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Old 10-12-05, 03:58 PM
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Hi, I'm Ron, in Houston TX, and as soon as I found this Forum I knew I would like it. I'll need to learn what the abbreviations mean, unless hopefully there's a glossary around here somewhere. I think I've figured out LBS = Local Bicycle Shop? Another Forum I belong to uses a similar abbreviation, LBC, but with a very different meaning (Little British Car). I'm an urbanite from Philadelphia who has ridden road bikes since I got my Astra Tour de France ten speed in high school. Hopefully I can contribute to this forum, but I'm sure I'll have a lot of questions, starting with this one: I just got my first pair of shoes/cleats/clipless pedals and I need someone to explain to me how they are supposed to work. I think the three are a compatible set. I trusted a bike shop to set me up without doing a lot of research. I think this is entry level stuff, but that's okay with me right now. The shoes are Shimano SPD-SL (SH-RA80), Shimano Dura-Ace SM-SH11 cleats, Shimano PD-1056 pedals. The pedals came with the 1984 Mercian I bought four years ago, but I don't know how old the pedals are. I just put them back on the bike 'cuz I got tired of toe clips. I know Dura-Ace is top of the line, but...here's my question(s)..what is meant by float? Shop mech said click out to the right? Mode settings of "S" and "M"? Can someone shed some light on this for an experienced rider who just entered the world of clipless pedals. Thanks
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Hi, Ron,

Welcome to the forum. You'll probably get a faster response on the pedal setup if you post your question over in the Road Biking forum. Here's what little I can offer as I'm not familiar with your setup: "Float" is the twisting that your foot can do without popping out of the pedal. Some pedals offer a lot, some only a little, some none at all. You'll tend to find that folks with knee problems prefer pedals with some float. How much float is a personal preference. "Clicking out to the right" would be to twist your heal out to the right to release.

Anyhow, welcome!

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Old 10-12-05, 06:27 PM
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Hi Ron. I'm Ron in Atlanta.


The pedals look a lot like today's Dura-Ace pedals and similar to Look pedals.
http://austin.craigslist.org/bik/102674987.html

The M and S indicate the direction to turn the tension adjustment screw. It sets the ease or difficulty you'll have getting your shoe out of the pedal when you're coming to a stop and need to put your foot down so you don't fall over.
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Thaks gentlemen, for your replies. Ron, that's exactly the pedals I have. I suppose I'll do some experimental adjustments, fall over a few times, then go to Dan Boone Cycles and get fitted up...thanks again.
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Welcome, or should I say Howdy Neighbor!

Maybe I'll see ya on the roads or trails someday.
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