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another knee + cleats positioning question

Old 04-07-09, 10:42 AM
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another knee + cleats positioning question

Just looking for some general pointers. I have Specialized shoes, SPD-SL yellow (float) cleats, SPD-SL ultegra pedals.

The shoes + pedals are new to me, and I recently started riding again after taking it easy during the winter. My cleats are positioned to allow me to pedal slightly pigeon-toed, which is how I walk . I'm trying to work on my pedal stroke and I think only when I pull-up on the pedal, I feel a slight discomfort (maybe stretch) on the inside (side closest to frame) of the lower part my left knee. The right side is perfectly fine.

It is not a pain, but I just want to prevent it from becoming anything more the discomfort it is. Any thoughts?

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Old 04-07-09, 11:12 AM
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I just did a lot of tweaking. Lots of minor adjustments until it felt good. Then I just traced the pattern of the cleat on soles
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I was looking at this image, and I think the stretching I'm feeling is that of the medial collateral ligament (MCL). I saw this site that talks about common knee pains and how to adjust cleats, it suggests moving my cleat outward, so I will be trying that.

Anyone else have suggestions for a slight strain on the MCL? Is it just a question of stretching?

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you need cleat wedges. line your cleats up straight and wedge the outside
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could you seat be a little bit too high? not so high that it causes hip rocking so you wouldn't notice except after a long ride
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Thanks for the tips so far... the cleats, shoes, and pedals are new to me (yay upgrades), so I'm hoping I can fine tune the adjustment in the cleat positioning w/o having to buy wedges. I'll also take a good look at my seat in case that helps.

I'm particularly curious of what other kind of tweaks I can do since this strain generally presents itself when I pull up on the pedal, not when I push down.
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