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Dumb question # 2(5 posts)

Dumb question # 2IDH2
Sep 5, 2003 5:32 AM
So a friend of mine is insisting that I dispose of the ultegra pedals I just bought in favor of some times or speedplays. He is very much involved in cycling and has been working in the industry for about 15 years so I really have no reason to doubt his opinion but I'm wondering about this float issue. From a mechanical standpoint, I would think that 3-5 deg of float would be best in that it would force you into a "better" position to turn the cranks (assuming your cleats are set-up properly and your saddle is at the appropriate height), but my friend is telling me that I want as much float as possible to "save my knees" - so is there a consensus here or is it one of those "personal preference" things?
re: Dumb question # 2godot
Sep 5, 2003 5:55 AM
My opinion is that it's personal preference.

If you can get the cleat for the ultegra pedals positioned so that you don't have knee pain, they're fine. It may take some time and trial and error, but once you have it set you'll be fine. Just make sure to tigthen the cleat occasionally to make sure it doesn't slip.

A lot of people just don't like the feel of having lots of float.

In summary, if it ain't broke don't fix it.
Colors, saddles, pedals, shoes, shorts, condoms.....niteschaos
Sep 5, 2003 5:58 AM
Some products fit some people better than others and you no longer can argue objectively on superiority. I went from SPD to SPD-SL pedals (Ultegra level) and feel worlds of difference. The SPDs didn't have the solid feel plus the float of the SLs. After tweaking cleat position I am feeling pretty good about my decision on these pedals.

If it works, don't screw with it.
re: Dumb question # 2tarwheel
Sep 5, 2003 6:11 AM
As with everything else in cycling (and life), there is no one-size-fits-all. Although many cyclists like Speedplay pedals and some have found that they relieved knee problems, they don't work for everyone. I tried some Speedplay pedals for a week or so and started developing knee pains that I never had before. Went back to my Looks and the knee pains went away. With pedals and cleats, the most important thing is to make sure they are positioned properly. Saddle height and fore/aft positioning is also important for knee comfort and injury prevention.
great ....IDH2
Sep 5, 2003 1:52 PM
thanks everyone for your thoughts...I'm going to stick w/ the ultegras and see what happens.