SPD SL clip in difficulty

marcusww Posts: 202
edited August 2013 in Road beginners
I have been riding 105 SPD SL's for 6 months and once clipped in I like the feel etc. I have yellow cleats.

The problem I have is with the slipperness of the pedals whilst trying to clip in and also find it difficult to feel the front part of the cleat engaging under the front of the pedal.

I like the SPD SL stability and would not go back to normal spd BUT are there any better pedal cleat combinations where the there is more of a positve feel when inititaing the front of the cleat before the final sprung engagement?


  • hatch87
    hatch87 Posts: 352
    I think the speedplay zero stuff is suppose to be pretty easy. I have the same issue as you, but got quite good at pulling away even when not clipped in properly. Still get the odd slip off but its ok
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  • Tjgoodhew
    Tjgoodhew Posts: 628
    Have you checked the tension on the pedals - setting it to the lowest tension might help getting in.

    I also found that adjusting the cleat position on my shoe made it much easier for me to clip in as i was obviously engaging into the pedal at a more natural angle meaning less slipping
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  • mechanism
    mechanism Posts: 891
    I have Dura Ace 9000 pedals on my new bike and they're considerably easier to clip in and out of than my previous 105s.
  • djm501
    djm501 Posts: 378
    And a bargain at only 4 ish times the price ;)
  • dennisn
    dennisn Posts: 10,601
    djm501 wrote:
    And a bargain at only 4 ish times the price ;)

    I was thinking 5 or 6 ish. Still, DA pedals are as good as it gets. Dependable, bombproof, not really any maintainence required. Can't fault them in any way.
  • mechanism
    mechanism Posts: 891
    I wasn't really saying "buy Dura Ace", just that I also haven't found the 105 pedals to be that easy to use, and that the clip in/out action isn't consistent across the range in my limited experience.