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Cleat Placement Question

Old 05-04-10, 07:35 PM
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Cleat Placement Question

I just got my first set of clipless pedals and shoes this week and I was wondering where the proper placement for the cleats should be. I have Shimano R540 SPD-SL pedals with 3-bolt cleats on Specialized road shoes. The cleats have a 15mm front to back range, and currently I have them set back all the way so that they are closer to the ball of my foot. Should they be there, or closer to my toes, or is there really no "right" position - just whatever feels best?
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Old 05-04-10, 07:39 PM
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depends on a few thins......Type of riding TT/Tri verse road racing vs. touring .........I was recently reading an article on the issue that said closer to the middle is better for TT/Tri's and closer to the toes just the opposite.....What ever feels better is the answer
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I'd also like to know, i did a 53 mile ride on Sunday for the first time with clipless and my feet were numb half the ride, any way to relieve this.
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Make sure your shoes aren't snugged too tightly.
Decreased blood circulation will cause numbness. Feet may tend to swell during the ride.
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I mostly just do recreational riding between 10-20 miles with a few longer rides every so often. The toes on my left foot started getting a little numb today after about 10 miles. I'll try loosening the velcro a little next time.
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I'd also like to know, i did a 53 mile ride on Sunday for the first time with clipless and my feet were numb half the ride, any way to relieve this.
I fixed that by putting in custom insoles (not the multi-hundred-dollar stuff, just some heat-moldable ones that I stuck in my toaster oven). I'd think that cleat placement affects leg muscles and joints more than just the feet.

I haven't slid my cleats around at all, though -- I just have them halfway along the slots in the shoe.
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I was experience hotspots with my pedals/cleats, so I moved them all the way back (I'm 6' 4") and it has totally eliminated that problem. I think cleat placement varies from person to person.
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Usually, the further back cleats are, the less risk there is of biomechanical issues arising. People who suffer from achilles tendon problems, hotspots, numbness and foot cramps often see improvements after moving their cleats back somewhat.
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Cleat position is so tricky.
It can also be a function of other 'fit' issues on the bike.
All I can say is you'll know when it's wrong.
If you don't have knee issues on rides, then tinker with it till you have no pain and a maximum of power.
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