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    Is muscle soreness common after switching to clips/clipless?

    About a week or so ago I stop using platforms, and began using toe-clips for my 18 mi. round trip commute and longer weekend rides. Now my muscles ache daily; nothing too painful, just a steady throb, and I'm wondering if this is relatively normal, and if the soreness will pass. Thanks in advance!

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    which muscles?

    my calfs and shins felt abit sore to start with, but cleared up after a few rides. reason being you can use your calfs more when clipped.

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    That makes sense, and yes, my calves are definitely sore, though my quads are as well, though not to the same extent.

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    You probably did this but I'll mention it anyway. My experience when I changed was that I needed to adjust saddle height and location to accommodate the changes in potitioning of my feet relative to the pedals. It may be a small thing, but it can make a big difference when riding a good deal. If you haven't done it, I suggest you reassess your bike fit in light of different shoes and pedals. It may help. Actually, the positioning of the cips on your shoes may have altered the contact point of your feet with the pedal axle as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by webist
    You probably did this but I'll mention it anyway. My experience when I changed was that I needed to adjust saddle height and location to accommodate the changes in potitioning of my feet relative to the pedals. It may be a small thing, but it can make a big difference when riding a good deal. If you haven't done it, I suggest you reassess your bike fit in light of different shoes and pedals. It may help. Actually, the positioning of the cips on your shoes may have altered the contact point of your feet with the pedal axle as well.
    This was my first thought too. Even very small changes in where your feet are positioned on the pedals make a huge difference as to how you feel and perform.

    Regards, Anthony

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    Good points! I'll try making some subtle seat adjustments over the next few days. Thanks!

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