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DIY Cleat Shims?

freehubfreehub Posts: 4,257
edited July 2010 in Workshop
Is this possible and safe?

I need to raise my left leg abit as it's shorter than my right, I've got SPD-SL pedals/cleats

Anyone tried it themselves?


Thanks.

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  • topdudetopdude Posts: 1,557
    No reason why not if you can find some plastic material or aluminium the right thickness and cut it to shape.
    You will probably need longer bolts though.
    He is not the messiah, he is a very naughty boy !!
  • fast as fuppfast as fupp Posts: 2,277
    freehub wrote:
    Is this possible and safe?

    I need to raise my left leg abit as it's shorter than my right, I've got SPD-SL pedals/cleats

    Anyone tried it themselves?


    Thanks.

    yes its easy at first but after a while i tend to lose balance.
    'dont forget lads, one evertonian is worth twenty kopites'
  • freehubfreehub Posts: 4,257
    freehub wrote:
    Is this possible and safe?

    I need to raise my left leg abit as it's shorter than my right, I've got SPD-SL pedals/cleats

    Anyone tried it themselves?


    Thanks.

    yes its easy at first but after a while i tend to lose balance.

    Is that a failed attempt at sarcasm?
  • staggerstagger Posts: 116
    freehub wrote:
    freehub wrote:
    Is this possible and safe?

    I need to raise my left leg abit as it's shorter than my right, I've got SPD-SL pedals/cleats

    Anyone tried it themselves?


    Thanks.

    yes its easy at first but after a while i tend to lose balance.

    Is that a failed attempt at sarcasm?

    No, a successful one....

    I've used some plastic washers and some longer bolts in the past and also made a cleat -ish shaped shim from a 2mm thick metal sheet. gave up on it in the end though- just accepted that i set the seat height for my shorter leg. tbh if there isnt a huge difference you can probbaly manage.. If you want to gt it right you prob need a bike fit?
  • fast as fuppfast as fupp Posts: 2,277
    freehub wrote:
    freehub wrote:
    Is this possible and safe?

    I need to raise my left leg abit as it's shorter than my right, I've got SPD-SL pedals/cleats

    Anyone tried it themselves?


    Thanks.

    yes its easy at first but after a while i tend to lose balance.

    Is that a failed attempt at sarcasm?

    i dont tend to lose my balance when im on my bike though.

    unlike some. :lol:
    'dont forget lads, one evertonian is worth twenty kopites'
  • freehubfreehub Posts: 4,257
    stagger wrote:
    freehub wrote:
    freehub wrote:
    Is this possible and safe?

    I need to raise my left leg abit as it's shorter than my right, I've got SPD-SL pedals/cleats

    Anyone tried it themselves?


    Thanks.

    yes its easy at first but after a while i tend to lose balance.

    Is that a failed attempt at sarcasm?

    No, a successful one....

    I've used some plastic washers and some longer bolts in the past and also made a cleat -ish shaped shim from a 2mm thick metal sheet. gave up on it in the end though- just accepted that i set the seat height for my shorter leg. tbh if there isnt a huge difference you can probbaly manage.. If you want to gt it right you prob need a bike fit?

    2cm difference here.
  • jswbajswba Posts: 491
    I put a few bits of cardboard underneath the inner sole inside the shoe. Works for me.
  • John.TJohn.T Posts: 3,698
    No way you can cover 2cm difference with shims. Just set the saddle height for the average and learn to live with it. Very few people have exactly the same length legs although the difference is often due to bad posture. Sort that and they will be close.
    Or fit a shorter crank on the short leg side. :wink:
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