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More float = VMO pain??

Old 10-13-15, 10:23 PM
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More float = VMO pain??

Hi everyone,

First year cyclist here, still trying to understand my body mechanics. I've been riding 3-5 hours a week since approximately May, usually averaging 40-60 miles per week over 2 or 3 rides. In July I developed a lot of float in my right pedal and immediately started having knee and quad pain in my right leg. I ended up addressing this by switching over to some Shimano PD-M520 pedals at my LBS. Problem solved, right? Well, one thing I didn't do was get refit with the new cleats and pedals. Over the past 1-2 months the knee/quad pain returned, along with float in the new pedals. I immediately assumed the pain was due to my cleat position changing with the pedal swap.

Last week I got a second fitting from another LBS and while I was on the trainer I noticed that my foot position was much more comfortable however we ended up increasing the float as part of the fit. I went out on a ride today and only 15-20 minutes in I noticed the knee/quad pain was back. What it appears to be is that my VMO is getting extremely tight in my right leg. I've tried resting for several weeks, foam rolled the crap out of my leg, tried all sorts of pre and post ride stretches,have had fits at two different LBS and without increasing my mileage or intensity I'm getting worse and worse pain. The only thing I haven't done is tried swapping out my pedals to get back to having very little float like I did when I initially went clipless. Has anyone experienced a situation like this before? I can find very little on VMO pain and both my LBS seem to think that more float would reduce that type of irritation.
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Some people do better with zero float. Zero float pedals are made for SPD as well as 6° float cleats.
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy
Some people do better with zero float. Zero float pedals are made for SPD as well as 6° float cleats.
I tried zero float cleats but I was actually able to move my feet several degrees. Does this indicate something is defective or worn with the pedals?

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Originally Posted by Runner84
I tried zero float cleats but I was actually able to move my feet several degrees. Does this indicate something is defective or worn with the pedals?
Something odd going on for sure. Either worn pedals or loose cleats. Since your float seemed to increase with time, my guess would be loose cleats.
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