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Old 12-19-09, 05:02 PM   #1
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Question about Shoes, Cleats and Pedals

Hello everyone, Below are pictures of the shoes and pedals I'm (trying) to use. I'm new to clipless so I'm trying them out while I've got the bike on the trainer. I'm finding it really hard to get clipped into these...

could the sole of the shoe be getting in the way of the platform part of the pedal? Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Old 12-19-09, 05:53 PM   #2
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The first thing I'd give a try is loosening the tightness of the pedal mechanism. Once you do that try to clip it in by hand and visually inspect the pedal to shoe connection. If the sole of the shoe is getting in the way it should be easy to see.
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Old 12-19-09, 06:34 PM   #3
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a little oil on pedal as well and even a bit from the finger on the back of the cleat will also help. Very little, just a film.
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The cleats look good there. What pedals do you have?

Something like this could be hard to use at first, since the clip part barely sticks up above the surrounding pedal.
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It's the nashbar version of those...
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Hello everyone, Below are pictures of the shoes and pedals I'm (trying) to use. I'm new to clipless so I'm trying them out while I've got the bike on the trainer. I'm finding it really hard to get clipped into these...

could the sole of the shoe be getting in the way of the platform part of the pedal? Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Easy solution to your problem.
Take a look at the attached photo markup of your Cleat ... notice that it is not centered on the sole of your shoe?

Just take an Allen (Hex) wrench and loosen the Cleat and slide it to the Right so it is now centered between the lugs...

Problem Fixed!
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Centering the cleat seemed to help. It's still not easy to get in (exiting is good) but it seems manageable. Now, if the Saints could get it together...
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Centering the cleat seemed to help. It's still not easy to get in (exiting is good) but it seems manageable. Now, if the Saints could get it together...
I can't help with the Saints - and besides if I could the Iggles need more - but perhaps the cleat trouble is a foot and leg problem. When I rode clipless I never had problems getting out of the pedals, but getting in was a problem.
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I am a bit knock kneed ...I'd like to think it's not enough to create a problem but, I will be paying attention to the orientation of my feet when I ride tomorrow...
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It's the nashbar version of those...

You would be able to clip in and out much easier with plain SPD type pedals. It's the cage around the pedal clip that's hitting your shoe soles.
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Have you tried adjusting the tension in the pedal? There should be a small allen screw on the aft end of the clipless portion of the pedal that will relieve some of the tension in the mechanism, making it easier to get in and out of. I had to make mine really loose when I started with clipless. Actually I went back and loosened my spd pedals for the winter since I am slipping and sliding a lot more than usual, so now in the even of a fall I can get my feet out and brace myself much quicker.
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