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SPD-SL cleat alignment?

SpeedmenaceSpeedmenace Posts: 97
edited June 2011 in Road beginners
Do you turn the cleat inwards to be inline with the shoe or have the cleat dead straight with no turn in angle?

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  • MountainMonsterMountainMonster Posts: 7,423
    Depends on how your physio is. I personally need my shoes pointing out from the bike a little bit to be truely comfortable. Every person is different when it comes to cleat position.

    Play around a bit.
  • MattC59MattC59 Posts: 5,433
    Put your shoes on (before you mount the cleats) and rest them lightly on the pedals with the ball of your foot roughly over the pedal axle. Do a few pedal revolutions (drop the chain off the inner chain ring if you don't have a turbo trainer) then see how your feet sit.

    If your feet sit toe out, heel in, then, as a starting point set your cleats roughly central, but angled with the front of the cleat pointing slightly towards the inside of the shoe. If your feet sit toe in, heel out, then as a starting point, set your cleats roughly central, but with the front of the cleat pointing slightly towards the outside of the shoe.

    This should give you a reasonably good starting point, then go for a ride around the block and see how they feel. You'll probably have to tweak the position a bit, and you'll be able to fel whether you need to move the cleat fore/aft, left/right or tweak the angle slightly.

    Hope this helps,

    Matt
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