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Old 04-19-2019, 10:30 AM
guru guru is offline
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Cleat placement

Recently switched from Speedplay pedals to Shimano spd-sl pedals with yellow cleats. I noticed that if I set the cleat more or less a cm behind the ball of the foot each foot is pointing in different directions and my feet aren’t tracking straight during the pedal stroke. whereby if I place the cleat directly under the ball of the foot both feet are pointing straight ahead and my feet remain somewhat straight through the pedal stroke Although with the ball of foot position I do have a bit of medial pain in the left leg when first starting off but disappears a couple of miles into the ride

Dies anyone use the ball of foot position to correct tracking issues?
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Old 04-19-2019, 02:52 PM
ultraman6970 ultraman6970 is offline
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If your feet arent tracking in a natural position means that the cleats have the wrong angle. Looks like you got used to Straight position of cleats of the old pedal (i imagine you had float?), now you need to account for the position of the feet at the time to set the cleats. IN other words angle the cleats.

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Old 04-19-2019, 08:14 PM
John H. John H. is offline
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Saddle height

Other thing to consider is saddle height.
You will need to raise saddle if switching from Speedplay to SPD SL.
As much as 4mm.
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Old 04-23-2019, 10:34 AM
benb benb is offline
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Also IIRC depending on parts used Speedplays can give you more adjustment range on the shoe than SPD-SL, so you could have the cleats more forward/rear than you need/want them.

All the different variables affect what your feet/knees want to do.. saddle height, cleat fore-aft, etc..

I would worry about angle last.

E.x. if my saddle is low my right foot wants to point out. If it's higher it doesn't.
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