Road shoe shims

Discuss light weight issues concerning road bikes & parts.
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digitalnorbs
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by digitalnorbs

Guys, I made some but still not the best, does any one might have one or two willing to sell. Other wise I have to go back to the drawing board, thx

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martinSL
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by martinSL

you can buy them - http://www.bikefit.com/products.php. Not the least expensive but ready to roll. You most likely can check yourself when pedaling (use construction type laser) to find out what you need. I was checked pro and have two Look cleat wedges under each foot. Felt awkward at first but for sure better pedaling and more power. Could be placebo too :D
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Wingnut
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by Wingnut

I've used LeMond's LeWedges for years now, they last & work great...

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Horze
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by Horze

You can achieve the desired effect(s) of the shim by readjusting the position of the cleat on the shoe.
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Wingnut
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by Wingnut

The LeWedges are tapered...thick on one side & thin on the other so you can keep this cleat position you want but allow for supination or pronation in the foot.
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Devon
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by Devon

Can you not just use regular washers?
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spud
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by spud

you could use washers, but you'd be asking for trouble with squeaking, IMHO

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Devon
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by Devon

spud wrote:you could use washers, but you'd be asking for trouble with squeaking, IMHO


There are many companies out there that produce rubber washers and o-rings. May be worth a look to save hassle and/or money.
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I use cut to measure plastic yogurt covers.

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carbon2329
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by carbon2329

I forget the name of the shims (they are the ones in the picture above, so...LeMond's LeWedges), but I have been using them for years as well and they work well.

My concern about using washers would be that a portion of cleat would not be supported (touching) anything underneath it next to the washer...if that makes sense. So there would be a "wedge of empty space" under the cleat between the shoe sole.

BUT...with the above shims (or any offical shim), the cleat is in complete contact or "supported".

In regards to cost:
-those yellow LeMond's LeWedges are $2-$3 dollars (in my area, at least). So, if you use one or two on each cleat (depending on your needs) you are only spending about $3-$12 for an important fit component.
And they last almost forever.

In comparison to even a very INEXPENSIVE bike, the cost for a quality and accurate shim is a steal.

For what it's worth...my .02 cents

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by mattr

I bought a packet of 8 road wedges, including bolts and washers for about 20 quid. That's enough (for me) to do two pairs of shoes. Not really much when the shoes were (at retail) well north of 200 quid a pair. I'll be buying some more to do my MTB shoes later in the year.

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