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    Poll: Racers, what's your Float?

    Curious to see what kind of pedal/cleat float ya'll are running. I'm zero on LOOK Cx6's.

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    Zero...which is why I'm having issues now that one of my cleats went out of alignment...
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    last generation looks, pre-keo, red cleats which is 6 degree i think.
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    Speedplay X/2s... "unlimited"
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    Used the red Keo cleats (9 degree) when I switched from Speedplay, but now I have the grey ones that came with them. I think I'll throw those on (4.5 degree) and see how it goes.
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    Used to use Keo black cleats. One of my cleats went out of adjustment and I couldn't get it back to the right place, so I decided to try red cleats for the time being. I think the extra float is actually a detriment, as I find I need to make sure my foot stays in the optimal position. If I stop paying attention, I'll find my foot turned too far in the wrong direction.

    I'll probably move to gray cleats, or back to black after I've worn down the red cleats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecnetsixe
    Just curious did you have a bad experience with speedplay? I have zeros and think they are great although im curious as to what other styles of cleats feel like.
    I had some ball-of-foot numbness issues that didn't go away, so I switched and the problem got better. My only gripe with the speedplays was the cost of the cleat and how easily it would get gunked up.

    And for whatever reason, they just subjectively feel more stable climbing and accelerating. Who knows. I like 'em, and they're cheap as hell from PBK...
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    Quote Originally Posted by grebletie
    Used to use Keo black cleats. One of my cleats went out of adjustment and I couldn't get it back to the right place, so I decided to try red cleats for the time being. I think the extra float is actually a detriment, as I find I need to make sure my foot stays in the optimal position. If I stop paying attention, I'll find my foot turned too far in the wrong direction.

    I'll probably move to gray cleats, or back to black after I've worn down the red cleats.

    if your foot ends up in a different position, how do you know thats not the proper position for you?
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    I've gradually decreased my cleat float as I've gotten more and more accustomed to what works for my feet. Right now I'm using a zero-degree Look Keo cleat, so no float. I've put in quite a few miles (for me) that way and so far no problems.

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    Yellow SPD-SLs. 6* of float. My knees are ****, so I don't think I'll go for fixed cleats anytime soon. I've never pulled out of them when I didn't want to, and I'm comfy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 'nother
    Speedplay X/2s... "unlimited"
    +1

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    Speedplay X2s also. I'm missing my ACL and MCL and most of my menicus and due to the full float Speedplays offer I have had zero problems because of them. I rode Times, Looks and Dura Ace before this and had issues with the all.

    Richard Byrne came up with a real gem with his pedals

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    Time RXS and Carbons with 5 degrees of float.
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    I'm using keo red's now. I've tried the black no float cleats but I couldn't get my right foot adjusted right and was causing discomfort.

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    what are the advantages of having no float at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianappleby
    what are the advantages of having no float at all?
    In theory more power transfer - in reality, knee surgery.

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    I've used the red Keo cleats (9 degrees) over a year now and I love them.

    I used to use Speedplay until one of the pedals came apart on a ride and I lost most of it and had to ride home on one pedal and one spindle. Somebody later told me that I should have tightened the screws on the Speedplay pedals after a few rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pizza Man
    Somebody later told me that I should have tightened the screws on the Speedplay pedals after a few rides.
    Thanks for the reminder on that.

    Also lubing them frequently is important.
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    one more for speedplays, use them on both my road bikes and track bike. alot of people who tried them and didn't like them didn't ride them for very long. it definitely takes a while to get used to them. the first time i rode them my feet were all over the place and i thought i was going to crash, then i got used to it. the first time out of the saddle climbing, i was sure i was going to crash, then i got used to it. the first time sprinting, i was sure i was going to die, then i got used to it. now i don't even notice.

    pedals i've used over the years-
    cleats with toeclips and double straps
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    I use the grey Keo cleats on my racing bikes. On my cross bike (my winter rig) i use the cheapest of the Crank Bros. egg beaters. I love both pedals for different reasons.

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    I use shimano dura ace fixed- 0 float. Used to use 6 degree but found while I was riding at times especially longer rides my foot would just start swaying and I was having a little bit of knee trouble. I got some fixed cleats and some cycling insoles for my shoes and it's like night and day. My foot feels so solid in the pedal and the power transfer seems tight. My knees feel great also. It took a couple of rides to get them dialed in correctly though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWJODonnell
    In theory more power transfer - in reality, knee surgery.
    Who's reality? I've been on zero float for over 12k miles with no issues. As with all things bike related some things work well for some people and some don't. For me once I got my cleats in the proper position it's been great.

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    Use the older style DA/Look pedals (PD7401) and the Red cleats, not sure but I think those were 6deg of float. Over 10 years with the same pedal/cleat combo with no problems.

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    yellow cleats, ultegra pedals. I've never unclipped when I didn't want to, but I've not unclipped when I did!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoothie104
    if your foot ends up in a different position, how do you know thats not the proper position for you?
    It leads to eventual knee pain on the inside. And just from visually inspecting the motion, there is too much lateral movement.

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