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Pedals and Knees(5 posts)

Pedals and Kneesmlbd
Jan 23, 2002 2:02 PM
Been using the entry level shimano SPDs on both my road and MTB. i've had some knee trouble and am wondering if a different pedal for the road (which i ride much more than the MTB these days) would help. any general thoughts on switching from SPD to Look or speedplay pedals? Any thoughts on how that might affect my knees? Thanks.
re: Pedals and KneesElefantino
Jan 23, 2002 2:40 PM
I am a Speedplay advocate because I have a bad left knee that troubled me more and more through my journey through SPD, Look and Time.

Speedplay's float (for the most part, it's unlimited), takes a lot of the stress off achy knees. And they can be had for less than $100 for the chromoly steel model (the X-3). Much less for new ones on eBay.

Another thought: Your current shoes may flex from side to side, which can also put stress on knees. If you upgrade to shoes with a carbon or other hard sole, that may help.

Good luck!

re: Pedals and KneesWoof the dog
Jan 23, 2002 3:40 PM
most pedals with an exception of speedplays and some other one (coobie?) don't have more than 6-10 degrees of float. It isn't a lot if you know your knees need more than that. Have you seen a doctor about your knees? How do you know its your pedals and not something else? do you crosstrain? I bet most problems occur not from having a limited float but from something else (injury, underdeveloped muscles, tightness). Lots of people ride spds, look, time.

Speedplays won't hurt, they will probably help a little (up to you if its worth $160+maintenance). Some person on this site actually had some knee pain from speedplays.

Make sure you set your cleat right under the ball of the foot, not too forward (I moved the cleat plate all the way back to get the right positioning). People may have an exhagerrated (sp?) walkin'-on-ice feeling when their cleats are in the wrong place.


Woof the dog.
Jan 24, 2002 1:01 AM
Get Frogs for the mtn and X2's for the road. I havent ridden the X's yet, but the frogs saved me ass.. err knee on the mtn bike. Used to get about an hour of riding in before my knee would swell up and get stiff, making riding no fun. Now I havent reached the limit (of my knee) with the frogs.

Ebay and and this sites classifieds are the best sources I have found. Ti Frogs for $84 shipped off ebay, $45 shipped for X2's off here.

Speedplays TooJimP
Jan 24, 2002 5:50 AM
I used to use the older Shimano DA pedals (Look cleat). I was having some trouble with knee pain after surgery on both knees. I found that the cleats for the DA pedals had to be set perfect or the knees would hurt. I went to speedplays 2 years ago on the road bike and haven't looked back. This fall I changed the pedals on the windtrainer bike to speedplays too. I second what Woof said about making sure the cleat is under the ball of the foot. That will make things uncomfortable if they aren't set right.