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SPD Cleats, Cannondale pedals, and float...(3 posts)

SPD Cleats, Cannondale pedals, and float...Zenith
May 13, 2003 11:55 AM
I have a 2002 Cannondale R500 Feminine that I just got. As I am on a fairly limited bike budget and already have MTB shoes and pedals, I trying to make it all work until I can upgrade to road-specific gear if necessary.

The Cannondale came with double-sided SPD clipless pedals which are compatable with my exisiting cleats. My right side is fine, plenty of float and no trouble pedaling for long distances or up hills. The left side is giving my knee a lot of trouble though, especially when climbing. I noticed that there is practically zero float on this side. It all starts with foot fatigue and ends up with significant pain in the back of my left knee.

Does anyone know if the Cannondale pedals have adjustable float? Could it be a cleat issue? I realized that the same thing happens on the spinning bikes at the gym. Plenty of movement on the right, none on the left.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts...
Best,
Z
re: SPD Cleats, Cannondale pedals, and float...Akirasho
May 13, 2003 1:39 PM
... is it a Coda pedal??

I've still got a set of double sided Coda pedals from a few year's back... and indeed, it is compatible with a Shimano SPD cleat... and judging by your description, I'd look at overall cleat position and the cleat itself (the only adjustment I know of was release tension).

SPD cleats were known to become more difficult to release when they became worn... this is where I'd start...

Be the bike.
re: SPD Cleats, Cannondale pedals, and float...ukiahb
May 13, 2003 7:48 PM
could be the cleats...I've found that some non-Shimano SPD type pedals (many are made by Wellgo but have various brand names on them) work better w/ the cleats that come w/ the pedals rather than Shimano cleats. The LBS should have given you the correct cleats w/ the bike, but they sometimes forget...