How To Mount Cleats To Prevent Injuries

I consider myself a real maniac this theme, I can take more than one hour to change my coves, and unlike all the hate world premiere slippers. All this began years ago, when once I left poorly tightened a Cove, without realizing it moved and ended up stopped four months by tendinitis aguada in the patellar tendon.

Then we will see a series of steps that we have to continue to place our coves both mountain and road.

The Coves

Let’s first a little refresher to remind the different types of cleats that will vary according to their mobility or type of release.

Mountain Coves

The SPD (Shimano Pedaling Dynamics) system is one of the most used, its bays tend to be compatible and there are different versions the SPD SH51 cleats SH52 SPD are with release one way while the SH56 SPD are of multi-directional release.

American pedal Crank Brothers used a specific Cove and not compatible with the SPD.

Road Cleats

Cleats for Look Keo pedals replaced the old Delta Look. Today the two are still used and although they are apparently similar systems are not compatible.The two versions are classified by colors that indicate the mobility of the Creek being the mobile red 9 degrees, the grey semimovil with 4.5 degrees and the fixed zero-degree black.

The same applies to the coves of road Shimano Dura-Ace. The Red version is the SM-SH10 which is the fixed cleat. The blue is the SM-SH12 with mobility of 2 degrees and the SM-SH11 yellow Creek which permit mobility of 6 degrees.

If you must change a Cove, and you don’t know very well which choice would recommend you that you mantuvieseis”color” or the mobility of the Cove to which you are accustomed. If on the contrary you have tended a problem, pain, overload or simply some discomfort to articulate that ye are not able to locate, my advice is to try to assemble a Cove fixed.

As personal experience I can tell you that always use the coves fixed. He had previously used the mobile but in one study, a biomechanical saw as in a situation of maximum effort, tended to put the drop-outs in knees and this negatively impact my pedaling and you overloading my joints. Fixed cleats helped me keep a good orientation of the foot on the pedal, a slight improvement on the inconvenience joints and also in my performance.

How To Place Them

Height (top – down) and orientation (out-inwards) is the first thing that we have to take into account to find out the exact spot on which put the coves. To know the height, we will have to make the Center the cala match the metatarsal phalangeal joint of the first finger.

To search for a good orientation we will seek that the Cove is well centered, and that its central axis is aimed toward the front of the boot.

Or what is the same thing when the boot is booted on the pedal so more parallel as possible to the longitudinal axis of the bike.

Once placed the coves is very important that you comparéis with left right so that they are exactly the same height and have the same orientation.

When you make a change in coves or boots I would advise you that the first day planificaseis not you an exit very long if it is necessary to do a reset or if you just don’t roll to taste. Check the coves to get home, because that may have loosened.

Once everything is ready, we have our boots prepared for a good kilometrada, but not you descuidéis, the screws of the coves suffer much wear as we step on them, does not expect to be deformed to replace them.

I hope these tips you have been helpful, as you know, when you touch change the coves will have to do with time, look well and be thorough with the small details because they are those that make the difference. If it has been I doubt about the coves and its positioning I invite you to use the comments of the blog, I’ll be happy to help you.

See you in pedaling!