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Old 06-09-07, 07:05 PM
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Can you help me install clipless pedals and cleats?

Hey, my honey bought me some Sette' shoes and wellgo mg-8 (spd) pedals and I need help.
With the right tools, I'm pretty sure I can install the pedals, but the shoes and cleats have me confused.
One set of instructions looks like it has the cleat washers mounted inside the shoes under the pads, the other has the washers on the bottom of the shoe. Can anyone talk me through this process? I know this is a simple procedure, but ya gotta know me. I have never used clipless before and I'm pretty excited about it but I dont want to mess things up. Also, I noticed that the cleats dont fit in the pedals, back the screws out? Is this how you adjust the tension?

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Old 06-09-07, 07:21 PM
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On the pedals! You should remember that the right hand pedal has right hand threads and the left hand pedal has left hand threads. You can instal the pedals with an open end wrench if the wrench head is narrow enough. However I would advise you to buy a special pedal wrench because it will make life so much easier and secure. I am baffeled by your question about the washers. You would expect them to be next to a nut or a threaded sleeve. I don't have Sette' shoes.
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[QUOTE=1bluetrek... Also, I noticed that the cleats dont fit in the pedals, back the screws out? Is this how you adjust the tension?

Thanks a bunch
Eric[/QUOTE]


Correct, that screw is most likely tension adjustment. Mine (Shimano) have a "+" and "-" to indicate more and less release tension, respectively. I suggest you make them as loose as possible when you start with clipless. The cleats won't look like they should fit the pedal; however when you step down into the pedal, the rear part of the pedal will pivot, allowing the cleat to enter the pedal and the rear part of the pedal will snap back into the original position, securing the cleat/shoe to the pedal.
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Beforew you screw the pedals into the cranks, put anti-seize compoudn or grease on the threads. Otherwise you will find it next to impossible to remove the pedals later when you need to replace them. With my shoes theere was a piece of rubber in the sole that I had to cut out to fit the cleats. The platre with 2 threaded holes went on the inside under the insole.
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Originally Posted by 1bluetrek
Also, I noticed that the cleats dont fit in the pedals, back the screws out? Is this how you adjust the tension?
Don't be in a hurry to adjust things. Clipless pedals require a lot of force to clip in (= your bodyweight). A gentle push with your hand is nowhere near enough and that's normal. Actually, don't clip the cleats in there before you bolt them to the shoes or you'll have quite a job on your hands when you try to wrestle them out.

As to the washer, can't tell what you mean w/o pics. Some cleats come with a spacer sheet of sorts that's sorta optional.
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