, but over time you find what you like. All that said, you can have your cleats in just the right place and STILL have problems. A lot of this stems from the fact that not very many of us have "perfect" feet, if there even is sucha thing. A little pronation will really mess things up. My right foot used to cramp and go numb unitl I started riding with custom orthotics, even something as simple as Super Feet inserts can work well. A good chiropractor (jock type) can also help you sort out some of the biomechanics. Once you get your feet/shoes/pedals dialed in go back and check everything else - chances are you'll have to adjust the saddle in some way.
Loosen those bolts and rotate at will!jtolleson
Sep 28, 2001 3:37 PM
Or even better, go to a bike shop that has a Rotational Adjustment Device for cleat setting. It is worth the $40 or so if you've got joint issues.

You can definitely move the cleat both fore and aft as well as rotating. To better "toe out" you'd actually have the top of the cleat appearing to point in (ie., not point straight ahead).

But there can be other issues. For example, my ankle problem was addressed by a professional fitter placing a couple of shims under my left cleat. My left heel used to hit the crank arm on EVERY rotation. Imagine how crazy making! Professional fitting ... it isn't just for bike buying anymore ...