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Originally Posted by capwater
Inside "bump" just behind your big toe should be directly over the pedal axle. Good starting point.
+1 I've set up a lot of people this way, and they felt perfectly balanced.
I start by putting the shoes on, then placing masking tape over the "bump" behind the big toe (mentioned above). Then, I draw a 5mm dot on the masking tape right where the center of the bump is on each foot.
Next, install the cleats such that the axle mark (if they don't have one, make one) is directly under the dot on the tape for each shoe. When checking this alignment, place the cleat flat horizontally on a counter or table -- this sets a reference for "beneath the dot."
I position the cleat left/right as far in (close to the dot-side of the shoe) as it will go to guarantee no interference with the cranks, but you may want to pull them back out to lower your q-factor later.
Once fore/aft and left/right are set, I tighten the cleats so I can just barely rotate them. Then I sight down the shoe from heel to toe, and rotate the cleat so it's parallel with that sight line.
Then re-check fore/aft placement (this is the most important adjustment).
Remove masking tape.
Tighten every thing down and see how it feels. Adjust as necessary (unlikely). Ride once (normal ride), and tighten cleat bolts again when you get back home.