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Sorry, another speedplay question...(7 posts)

Sorry, another speedplay question...hayaku
May 22, 2002 9:35 PM
So from what I understand, they lock your foot in with no accidental exits, they are light and the larger cleat offers a good stable base. They have a very large float which is good for your knees... But my question is; Is the float purely in a circular motion? Or can your feet slip sideways?

We have no Speedplays in my area so I can't check this out for myself. Thanks for any help and any other useful info!

x-3 usernamir in SoCal
May 22, 2002 10:26 PM
there's a little bit of side-to-side play in them before the cleat feels like it's going to disengage, but there's a strong feeling of tension when they're coming out. overall, it's a really positively-connected feeling. the little bit of side-to-side play is not a problem for me.
happy user of x-3's
re: Sorry, another speedplay question...Juanmoretime
May 23, 2002 1:43 AM
Th float is strickly circular.
that's correct nmweiwentg
May 23, 2002 2:43 AM
re: Sorry, another speedplay question...DrD
May 23, 2002 4:30 AM
As stated - float is circular, centered on the pedal (which is different than someother pedals, where the effective center of rotation is further forward - not sure if it matters, though) - you shouldn't see any lateral float unless the cleats are badly worn, or the pedal body has come loose from the spindle

As far as the other stuff - you have a very positive connection to the cleat - it's not going to accidentally release - there is alot of float, and the float is totally free (i.e., you aren't pushing against a spring). Some people really like the float, and others can't stand it (there has been at least one poster in the past that complained of knee pain when they used them, but not when they used Looks)

I ride X/2's, and love them!
Speedplays accidentaly released .. help please!jarraa
May 23, 2002 5:40 AM
I was out for my usual morning ride and my left cleat kept on coming out! This only happneed when I was climbing out of the saddle. Also came out when I was leaning into a speedy left turn (wheew ...close one) or when I nbump hopped over pot wholes. It used to happen before making a click sound. I unscrewed the cleat and rescrewed it back (a little less tighter, as recommended my the "components" board. What should I do as this is a fairly dangerous problem. Thanks.

Things to check...biknben
May 23, 2002 6:04 AM
-Make sure you have the correct shims between the cleat and your shoe. The platform the cleat attaches to needs to be as flat as possible.

-Make sure the springs are moving freely in the cleat. I suspect this is your problem. Something may have become lodged in the grooves preventing the springs from moving properly. The springs have to expand to attach to the pedal and then return to neutral to keep you locked in. With the cleat off the shoe you can remove the springs and get a close look.

-Replace cleats. The most expensive last resort option.

Don't ignore it hoping it will go away. If it's happening consistantly, there's a big problem which may get you hurt.

General rules with SPs: Don't walk around any more than necessary, especially in dirt. Get cleat covers if you have to. Also apply lube every so often.