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No float, Could mess up my knees?

Old 03-01-05, 12:51 AM
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No float, Could mess up my knees?

Say I'm doing 200+ miles a week in my spd pedals. My knees haven't really given my much trouble, but could it cause trouble in the long run? I was properly fitted at a bike shop, so that shouldn't be a problem. Anyone had any problems with no float and got better pedals?
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No float can cause long lasting problems with knees, ankles, and even hips depending on your body structure if your cleats aren't setup properly. But if done properly, no float will actually cause less damage than even small amounts of float in the long run.

Your body will tell you STRAIGHT AWAY if your cleats are badly positioned. The signals will usually be in the form of pain or a 'twisting' feeling in or around the knee joint. If this happens you need to get on your trainer and reset the cleat positioning immediately. NOTE: This feeling might not come on until after you are off the bike so take care, especially when fitting new shoes or cleats.

Signals relating to poor fore/aft positioning can include soreness in the foot, hamstings or calves. Make sure the cleat is positioned correctly under the ball of your foot. If you feel tightness or pain in the hamstrings don't immediately go for the cleats. Check that your saddle height, tilt, and fore/aft position are correct first.

Sometimes you can get your cleats positioned only slightly out of kilter. In this case you won't get immediate or clear signals from your body. It may take some time for a slight twinge to develop within the knee joint, or you might notice an irregularity in your pedal stroke after many miles. If this happens you can work out what to adjust by yourself, but it is recommended that you see a fit specialist (no, that doesn't mean LBS)
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I've recently changed from spd to spdsl on my race bike (actually my commuter still has the spd's) and I'm finding no problems at all except that I now think that the amount of float is a negative. I'm continually having to consciously remember to locate my foot for best toe in. I think I'd like to have the cleat fixed in that position so I can remove that distraction.
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