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Old 12-31-12, 04:34 PM
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Cleat adjustment help

Hi all,

Just received my new S-Works shoes and put on the cleats. Wondering if there are any tricks for Solo aligning them, I have no shop nearby (I'll get sized and fit properly on a new bike in the Spring), and nobody to really help me. The old cleats were aligned with me at a shop over 6 years ago.

The pedals are Shimano Dura Ace 7800
Cleats are Shimano with the yellow tabs which I think denotes float.
I have the pedals adjusted to an average tension, I seem to have float in both left and right.

Would appreciate any advice!
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Here is a link and there are some youtube video's also

http://www.pccglobal.com/outdoors/cy...tall/index.php
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thanks so much!
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My son and I use a magic marker to outline the old cleat position before removing it, then put the new one into the silhouette.
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Originally Posted by mkadam68 View Post
My son and I use a magic marker to outline the old cleat position before removing it, then put the new one into the silhouette.
that's a good idea, however it doesn't work when you're changing shoes.

I'd put your existing shoes into the pedal, note the position of the pedal axle in relation to the ball of your foot, the distance of the shoe from the crank arm, and the angle of the shoe (i.e straight, heel in, heel out).

Then I'd put the cleat on the new shoe, and mimic those postions as best as possible. Ride a bit and fine tune.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
that's a good idea, however it doesn't work when you're changing shoes.

I'd put your existing shoes into the pedal, note the position of the pedal axle in relation to the ball of your foot, the distance of the shoe from the crank arm, and the angle of the shoe (i.e straight, heel in, heel out).

Then I'd put the cleat on the new shoe, and mimic those postions as best as possible. Ride a bit and fine tune.
+1 on this. This is how I set up cleats on new shoes as well. To get the ball of foot position right, measure your old cleats+shoes from the heel of the shoe to the back of the cleat.
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thanks again. A little late for the last suggestion, you know how it is, excitement of new shoes the first thing I did was rip the cleats off the old. I used the link from above though and think I've got the basics. cleat seems much more forward than before but that's probably because they were poorly set. with the float on the cleats I hope to be fine until Spring on fine tuning. Once I get the new bike I'll get professionally fit again.
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