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Old 03-29-13, 04:59 PM
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cleat wedges

has anybody used them? My shoes fit my foot very well. But on a bike, my foot starts to develop hotspots. At first, I was riding spd cleats, rode in just about every cleat position there was. I also raised the arch on my insoles. Then, I bought a pair of spd sl pedals/cleats, just to see what it's like. The problem persists, even with the cleats positioned as far back as it was allowed. The hot spot occurs on the outer edges of my feet - to the right of my sole. I've read that cleat wedges are made specifically for this problem, but I've also heard from my local bike shop that they can mess up your knees. My gut feeling tells me to go with wedges. But before spending yet more money on my bike, I'd like some feedback from those who've used these things before.

P.S. Can I use small washers as wedges on spd cleats? Will it slip?
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I had hot spots just like you described, tried different shoes and cleat placements but nothing made a difference. Then I installed cleat shims and that did the trick, haven't had problems with hot spots since. And no knee problems. Give 'em a try, if they don't help or cause you knee problems, just take them out again.

No idea if washers would work.
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Old 03-29-13, 06:21 PM
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great

but if I use wedges on spd cleats, then the shoe would be tilted with respect to the pedal. Wouldn't that pretty much negate the effect of having a platform around the clip in?

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what about insole wedges? Has anybody tried those? I didn't buy them because they were really expensive for what they are. I used duct tape to layer my insoles, which didn't work very well.

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by the way, if you want to save money on those $20 fit in the shoe wedges... just do this.


that's duct tape. I traced the shape with a piece of paper on my computer monitor when I enlarged it to make it fit to scale. I mean sht, $20 for a piece of insole? c'mon...

according to my calculator, this thing gives me 1.9 degree elevation... I don't know if that's too much to start out with. But we'll see tomorrow...
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Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
Wouldn't that pretty much negate the effect of having a platform around the clip in?
Are you asking about how the wedge affects clipping in? If so, yes, I guess it would introduce a little slop but I haven't found it noticeable. And I haven't had any problems with the cleats pulling out unintentionally. YMMV of course.
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for the record, I found this nice little review on wedges, insoles, arch support, the whole nine yards.

http://www.stevehoggbikefitting.com/...-arch-support/
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