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Old 08-30-17, 11:17 AM
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This past weekend I was in Wichita Falls Texas for a bike event.

I needed new cleats for my shoes so I was talking to the good folks from Velofix.com.

They told me the way my cleats and pedals wore my road bike is not a proper fit.

A friend that I ride with tell me all of the time I throw out my left thigh while I ride.

My right leg is 5/8 inches shorter than my left. I ware a lift in my shoes. I have tried to add a lift to my bike shoes, not enough room.

The guys at Velofix said I needed to put a lift on my right pedal. Not sure how to do this.

Does anyone have a suggestion for me.

Thanks.
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Originally Posted by buddy
This past weekend I was in Wichita Falls Texas for a bike event.

I needed new cleats for my shoes so I was talking to the good folks from Velofix.com.

They told me the way my cleats and pedals wore my road bike is not a proper fit.

A friend that I ride with tell me all of the time I throw out my left thigh while I ride.

My right leg is 5/8 inches shorter than my left. I ware a lift in my shoes. I have tried to add a lift to my bike shoes, not enough room.

The guys at Velofix said I needed to put a lift on my right pedal. Not sure how to do this.

Does anyone have a suggestion for me.

Thanks.
Google,bicycle cleat shim. I got bike fit brand. Also check,out what is available on YouTube. You will learn a lot.
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What pedal? BITD the French TA company made a premium Toe Clip pedal with a replaceable part that your shoe contacted..

the alternate cage could be taller than the standard height..

raising a SPD Cleat out of the pocket will make you need to raise the shoe sole as well.
since the edges of the sole surrounding the cleat pocket, have to contact the ends of the pedal..

only a 3 bolt Look type cleat could be elevated bu a spacer, but you cant walk on those much,, so bring off the bike shoes...




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I also have a fairly large discrepancy. I put a 3mm cleat shim on the short shoe, which helped a little but interferes with walking. I didn't like the idea of not being able to walk so didn't go any further. It works OK, but I sometimes get a saddle sore on the short side.
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My left leg is slightly longer (not sure how much), and I compensate by moving its cleat a little further back on the shoe, so it's always extended a little farther.
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you can mix crank arm lengths too.. in addition to 170 or 175, there are 177,5 and 172,5, in the top range cranks..
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
you can mix crank arm lengths too.. in addition to 170 or 175, there are 177,5 and 172,5, in the top range cranks..
Except that doesn't solve the problem of different leg lengths.
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Originally Posted by buddy
I ware a lift in my shoes. I have tried to add a lift to my bike shoes, not enough room.

The guys at Velofix said I needed to put a lift on my right pedal. Not sure how to do this.

Does anyone have a suggestion for me.

Thanks.
They call them pedal shims. Basically you just stick them between the cleat and the shoe.

I think the problem you will run into is that the shims are quite thin compared to the distance you need. You might be better served with different thickness pedals or something like that. 5/8" is a lot to shim, so special pedals and/or shoes to accommodate that might be the best approach. (I have a small difference that I never knew existed until I got measured for a bike fitting.)

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