I am finding them incredibly difficult to clip in so far with my 125 lbs weight. When I got them it felt like I had to press down with my entire body weight to get them engaged. I have tried them on the trainer, and clipped in/out no fewer than 100 times on each side, which seems to have loosened up the springs on both sides. I have also tried loosening the cleat screws and also lubing the cleat springs. I'm also certain that the cleat is flush with the shoe. None of these tactics have made the pedals easier to the point where I can clip my first foot in without almost popping a vein in my head pressing down on it (although once I have one foot in, the other one goes in easier once I start pedaling.)
Any suggestions/techniques for these pedals? I'm just about ready to give up and move back to Looks.
2012 Cannondale CAAD10
1. make sure the circlip has its beveled edge side down, so it eases over the pedal, instead of the square edge side.
2. make sure you have the right shims between the plastic mounting plate and the shoe sole. if you have used a shim of the wrong thickness, it can make the cleat curve when screwed down, which makes a huge difference in the clip in/out tension. to goal of shim selection is to keep the plastic plate completely flat.
3. make sure you have not overtightened the philips mounting screws. the tendency is to overtighten them, which again binds up the clip in/out process hugely. loctite does most of the holding of the screws, not torque.
i'd recommend taking the cleats off, and reinstalling them carefully, following the included instructions to the letter.
i know these things from doing it wrong myself.
adapted from Rabelais
My list of priorities would be:
1. Make sure you have the right shims to match the curvature of your shoe sole. The pedal mounting surface must end up being flat...absolutely dead-nuts flat. I have never had any kind of problem as long as the surface is FLAT. and I crank all the screws total tight. I have never had to back them off to loosen the entry.
2. Step down with a slight twisting motion, as mentioned above.
3. It does get a little easier and smoother after a week or so of break-in, but like I mentioned, I have never really had a problem (using them 20 Years of various Speedplay incarnations), so I can only speculate that you need to make sure the shims are correct. I never even lube mine. Lubing seems to make them too "ice-like". So I keep them clean, but no lube.
Did I mention FLAT ?
I disassembled the entire cleat assembly and made sure I have the right shims through the Speedplay website, and I'm damn certain they're flat. The cleat plate sits flush without any pressure on the adaptor. I cleaned up the entire assembly, relubed the cleat spring with a dry teflon lube, and reassembled the cleat, putting loctite on the 4 screws, making sure only to give them a 1/4 turn extra once it felt snug.
The problem has to do at least in part with the muscle memory from Look pedals, but after all this work I'm losing hope that I'll be able to click in without busting a gut every time. I came from Looks with 16Nm of tension, and those seemed a world easier than these so far.
2012 Cannondale CAAD10
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