Look Cleat Colours

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  1. Chris Bryson

    Chris Bryson New Member

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    Hi All
    I,m am aged thick newbie who has just started cycling again after a long number of years and I am am a bit confused by things that wern't invented many years ago.
    What do the different colours on look cleats mean?. I see ads on e-bay for road pedals where the cleat colour is specified. This appears to be important for functioning but why and how?

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  2. BugMan

    BugMan New Member

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    With Look pedals, the red cleats allow some lateral rotation by the shoe in the pedal (good for the knees) while the black cleats are fixed in place (some people prefer this).

    Welcome back to this wonderful sport!
     
  3. rickt

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    While the cleats with lateral movement are, theoretically, better for the knees. It must be pointed out that, even with lateral movement, if the cleat position is incorrect it can still cause knee problems. From another perspective, if in the past you used the old clips and straps method and therefore don't like the feel of lateral movement, don't even entertain the idea of anything else. I tried a set of look pedals and, even using black cleats, hated the instability so much that I threw them in the rubbish. Not to mention pulling out of them when sprinting to road signs while training.
     
  4. BugMan

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    Dude! Pulling out during sprints is NOT normal - either you're pedals were faulty or your cleats were too worn. I've used Look in the past and now ride SPD-SLs - when you're in, you're in! A simple twist outward with the heal releases you.

    I would never recommend somebody use the old clips and straps pedals! If you don't like lateral float, go clipless with fixed cleats.

    Chris - make sure you get the cleats positioned by an expert at your LBS, then trace the outline of the cleat on the sole of your shoe with a permanent marker. When you need to replace your cleats, just fit them into the outline.
     
  5. rickt

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    Dude! In actual fact pulling out with Look pedals is extremely common in track racing or in road sprints by track specialists. I have been racing for 34 years and have seen a lot of people pull out of their pedals when accelerating. Of these at least 90% were using strapless pedals of some sort and of these the majority were Look. If you are not familiar with track
    "SPECIALISTS," we tend to have a different technique accelerating. Most often (especially sprinters like myself) we develope a far more explosive style of accelerating. The pedals I used were not faulty, but the technique I use for accelerating resulted in the back plate of the pedal being forced back, causing the front of the cleat to simply lift out of its locator on the pedal. If you doubt what I am saying then may I suggest that you contact Administrator Steve from this website. When he lived in my area I was his coach and we actually trained together occasionally.
     
  6. BugMan

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    Sorry rickt - I was fooled into thinking Chris Bryson was looking for newbie-appropriate advice, given his use of the term 'aged thick newbie'. Since, as it turns out, we're giving 'track specialist' advice on this thread, I'll defer to your vastly more experienced opinion.
     
  7. Chris Bryson

    Chris Bryson New Member

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    Hi
    Thanks for all the replies, very helpful. A question for dude-what is the correct position? Presumably everyone has a slightly different natural foot position on the pedal so the cleat has to be adjusted to take account of this.
    Just to clarify the aged thick bit-57 with leukaemia ( in remission), that's enough I don't want a triple bypass as well hence back to the bike

    Chris
     
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