Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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Don't use sand paint on the center of the pedal. You need the cleat to be free to slide so you can twist out. High friction will increase the twist torque required, and might leave you trapped in the pedal when you need or want a smooth release.
Try a piece of cloth friction tape, and see if that improves things for you. Also, in your effort to lower the step in force, you might have lowered it too far causing you to twist out when you didn't expect to.
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