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Look Cleat Position Advice Needed(9 posts)

Look Cleat Position Advice NeededFred2000
Jul 11, 2003 7:27 AM
I recently changed my cleats out on my shoes. I am pretty anal to ensure the cleat go on the way they were before, but since this change the outside of my leg (a little below the knee) has gotten a lot more sore during pedaling. The cleats were on pretty tight so I don't think they shifted however that might have happened.

Does anyone have a good process for fitting cleats? I may have to start anew with this cleat and I was wondering if any one had some good suggestions for doing it easily.

Thanks, Jon
re: Look Cleat Position Advice Neededmtnpat
Jul 11, 2003 7:34 AM
Can't suggest anything on initial placement, but when I REPLACE my Look cleats, I first use a Sharpee brand permanent marker to outline the front half of the cleat onto the sole of my shoe, then just follow the marks when installing the new ones.
brilliant minds think aliketerry b
Jul 11, 2003 7:52 AM
and I thought I'd invented the "Sharpie on the Sole" method. Works well!
re: Look Cleat Position Advice Neededmainframe
Jul 11, 2003 7:35 AM
My last pair of (black) Look cleats came with a stick-on mounting template which made congruent positioning of the new cleats very simple.
how I did it the first timeterry b
Jul 11, 2003 7:58 AM
started by making sure the pedal spindle was directly under the ball of my foot and the L-R position was dead center in the shoe. next, I went out and did an easy ride to see how my leg and foot naturally fit relative to the pedal. I was able to feel some stress in my right knee that I needed to compensate for by fighting the float of the pedal. Went home, adjusted the angle of the cleat and repeated the process until my legs felt completely unstressed by the restrictions of the float. As it turned out, I needed to toe in the right cleat a hair and ended up leaving the left cleat alone. From there - no more adjustments and as mentioned above whenever I change cleats I use a Sharpie to outline the entire cleat so that I have a template.
...If you've got the right cleats and this little device...Akirasho
Jul 11, 2003 8:04 AM
... you can pretty much dial in your cleat position in short order (can even be done alone if you're flexible and patient).

The Dynamic Positioner allows you to adjust your cleat placement while engaged with the pedals (on a stationary)... go through a few revolutions... and adjust as necessary for your personal biomechanics...

These are not standard LOOK cleats... they have a transverse groove to accept the positioner... higher end LOOK cleats used to come with the positioner... or you might be able to borrow one... again, you'll need the special cleat if you don't have one (or two) already.

Be the bike.
I tried that little suckerterry b
Jul 11, 2003 10:26 AM
and could never get a good balance between having the cleat be loose enough to move for adjustment and tight enough to avoid moving when I unclipped. tried it again recently before relegating it to my Dustbin of History.
Poster this before, butpitt83
Jul 11, 2003 8:20 AM
You unscrew the cleat until loose. Get a freind to help. Clip in and spin around with it loose. That will bring the cleat to a neutral spot. Stop and grab a lightpost or other stationary object. DON'T UNCLIP! Have your friend mark your shoe with white-out, metalllic marker, nail polish or a scratch. Clip out when dried. That should be really close to neutral
re: Look Cleat Position Advice Neededflying
Jul 11, 2003 11:03 AM
Since the accepted belief is ball of foot over spindle the only other adjustment is yaw. Or toe in --toe out --or straight.

Anyway if you put your shoes on you can feel the side of the ball of your foot. Put a 1 1/2 inch long by sat 1/4 strip of tape on the side of your shoe. Now take them off & click them in the pedal you can now set the for & aft so the pedal spindle lines up under the tape strip.

From there I tighten it a bit so I can put them on & click in & set the yaw. This is not so critical if you use the float ability on most looks but you still want it close.
From there you just tighten everything down. The tool that comes with the pedals helps but like some have said it does let the cleat move when clicking in & out usually.

Hmmm easier done then said I assure you ;-)