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Old 05-26-09, 08:46 AM
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Can't clip in

Hi, I'm a roadie that just bought a new Specialized FSR XC Pro to do a bit of off road riding. I had the LBS put on a set of Shimano PD-M545 pedals. I have a set of Bondrager Race mountain bike shoes that I have my clips on, but I can not clip in. Once I have the front of the clip engaged the rear will not engage. It appears the clip is to far beneath the sole to get the clip the entire way in. Anyone else have an issue with these pedals? Is it the shoe or is it the pedal design. I had been using the shoes for spinning and they clip in well on the machines at the gym.
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Old 05-26-09, 11:31 AM
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I'm no expert on clip ins. especially considering the last time I even rode a bike was 8 years ago. But can't you loosen the clips on the pedals? I use to BMX, I never used clip ins but I had friends who did, I thought I remembered them being able to loosen them for easier clip in and out.
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Old 05-26-09, 12:26 PM
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Try loosening the spring tension. I have mine set tight, so I have troubles getting in when I'm tired.
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Old 05-26-09, 12:54 PM
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First off, turn the pedal tension all the way down until you get used to the SPD mechanism. Second, some shoes do have soles that get in the way. You can shave down the rubber with a razor or something to give you the extra clearance, or get new shoes. Good luck.
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You could install a spacer to move the cleat away from the shoe. You are using SPD cleats...right?
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Tried a spacer yesterday and did not have enough screw length. Will try playing with tension tonight. Also thought about shaving down some of the sole with the belt sander, or new shoes. Will investigate further tonight.
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Take the 545's back to the LBS andd buy a set of 520's or 440's. It looks to me that the pedal cage is way to big.
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Don't mean to hijack the thread, but I've got a similar problem.

I bought these Exustar SM-102 shoes and some Crank Bros Premium cleats to use on my Crank Bros Candy pedals.

But I can't clip in. I tried using the shims too, but I still can't clip in. I can engage either the front or the rear, and then I can't get the other side in... it's almost like the cleat is too big for the pedals!

I'm really confused and new to this whole thing. Are my pedals even working correctly (the "beater" parts don't "spread" when downward pressure is applied to them.. is this correct?)?

Help is much appreciated.
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