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Seat height question(6 posts)

Seat height questionMVN
Jun 29, 2002 3:23 PM
I read somewhere (may have been here) that when you use LOOK pedals and SIDI shoes with red cleats, you are supposed to raise the seat height to compensate for the cleat thickness. Is that correct or am I completely off base? I'm asking because I recently got shoes/pedals (SIDI/LOOK) and my LBS guy didn't mention anything about it. Just curious if there is any advantage or not. Should I bother, or is there more information I'm not aware of? Thanks for your time.
Check the new shoesKerry Irons
Jun 29, 2002 5:51 PM
You need to compare the new shoes/cleats with the old ones. If the new ones are thicker by some measureable amount, then adjust your seat height accordingly. There really aren't any standards here.
Check the new shoesMVN
Jun 29, 2002 8:22 PM
Previously I was using Spec. Sport Mtn. shoes with SPD cleats and 515 pedals. The LOOK cleats are a little thicker so I'll raise the seat. I was getting a little pain in my left knee (kind of comes and goes), so maybe the height change will help. I'll try tomorrow and see how it feels. Thanks.
Impossible to answer w/o knowing previous shoes/pedals nmelviento
Jun 29, 2002 6:47 PM
How does it feel?jose_Tex_mex
Jun 29, 2002 7:46 PM
Go by how it feels. If the cleats are "taller" than your old set up then technically yes you will have to adjust. It's not uncommon. I even do it when I get new shoes. It pays to be cautious wrt knees.
re: Seat height questionPeteWorc
Jun 30, 2002 5:25 PM
Same thing happened to me. I started riding a road bike 5 months ago and started with spd's and my mt bike shoes. When I bought my new sidi's and Look pedals I noticed right away my seat was a tad too low. Just increase your seat height a tad to get your original distance back. My LBS never mentioned it either when they put the new look pedals on but later when I asked about it they agreed it was common.