I recently took up track cycling and have invested in apair of cycling shoes. But as I have never worn shoes before I am unsure of when I know the cleats are in the right place. I have also noticed burns appearing on the inside of each shoe which I presume is as it is rubbing against something. Any tips on adjusting cleats and new shoes. Thanks
Originally Posted by velodrome
Welcome to the exciting world of track cycling. I don't know if you are using Shimano or Look cleats but here's a few tips.
-If using Look cleats, make sure they are tightly screwed onto the shoe. I've seen a number of nasty accidents caused by loose and cracked cleats
-Make sure the tension on the cleats is high. Pulling a foot out of a pedal on the track is lethal.
-If your shoes are getting scuffed on the inside it's probable you have the cleats set too far in towards the crank and your shoe is making contact with it. Try moving the clead outwards slightly.
-sit on a wall/worksurface etc and let your feel dangle free. Look at your feet and note if they point straight ahead, to the L or R and set up the cleats to match. My R foot points slightly to the R as I broke my ankle a few years ago, so I have to point the cleat slightly inward to compensate.
-run your saddle half an inch lower than on your road bike. It helps you to pedal more smoothly and faster on the track.
-use a gear of about 84 inches, say 47x15, no higher to begin with. Learn to pedal smoothly and with a high cadence
-if your knees start to hurt generally, it may be that your cleat position is wrong
-set the cleat so that the pedal axle is directly under the ball of your foot
Hope this helps.
-use very stiff (carbon) soled shoes.
As a general rule of thumb the pedal axle should be directly below the ball of your foot. So your cleat will be directly under the ball of your foot in most cases.