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Old 07-07-05, 08:10 AM
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Clip position

I have recently moved to a road bike using clipped pedals. Having had 2 1/2 years of riding a Mountain bike at what I have been told are literally impossible speeds it is kind of nice to be able to go really fast on a road bike. One thing I have noticed however is that while using 3rd and largest gear my knees seem to be taking an unusual kind of pressure, so while its not difficult and I'm not mashing gears it still puts a strange type of pressure on my knees.

I've flipped my clipped shoes upside down and I saw that the right clip is drastically forward more so then the left clip. Now I had gotten a fitting at my bike shop but should I be worried about that or the odd knee pain?
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When you had your fitting at the bike shop, did they adjust your cleats for you at all? If not, I'd go back and find out if they do that. A higher quality fitting will address cleat position too, as this can do a lot of damage to your knees and other joints. You want the cleat mounted on the shoe so that the ball of your foot is directly over the pedal axle. While both cleats may not be exactly in the same position, they should be close.
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