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Old 03-30-08, 06:31 PM   #1
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stupid clipless pedal questions

I'm thinking about switching to clipless pedals but I am incredibly duck footed. My feet are seriously at 10 and 2 o'clock and I'm worried about my knees hurting.

Anyone else have this predicament? How much lateral adjustment do cleats have? Any pedals better or worse for adjustment?

I'm really lucky that I live near Recycled Cycles and can pick up used pedals and shoes (I might still buy new shoes) is there anything within the mechanism of pedals I should be really wary of in used pedals?

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I've used Shimano SPD pedals and there is some rotation before you clip out. I think you will be fine.

There are certain pedals that don't have much rotational freedom. I think it might be the Eggbeaters but Im not 100% sure.
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I have a lazy foot and use Time ATACs without issues.
They have 3mm of side to side float and something like 17 degrees of rotation before they release.
I believe Egg Beaters have similar characteristics.
You shouldn't have any issue if you are patient and take the time to adjust the cleats.
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There's quite a bit of lateral adjustment in the angle the cleat makes with the sole of the shoe, and nearly all of the cleats have enough lateral float to permit the angle of your foot to change through the pedal stroke without putting undue stress on your knees.

The trick is to get the cleat mounting angles right for the natural angle your left and right feet make from fore-and-aft. One way to do this is to sit on the edge of a table with your feet dangling at their natural angle and have a friend gauge the angle from fore-and-aft for each foot using a cheap plastic goniometer. Don't look down at your feet while your friend is doing this; if you do, you're likely to subconsciously move your feet.

After you get the angles, mount the cleats to the shoes at the natural angle your foot makes from fore-and-aft.

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You may be able to angle the cleats to compensate.
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Make sure you will be able to turn your heal out far enough to get the cleat to disengage. I too have a bit of a toe-out, but it's not enough to inhibit clipping-out.
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you can adjust how the cleat bolts to the bottom of the shoe, shimano spd pedals don't have alot of float, and they will feel like they are pushing your foot into a certain position (whatever position you have the cleat angled to on the bottom of the shoe) crank bros pedals have alot more float, and are just strait up better pedals (i don't care what all you spd-ers say THEY ARE BETTER) but if you want a road pedal the look pedals can have alot of float too, they sell 3 cleats, 0*, 3.5* and 7* of float (i think thats the right numbers) but i assume you want to be able to walk around

btw float= how much side to side play you have
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