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Newbie moving to clipless pedals(6 posts)

Newbie moving to clipless pedalsTurtle Boy
Apr 23, 2003 7:24 PM
I've purchased an entry set of pedals and shoes and have a few questions. The pedals are Shimano R535 and the shoes are Shimano R097. My biggest confusion or concern is causing any knee strains or injury if my feet are locked in at some weird angle or setting. When mounting the cleat to the shoe do you just "eye-ball" it and get it centered. Do you have to worry about perfect alignment only if your clocking a lot of miles.

The LBS I like has a shoe/pedal fitting service for $40 bucks -- is that advised. At 47, the old body ain't what it used to be and I'd like to avoid any abuse I can so I can take the abuse I can't avoid.

re: Newbie moving to clipless pedalsjoekm
Apr 24, 2003 4:18 AM
Getting the help might be worth considering.

Other than that, you could try this:
Don't completely tighten the cleats initially, set yourself in the pedals and adjust to what feels right. Then, get out of the shoes and use a marker to trace out where the cleats are positioned on the soles (the shoes are still clipped in). Then you can unclip the shoes and pedals then tighten them down for good based on the position markers you made.

You have some measure of float so, If they feel comfortable, you should be OK.

OTOH - it never hurts to get some help, especially if you are not sure and/or this is your first foray into clipless.

Best of luck,

re: Newbie moving to clipless pedalsTower
Apr 24, 2003 4:21 AM
You should have some "float" in the pedal. That is, you should be able to twist your foot side-to-side with out clipping out of the pedal. Some pedals have more than others. Speedplay apparantly has a lot of float.

As for mounting the cleat to the shoe, it will take some adjustment. My LBS mounted the cleat for me, but I adjusted them after a few rides.

I personally wouldn't pay the $40 for the fitting service. However if you would feel more comfortable having them do it and giving you advice (and want to spend the $), then do so.

What did the 535's cost you?
Thru REI the 535's cost $80 - the shoes $90Turtle Boy
Apr 24, 2003 1:15 PM
re: Newbie moving to clipless pedalsmainframe
Apr 24, 2003 7:32 AM
Henry, a good placement to begin is to set the cleat(fore/aft) on the sole in such a position that, when clipped in, the pedal spindle bisects the widest part of the shoe. From here you can fine-adjust through trial/error. My cleats (Look), once initially set as described, have remained there for several years of riding.
Good info -- I'll try it my self first - THANKS ALLTurtle Boy
Apr 24, 2003 1:17 PM