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Old 03-16-12, 08:12 PM
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Clipless pedals - newbie question

Hi,

I just installed Shimano clipless pedals on my hybrid. I also installed the cleats on a pair of Shimano cycling shoes. I attempted to put a shoe on the pedal, without wearing it right now because I wanted to make sure I put the cleat on the correct way. However, I cannot get it "snapped" into place on the pedal. What am I doing wrong? Do I need to adjust the tension on the pedal?

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It also usually helps if you are actually wearing the shoe and putting full weight on it to clip in.
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Loosen the tension and leave it fairly loose until you get comfortable using clipless pedals.
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Is it clockwise to loosen the tension. The screw has a "-" and "+" next to it. For the life I cannot get this to work. I did try the shoes on to see if that will work but no go.
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Are you sure you have the cleat mounted to the shoe correctly? See the picture at this link:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sh...cleat-Sole.jpg
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Your legs are a lot stronger than your arms, so it will be tougher to do it by hand. I just tried it on mine and it took a fair amount of elbow grease to do it with my hands.

As others have said, you probably do want to loosen the tension until you get used to them. Be careful, though, because they will then come out easier. Perhaps just do one foot with a cleat until you become accustomed.
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Originally Posted by ottawa_adam
It also usually helps if you are actually wearing the shoe and putting full weight on it to clip in.
LOL, this.

If you want to practice before you ride get on the bike and lean against the wall.
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Go to the Shimano site and download the instructions for the pedals. You really need to have the shoes on. Try it out with the bike in a doorway where you won't tip over.
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Start with your pedals set to a fairly light release / tension and as you ride and get comfortable with un-clipping you can increase the tension / release to maximize performance... you do not want your shoe to release unless you want it to.

If you are looking at the adjustment screw turning it counter clockwise will reduce the spring tension... turning the screw clockwise will increase it.. and if you can lock the shoe in by hand the tension is probably far too light for actual riding.

Cleat position is very important and you will find that more and more shoe makers are offering shoes with more set back than shoes from even a few years back as this has been shown to improve efficiency and reduces strain on the knees.

Look at where your foot usually sits on the pedal when you are riding normal pedals and then see if you can match that with the cleat position.

Note your cleats as Shimano offers single sided and multi release cleats... the conventional cleat requires a heel out motion while the multi release (SM-SH56) will release if you turn your heel in or out which can be important in some situations. The standard cleat is SM SH51,
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Thanks for your replies. Putting on the shoes made the difference. I do need to work on the cleat position but I went out for short ride and made it back home. Dis-engaging from the pedal needs to become natural, kind of like driving a stick shift vehicle.
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Just remember that at some point almost everyone doesn't get unclipped and has an incident. When I had mine, I had to replace my handlebar tape and repair my pride.
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