Cleat and Pedal Installation and Care
Assembly of Pedals to Crank Arms
- The right pedal (marked R) is assembled in a clockwise direction for tightening and loosening purposes, the left pedal (marked L) is assembled in a counter clockwise direction.
- Lubricate spindle threat prior to assembly (located at the end of the pedal, it screws into the crank).
- Use a 15mm pedal wrench for assembly, tighten well but avoid excessive force. Recommended torque is 34Nm (340 kgf/cm).
Assembly of SPD Cleats to Cycling Shoes
- The hardware and cleats supplied are compatible with two bolt cycling shoes, suitable for SPD style shoes. Left and right cleats are identical; the pointed end faces the shoe toe. Use a 4mm Allen key for assembly. Using the bolts (lubricate prior to use), and washers supplied, attach the cleats tightly to the slots in the shoes.
- The lateral center line of the cleat should be aligned under the center of the ball of the foot. Adjust vertically via slots in the shoe sole. Adjust horizontally via play between cleat washer and cleat. Tighten cleats very firmly. Cleat position can be fine-tuned, according to personal preference after trial use. It may take some time to find your optimum cleat setup. It is recommended that you consult a bicycle dealer for assistance. Refer to shoe manufacturer’s instructions for more shoe-specific information.
Adjustment of Pedal Binding Tension
- To adjust tension of the rear binding on pedals, turn 3mm Allen key tension adjustment bolts on either end of each pedal.
- Increase tension in a clockwise direction (+) (for more secure shoe/pedal bind but more difficult engagement and disengagement). Decrease tension in a counter clockwise direction (-) (for less secure shoe/pedal bind but easier engagement and disengagement).
IMPORTANT: Binding tension must be equal on both sides of the pedal and on both pedals to achieve a uniform effect when engaging and disengaging cleated shoes. MINIMUM TENSION IS RECOMMENDED FOR BEGINNERS AND FOR RIDERS REQUIRING FREQUENT CLEAT RELEASE SUCH AS IN HEAVY TRAFFIC. (See CAUTION)
- Engage cleated shoes in pedals by placing cleat between binding while pushing down.
- Disengage by twisting heel outwards (away from bicycle). Cleat will also release by twisting heel inwards if necessary in an emergency situation.
- It will take time to get used to your clip-in pedals. On a stationary bicycle with one foot firmly on the ground, practice engaging and disengaging cleated shoes one foot at a time while binding tension is set low.
- When accustomed to these actions progress to practicing by riding in a safe, traffic-free area until engagement and disengagement become natural actions.
- Do not over-tighten or over-loosen tension adjustment Allen bolts (bolt will fall out if too loose, and over-tightening may damage threat).
- Cleats that are badly worn of difficult to disengage should be replaced. Minimize walking in cleated shoes as this accelerates wear.
IMPORTANT: Use only cleats specifically designed for your pedals; other cleats will be incompatible, and unsafe.
- To function properly, pedals and cleats must be kept clean.
- Occasional lubrication of cleat bolts will help prevent rust and seizure.
- Oil of light grease should be applied occasionally to rear binding springs.
- Pedals should be serviced if: rotating pedal emits noise, rotation by hand feels rough, of if there is play in the bearings.
- Bearing should be cleaned and re-greased at least once every 12 months or at least once every 6 months if riding predominantly in wet conditions. Damaged bearings should be replaced.
- Replace pedals with fractures in body or badly worn or damaged bindings.