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Road Bike Shoes Tips

Old 01-21-11, 06:24 PM
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Road Bike Shoes Tips

I recently got clip-ons and got them installed. But i notice i can slighty twist my shoe in the pedal, i didnt know if it was supposed to do this or is there a way to tighten so it doesnt do that, is is it like that for a reason.
-Thanks for help
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Old 01-21-11, 06:54 PM
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modern cleats allow a certain amount of "float".. this is so that the foot does not go thru entire crank revolutions with the foot in a completely fixed position as this can cause knee damage.

what pedal system are we dealing with? my speedplays allow for as much float as I need.... but still keep my feet on the pedals
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Old 01-21-11, 07:10 PM
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Float is good. If you're noticing your feet moving around a lot during the pedal stroke it's time to work on your form! Practice spinning at higher RPMs.
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Old 01-22-11, 01:15 AM
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im using Look Keo Classic pedals, and Northwave Veritgo Pro shoes, but okay, it would make since that it has a float then, and i probably have to work on form too since im new to the clip-ins. Thanks guys, appreciate it
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Old 01-22-11, 05:58 AM
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Keos have three float options. You get the cleat to set the float you want.
You can get 0, 4.5 and 9 degree float cleats.
https://www.lookcycle.com/en/us/route...keo-cleat.html
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Old 01-23-11, 12:08 AM
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so if i want to make it float less, im assuming i jsut tighten/loosen the actual pedal, or is it the placement on my cleat?
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Old 01-23-11, 12:21 AM
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For looks, the float is determined by the cleat. Red has the highest, grey is half that of red, and black has none. Generally no float is hard on the knees. Looks come with the grey cleats, so that's probably what you have, and unless your knees are giving you trouble, they should do just fine (other than the fact that the cleats are cheap and fall apart quickly in my experience). The tightness of the pedal (adjusted by an allen wrench in the back of the pedal) determines how difficult it is to engage/disengage the cleat from the pedal. This is all readily available online, in the manual that comes with the book, and the bit about float was posted several hours before you did. I recommend you do some reading on your pedals.
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Old 01-23-11, 12:42 AM
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o okay, that makes since now. But yeah, i have been reading the manuals and stuff and its making better since lol Thanks for your help though and the tips.
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Also, make sure the cleat is fastened tightly to the shoe. I used to wear Look reds and enjoyed the float, but onceI found a cleat had loosened up to the point it was moving on the shoe, rather than in the pedal - yikes......
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