Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Bicycle Mechanics
Reload this Page >

Clipless pedals not engaging.

Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

Clipless pedals not engaging.

Reply

Old 10-11-11, 02:12 PM
  #1  
joeangelo
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
joeangelo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: LBC
Posts: 16

Bikes: Leader 725

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Clipless pedals not engaging.

About 7 months ago I bought my first road clipless pedals (Shimano 105). I had no trouble at all clipping in and out during those 7 months. Recently I started developing knee pains, so I adjusted the cleat positioning on my shoes. Now I cannot, for the life of me, clip into the pedals. So far, I tried loosening the tension, putting grease on the cleats, and switching right and left cleats, all to no avail. I can't even clip in while standing on the pedals, pushing a fairly big gear up hill.
Anyone experience this/have a solution?
(Shimano 105 PD-5700)
joeangelo is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-11, 02:20 PM
  #2  
jim p
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 1,036
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Put the cleats back where they were and then only make small movements of the cleats. It sounds like you moved the cleats so far that they can't line up with the pedals.
jim p is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-11, 02:33 PM
  #3  
Ex Pres 
#39
 
Ex Pres's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Mountain Brook, AL
Posts: 7,006
Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 306 Post(s)
I'd monkey with your cleat placement first. It sounds like you've done something, but I can't really imagine what that is with a surface-mount system like SPD-SL.

Can you clip the shoe in while you're off the bike and out of the shoes? That way you may be able to see what's happening.(BTW, I wouldn't advise doing this with an unmounted cleat, leave it on the shoe.)

Edit: I'm trying to imagine how this would happen. Did you move the cleat all the way "back" on the shoe? Possibly this would keep the back of the pedal from rotating up into the cleat, even with pressure applied?

It's possible that they're just worn out. They shouldn't be in 7 months, and I doubt that this is your current issue. But when the time comes, and you can't clip anymore, it's time to replace.
__________________
72 Frejus, Holdsworth Record & special CNC / 74 Italvega NR / c80 ?French? / 82 Raleigh Intl MkII / 83 Trek 620 / 87 Centurion IM MV / 03 Casati Dardo / 08 BF IRO / 09 Dogma FPX / 10 Vassago Fisticuff

For Sale: 1996 Litespeed Classic DA/Ult really nice, threadless fork upgrade;
frame/fork: c'84 Gianni Motta

Last edited by Ex Pres; 10-11-11 at 02:38 PM.
Ex Pres is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-11, 02:58 PM
  #4  
joeangelo
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
joeangelo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: LBC
Posts: 16

Bikes: Leader 725

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have never been able to clip the shoe in by hand while off the bike; I always had to be on the bike pushing off in order to clip in. As for cleat positioning, I only moved the cleat towards the very front of the shoe, no lateral adjustments at all.
joeangelo is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-11, 04:46 PM
  #5  
CACycling
Senior Member
 
CACycling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Oxnard, CA
Posts: 4,564

Bikes: '08 Fuji Roubaix RC; '07 Schwinn Le Tour GS; '92 Diamond Back Ascent EX

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Originally Posted by joeangelo View Post
I have never been able to clip the shoe in by hand while off the bike; I always had to be on the bike pushing off in order to clip in.
Even if you can't get it to engage that way, you should be able to see what the issue is. Try putting the tip of the cleat in and, while holding the shoe against the pedal, rotate the pedal and try to look from all angles. Also, cycle the retention mechanism on the pedal to make sure it is free.
CACycling is offline  
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service