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Questions for Sidi/Time users...(5 posts)

Questions for Sidi/Time users...5ive
May 14, 2002 5:06 AM
I'm trying out Time pedals for the first time. With the pedals, I've also purchased Sidi's adapters for Time cleats. It fits well enough on the bottom of my Sidi shoes, but I've noticed that the adapter appears to be metal and not plastic (like Sidi's Look adapters). Did I get the right adapter? It is quite heavy as well being metal.

The other question I have is regarding the screws that came with the adapters. The screws provided to mount the cleats are too long. The back cam is fine, but the screws are too long for the front plastic cams and it reaches the sole of the shoe. Anyone else have an experience with this problem?
re: Questions for Sidi/Time users...JBurton
May 14, 2002 5:42 AM
With my look adapter, there was one screw that was shorter than the others for the bottom of the adapter where there is a cleat hole, but not a corresponding hole on the cleat. In addition, my Look adapters (plastic) are also cut for a four hole Time adapter. I have the Energys, so if you have a different shoe, this may be different.
AnswersEric_H
May 14, 2002 9:18 AM
I am a longtime Sidi/Time user. Yes, you have the correct adapter plate. It is made from a Mg/Al alloy. I wish that Sidi would make a plastic adapter instead, as the metal plate causes a bit of wear on the pedal body over time (faster with lots of wet-weather riding).

The screws supplied to mount the Time cleats with the Sidi adapters are too long for the front. I have no idea why Sidi has not figured it out in all these years. There are three solutions:

1) Go to a hardware store and get some shorter screws. This is the best solution. I prefer simple slotted screws to the Phillips head because they are easier to remove after being plugged up with dirt.

2) The serrated washers provided with the Time cleats can be stacked on top of each other for the front cam. This little extra bit of washer distance will make it so the screws sit flush on the sole side of the adapter. Of course this requires extra serrated washers, easily found at a LBS.

3) Grind or file down the supplied screws so they fit flush.
Thanks! One more question...5ive
May 14, 2002 9:41 AM
I seek wisdom from an experienced Time pedal user. Is there a trick to clipping in easily into Time pedals? I've used Looks and SpeedPlays in the past and, compared to these pedals, getting into Time pedals is so much more difficult. Simple 'clip in the front and stomp down' is proving to be very difficult in practice and sometimes require standing on the pedal with my full weight on it. Is there a trick?
Clipping inEric_H
May 14, 2002 10:22 AM
I believe in the Time-supplied literature they suggest engaging the pedal near the inside and then pushing down and letting the foot move outboard. This all seems pretty technical and I don't think I necessarily do this. It is hard for me to remember the differences between Look and Time because I have been using Time exclusively for the past 6 years. I do remember I initially found the Time pedals more difficult to enter but once I adapted I had no problems. I almost always engage them while standing which definitely makes it easier. Give it some time and you will adapt.