Clipless pedals and knees!!!

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  1. markwill

    markwill New Member

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    A buddy of mine lent me a pair of SPD shoes today, which I can use with my one-sided SPD pedals on my Giant OCR1. Wow - what a difference!!!! The extra power I got going up hills was WAY more than I anticipated - I was positively cruising up a rather long hill. I got my time down from 59:45 on a 4 mile pretty hill ride to 58:15 (which includes a long wait at a traffic light). I was blown away by the improvement. And, yes, I went through my initiation by falling off on one of my first attempts, but thankfully this was in my driveway so I didn't look too foolish :) Sadly, the fall gashed my Integra right hand brake/shifter and there may be some damage but the ride didn't expose this.

    Anyway, to my question. I must confess that I did struggle a little with getting the shoes engaged and out as I rode. However, I think I'll get used to this over time. What worries me is that my left foot (the left one in particular) seemed to be pointing in to a greater extent than I when had the shoe engaged, more so than without clipless pedals. Although the pain wasn't significant, I did have some discomfort in my left knee from the apparently unnatural angle for my foot.

    Is this normal with clipless or should I be adjusting so that the shoes is angled as they would without clipless pedals?

    Thanks.

    Mark
     
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  2. e_guevara

    e_guevara New Member

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    It's not natural for your knees to hurt, but quite common...

    You've got to adjust the cleat position so that it locks your foot into a position that you can pedal comfortably in. One way is to sit on a table or similar so that your feet dangle, and then adjust the cleats so that they point forward when your feet are relaxed.

    Personally, I find that I need a pedal system with loads of float in it to ride comfortably so I've ditched the SPDs and gone over to Crank Bros Eggbeaters.
     
  4. cydewaze

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    What they've said about aligning the cleat is spot on. I use Speedplays, so no alignment is necessary. You just bolt the cleats up and ride (although you do need to get the fore/aft position right), and you get tons of float. When I switched to the Zeros, I needed to back the limiter screw out on the left pedal to give me a bit more float, because I ride kind of "pidgeon toed" with that foot.
     
  5. sphen138

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    i use speedplay x/2's, and they are the best pedal i've ever ridden. i like them better than the zero's, because they are more simple and the float is limitless. a real knee-saver.
     
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