Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pagosa Springs, CO, USA
Bikes: Road, MTB, Cruiser, Chopper, BMX
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Without knowing the model of pedal I can't help you more specifically, but sometimes the issue isn't the pedal...it's the shoe. Are they new too? If so, a good trick to get the internal plate closer to the sole of the shoe is to find a washer that fits the bolt and screw it in without the cleat. Also make sure if there is a mounting plate that it's turned the right way. Just installed some for a customer that was struggling and he had the countersunk side the wrong way.
If the bolts still won't reach, you can also try the same trick with a longer bolt of the same pitch (even if it's not the same type). Fish around in your spare parts and find a bolt in the same length range, then add washers to suit. Position the cleat where you want it and bolt it down. This will often bring the cleat and interior plate together enough to get your other proper bolts started. Once they're in, replace the temp bolt.
One final tip: After a while those bolts tend to get very rusty and packed with dirt, so add a little anti-sieze compound to the threads when you install for easier removal later and no slippage. Beeswax also works, and you can use it to fill in the hex hole to keep mud from packing in there.
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