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Old 06-16-11, 12:58 PM
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New shoes - knee pain

Hi all,

I just got some new shoes and have started experiencing knee pain. I'm assuming this is down to cleat positioning.

Basically I have pain in the left knee at the bottom-front of the knee cap and in the right knee at the bottom-front and more recently top-right of the knee cap.

Which way do I need to move my cleats?

Also any good tips on general cleat positioning?

Thanks

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Old 06-16-11, 01:26 PM
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There are multiple factors involved, especially your seat height & position. However, the default answer is to move the cleats away from your toes (i.e. foot gets slid forward on the pedal). Give that a try and if it doesn't work then you'll need to look into your seat position + cleat location.
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Old 06-16-11, 01:58 PM
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seat position is fine - I never had this issue with my other shoes. Will give that a try, thanks.
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Are the cleats positioned so your foot is on the pedal at the same angle and not with your heel more inward or outward?
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Position the cleats so your feet are in the same position as they were with the old shoes.
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Old 06-17-11, 05:50 AM
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Are you recently riding a lot longer and/or harder than you've been? Sometimes this kind of knee pain comes from ramping up distance or effort too quickly.
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Old 06-17-11, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
Are you recently riding a lot longer and/or harder than you've been? Sometimes this kind of knee pain comes from ramping up distance or effort too quickly.
Nope same distance and effort.

Have taken a 3 day break from the bike and will reposition and try again next week!

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Old 06-17-11, 01:15 PM
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How much float do you have? Too little float can cause problems. Some shoes need a shim under the cleat to preserve float.
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Old 06-18-11, 02:23 AM
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I have egg beater pedals so they have a decent amount of float - I also use a shim underneath
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Old 06-19-11, 07:19 AM
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Think I have found the issue. When adjusting my cleats I found that they were pointing outwards too much, there were marks in the cleats where I had been trying to point my foot in. Have adjusted them to hold my foot straight so hopefully that will work
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