SPD cleats getting stuck

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  1. fix

    fix New Member

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    I recently purchased a pair of Ritchey pedals for my road bike. I understand that they use SPD-R style cleats. These are my first set of clipless pedals and I'm struggling with unclipping from the pedals. I get my heel turned out to the side and the shoe gets stuck in that position instead of fully freeing itself from the pedal. Once in this position, I have to use a lot of force to wrench the shoe free from the pedal.

    I have had some success getting the pedals to easily release, but no consistency. When the jam occurs, I'm really stuck and if I were on the road, I would have to fall to the side to stop. Fortunately, I'm on my trainer when this newbie testing is occuring. Otherwise I imagine that they 'd be scraping me from the road right now.

    I suspect that I don't have the cleats properly aligned and this is the reason for my problems. Does anyone have any tips on how to properly set the cleats?
     
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  2. serenaslu

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  4. Eidetic

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    DO NOT pull up, at all. just rotate your heel laterally around the pivot of the ball of your foot. the mechanics of the cleat/pedal interface (an inclined plane) do the work, not your calf muscles. The cleat/pedal i/f is design to STAY engaged on the upstroke, and to disengage on lateral rotation.
     
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    A touch of oil might help as well , these cleats are metal not self - lubing plastic .
     
  6. fix

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    Thanks for the tip. I've been practicing in my trainer and have managed to dieengage smoothly 9 of 10 times. You are right about the "do not pull". That made the big difference. Hopefully I'll keep this in mind when I hit the road. I'm sure that if I forget, I'll hit the road. Stay tuned for my next thread, "I've fallen and I can't get up!"

    Thanks for your tolerance of a newbie's learning experience.
     
  7. Eidetic

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    glad to help. no doubt initially you will have moments of panic as you come to a stop ... if you can't disengage, you are pulling up in panic. collect yourself and rotate your heel out, like you were spinning on a dime.

    you will soon have more trouble trying to quickly engage the cleats than disengage the cleats. for engaging, even the Lance has occasional probs. it's actually a dangerous period ... it's easy to forget about traffic and pedestrians when you're trying to get the damn cleats seated.
     
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