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How to adjust bike for new shoes and pedals...HELP!!!(4 posts)

How to adjust bike for new shoes and pedals...HELP!!!dez182
Jul 24, 2003 10:15 AM
Hey all,

After 2 years of using MTB shoes and pedals, I finally caved in and bought some Look pedals and Shimano road shoes. I just got them today, and I have a race on Saturday, so I'm hoping to get my bike adjusted for them ASAP. Any suggestions?
Leave the current pedals on until after the race...kjr39
Jul 24, 2003 10:19 AM
I would not be changing anything the week before a race were I you...
I'd like to wait, but....dez182
Jul 24, 2003 10:38 AM
...The setup I'm currently using is in VERY bad shape. The sole is coming detatched from the rest of the shoe, and the locking mechanism on the pedals is kind of hit-or-miss.
re: How to adjust bike for new shoes and pedals...HELP!!!cdhbrad
Jul 24, 2003 10:29 AM
I ride Looks and here is what I do when I need to mount new cleats: 1. Mount the cleats ont the shoes and then clip the shoes to the pedals so you can see the approx. relationship of the pedal axle to the "ball" of your foot. Try to get it as close as you can. While doing this, check to be sure that the heel of the shoe will be approx parallel to the cranks. 2. Once you have done this, slightly loosen the 3 screws holding the cleat, just enough to let there be a little movement if you apply pressure to the cleat. 3. Get a friend to help you on this next step: Put on your shoes, mount the bike, and go for a short ride, around the block is enough, and then come back and stop along side something that will let you stay mounted while the friend tightens one of the screws on each cleat to set the position. 4. Then either take the shoes off and dismount or uncleat trying not to disturb the position. Then tighten the remaining screws and go for another test ride. Make fine tuning adjustments from there.
I know this sounds cumbersome, but I have used Looks for years and this works for me.