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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-15-2006, 03:38 AM Thread Starter
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Is setting up a clipless pedal cleat pretty much the same as setting up an old toeclip style cleat? Trying to figure out why I had a knee freaking go nuts on me the last time I rode my mtb.
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What exactly was the problem? Are you having a problem with the pedal itself, or that your knee hurts?

You can adjust the cleat to change the position of your foot on the pedal, but it's usually not very much. Maybe 3* side to side, then a half inch front to back.
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What exactly was the problem? Are you having a problem with the pedal itself, or that your knee hurts?

You can adjust the cleat to change the position of your foot on the pedal, but it's usually not very much. Maybe 3* side to side, then a half inch front to back.

Knee feels like someone is turning it around. I located teh cleat like used to on my road bike (still used toeclips. older bike). But the rockhopper had shimano pds style clipless on one side and regular shoe one on the other side. Just trying to eliminate why my knee gave out so fast. Wasnt even hard riding. Just flat paved asphault.
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You may have the same issue as I do. I've got clipless pedals and my left knee used to always hurt. I talked to some knowledgable mtb dudes and they recommended getting a shim for the cleat to tilt my foot a bit. My left foot naturally tilts slightly in (pronates?) so being flat on the clipless pedal put it out of position and made my knee hurt while ridining.

That being said I went to a couple of shops and couldn't find shims so I ended up just working through the pain and now things are kosher.

Maybe you can use your skillz and make one.

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Try riding a regular bike for a while and then notice what poisition your

foot winds up in and how the mechanicas are working ( your leg mechanics ).

Then do the same on the clipless bike.

Clipless pedals lock you into position to a degree, if that position is not natural...... there you go.

Foot rotated to the path of the pedal ? Pronated ? Supinated ?

Adjust as needed.....


Toeclips still allowed for a lot of these movememnts.


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That being said I went to a couple of shops and couldn't find shims so I ended up just working through the pain and now things are kosher.

Maybe you can use your skillz and make one.
We used to make our own using cant strips from snow skis. It was a combo ski/bike shop so we had tons laying around. Check this link, they are halfway down the page.

http://www.tognar.com/binding_tools_...snowboard.html

You need a grinder or a dremel to cut them so they match the cleat, other than that they're pretty easy to make.

Rob, the clipless pedals are made with a certain degree of float so your heel has some twist side to side during the pedal stroke, but it's not nearly as much movement as you would have with a regular platform pedal. You should start by adjusting the cleat. Knee problems also show up fast when the seat height is too low.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-21-2006, 12:55 PM
 
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Sounds like you guys are using the wrong pedals. most of them these days have so much release float that it shouldn't be a problem.
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