New cleats + new shoes + new pedals = nightmare

migrantwing
migrantwing Posts: 385
edited October 2012 in Workshop
Recently bought some new Shimano multi release cleats (SPD), MD 540 pedals and some R087 shoes. Was going to go for a ride today but I found it so hard to clip in and unclip that it put me off for fear of being locked to my bike.

Any suggestions on how to loosen new SPD pedals?
Ghost Race 5000 (2011) Shimano 105 Black
Carrera TDF (2007)

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Comments

  • BikeSwan
    BikeSwan Posts: 260
    On the MD540's (as with any Shimano pedal) there is a retention adjuster on the side of the pedal. Get the right size allen key or torx key and you can adjust the amount of force it takes to clip in and unclip. Also make sure the cleats are sufficiently tight because that can be a source of clip-in problems. Also make sure you adjust each pedal the same, it would suck if you made the left pedal really loose, and the right pedal really firm!
  • The Mechanic
    The Mechanic Posts: 1,277
    I would also suggest that Shimano R087 shoes are not ideal for SPD pedals. Although the shoe has fittings for SPD cleats, they are primarily a road shoe designed for SPD-SL cleats. This could be part of the problem.
    I have only two things to say to that; Bo***cks
  • BikeSwan wrote:
    On the MD540's (as with any Shimano pedal) there is a retention adjuster on the side of the pedal. Get the right size allen key or torx key and you can adjust the amount of force it takes to clip in and unclip. Also make sure the cleats are sufficiently tight because that can be a source of clip-in problems. Also make sure you adjust each pedal the same, it would suck if you made the left pedal really loose, and the right pedal really firm!

    I've double checked the adjuster, BikeSwan. Definitely not that. Maybe because everything is new, it's gonna take some time to 'work-in' and loosen a bit.
    Ghost Race 5000 (2011) Shimano 105 Black
    Carrera TDF (2007)

    http://www.bike-discount.de/#

    http://www.bike24.com/
  • I would also suggest that Shimano R087 shoes are not ideal for SPD pedals. Although the shoe has fittings for SPD cleats, they are primarily a road shoe designed for SPD-SL cleats. This could be part of the problem.

    I failed to mention that I also have cleat stabilisers fitted which offer a platform that helps with stability when walking. These also act as a guide for the cleats to 'find home' so to speak. You're point is a valid one, though.
    Ghost Race 5000 (2011) Shimano 105 Black
    Carrera TDF (2007)

    http://www.bike-discount.de/#

    http://www.bike24.com/