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is there a correct cleat/foot position?(2 posts)

is there a correct cleat/foot position?Jay18
Jun 2, 2002 5:59 AM
Got my first clipless pedals yesterday - a "starter set" of inexpensive Shimano SPDs and Daidora Geko shoes. Took my first practice ride this morning and noticed that the cleats are mounted in the far forward position on the shoe so I feel as though I am putting pressure on the pedals between the backs of my toes and the balls of my feet. Question -- is there a "correct" foot position for peddling or is this a personal preference thing? I feel as though the cleats ought to be farther back on the shoes in order to bring my feet forward.

Yes and noMel Erickson
Jun 2, 2002 6:14 AM
There is a general position for the cleat that gets you into the ballpark. Start with the cleat in a position where the ball of your foot is over the pedal spindle. From there, adjust as needed for comfort and pedaling efficiency. Toe in or toe out (angle of the cleat) is also somewhat personal. Do you walk pigeon toed or like a duck? Take your clue for cleat angle from the way you walk. I'd start straight ahead and see how it feels. If the float takes care of any inward or outward tendencies you may have for foot angle, and feels right, stick with it. Otherwise adjust. I've found that adjusting on a wind trainer works well. Leave your cleats a little loose, clip in on a wind trainer and ride for a few minutes. Either unstrap/untie your shoes and get out of them, leaving your shoes on the pedal, and tighten the screws or have someone else tighten them while you're on the bike.