Fine tuning the cleats
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The fine tuning of the cleats must be done on a very secure way, because a wrong adjustment can involve severe injuries. This is often ignored, but it is the main cause of problems such as sleeping feet, knee pain and even low back pain. When the cleats are not placed on the right position, there is a power loss. This is very important for competitive cyclists! Cleat adjustment is more than finding the right angle to prevent knie injuries. We take care of the complete picture and even the fine tuning of the cleats already takes about 30 to 40 minutes. How does it work? The cyclist will have a short warm-up ride on our ergometer. This way we can identify the pedal stroke of the cyclist and make a first conclusion. Afterwards we do our first measurment to check if the cyclist has a varus or valgus twist in the forefoot.
Valgus forefoot. 9% of the people have this twist, where the forefoot is twisted outwards.
Varus forefoot 87% of the people have this twist, where the forefoot is twisted inwards.
By this measurement we know the number of cleats we have to use in order to place the knee in the right position.
Cleat Wedge
Then we ensure that your knee is right above the pedal. Sometimes we need pinions to move the pedal more outwards when the cleats cannot be moved outward. The reverse is also possible, but then there is only one possibility which is changing the pedals. The best brand for this change is SPEEDPLAY. This pedal offers the possibility to choose how much the pedal must be placed inwards or outwards. Here you can choose the length of the axis of the pedal. See also:
Speedplay pedals are also the best pedals to adjust. - Never unexpectedly ejected from the click pedal - Very long service life of the pedals and cleat, (Lubricate in time, but that applies to every pedal) - Best power transmission with the least power losses because the distance from the ball of the foot to the central pivot of the pedal is only 2.2 cm. With Time it is 2.8 cm and with Shimano and Look it is 3.2 cm. - These pedals can also be purchased from us at very competitive prices. (in combination with a bike fit)
Our next step is to determine the right rotation of the cleat. This way there will be no unnecessary friction in the knee that can cause other injuries.
In summary, 4 different actions need to be done in order to put the cleats in the right position. 1) The correct position of the central pivot point of the pedal on the third metatarsal joint of the ball of the foot. 2) The correct distance between foot and pedal. Inwards or outwards by using pinions between the pedal and cranck. 3) Correction of the tilting the forefoot 4) The cleat must be placed at the right angle.
Shoes must be in the right size, not too big or too small. That’s the most important aspect. Each brand has their own specific characteristics in size and length. We also perform a foot pressure point measurement. With this, we determine the right footprint and advice the correct insole for the athlete. During the fitting we also check the position of the knees and see if they move in or out. In case this is not corrected, it can have bad consequences for the pelvis. Other consequences are knee pain, discomfort while pedaling under full power and especially general power loss.
With a laser we check the movement of the legs and knees while cycling. When the knees are moving in or out, we will place a small cleatwedge between the shoe and the cleat. This way, the foretoot will be slightly twisted.
In case this correction is not correctly done, there will be a loss of power as the knees are moving in our out. See picture Also, there is a higher risk of injury or overload in the muscles or joints.
Back Back
With the (green) heel wedges we can correct a small or large kink of the knee inwards or outwards for most clients. That kink can only be seen when the pedal is all the way up. After this correction we always hear the same remark that this gives a very pleasant feeling and a very smooth contact on the pedal. The price of a heel wedge is quite expensive ( € 9.5) but definitely recommended.
As needed, one, two or three heel wedges are used. The price remains € 9.5 per set of three.
As you can see on the photo, the heelwedges are placed on the inner side of the shoe. These will be taped under the insole.