Before we get into the main question, let’s address why cleats are even necessary. While pedaling your bike, your feet are the source of contact between you and your bike.
All the effort you are putting in to travel from one destination to the other is through your feet. So, thinking about your feet’ comfort and safety should be your prominent concern.
But feet are not the only body parts that put in the effort. Your knees ankles, hips, and lower back also support pedaling and are impacted by what your feet go through. Thus, you can easily find the connection between the presence of cleat with your overall well-being.
So, this where the need for cleats comes in, and you’ll have to find you can fix them properly to make your feet comfortable. Keep in mind that a badly fixed cleat might cause knee problems and alignment issues.
Attaching cleats might seem an easy task, but getting it right is essential, and you must not risk your health without having proper knowledge about it.
This is why we are here to help. Follow this step-by-step guide:
Step by Step guide for setting cleats:
Locate the ball of your foot:
The first step in fixing the cleat to your shoes is finding the right position. For that, you’ll have to locate your ball. Here’s how you can do it:
Wear your normal cycling shoes with cycling socks. Tighten your shoes to a level you feel comfortable in. Now locate the ball of your foot along the shoe’s inside edge. What are you looking for? The protruding part at the bottom of your feet’ thumb.
Mark this location. Try to find the center point of the ball and mark it on your shoes. Repeat the same process for the other foot.
Mark on the sole:
When you have marked the point on the shoe side, you should take it off and place it on a level surface upside down. Extend the mark in the form of a line to the sole. Make sure the mark you create is visible.
Fix the cleat:
Now it is time to fix the cleat. You’ll find the center of the axle mark on the cleat. Align your marking on the sole with the point on the cleat and fix it.
Fore and aft of the cleat:
This is the adjustment that you’ll have to make depending on your bicycling style. If you bike with your knees wide, adjust your cleat inwards. Similarly, if your knees are narrow at the top of the pedal stroke, move the cleat outwards.
Adjust cleat floating:
It is the movement once your cleat is in the peddle body. We’ll recommend you to go with the lightest setting when it comes to floating adjustment.
This is to check what impact it creates and how you would be more comfortable. As it is dependent on individual preferences, we can only highlight the situation when it is not adjusted.
You’ll feel pain in your knee or associated area. If it happens, be sure to make adjustments readily, as it can impact your kneecap.
Once you have set all these aspects of a cleat, it is time to go for a test ride. Initially, we’ll recommend you to pedal a few times or maybe have a few meters ride to know everything fits well.
If it does, you are good to go; if it doesn’t, you’ll have to adjust the fore/aft or floating of your cleat. In some cases, there could be problems in the placement of cleats with the shoes, which might require readjustment.