Cleat Positioning for Recumbents with Clipless Pedals
I ran across some interesting discussions of cleat position and thought they might be useful to other recumbent riders also.
Let me start by saying my search for the correct cleat position is on hold until I start riding again and I have never found a comfortable cleat position. So I will be investigating this topic more in the future and all conclusions are tenative.
The two pieces I found useful were:
What struck me was that both suggested that when using clipless pedals on a recumbent the cleats should be positioned as far back as possible. In fact in Bike Forums the suggestion was made that the opening be lengthened so that the cleats could be moved back another 1/4 inch.
I always thought that the cleats were positioned roughly under the ball of the foot (take a look at picture above) and then adjusted for comfort and power. I’ve always felt that my cleat position was wrong and that I couldn’t move them far enough back but said to myself that can’t be right.
I am getting my Dremel tool out and lengthening the slot in my shoes and moving the cleats back before my next ride.
I am not suggesting you move your cleats if they feel good now or that their is a universal answer to cleat positioning. There is way too much variation in bikes, shoes, and feet for that to be true. But this is something to try if your cleats don’t feel comfortable.
I will let you know how this works for me. I would also love to hear your thoughts on and experience with cleat positioning on recumbents. (Please let us know what type of bike and shoe you are using when you comment)
Thanks to Recumbent Cyclist Blog for the picture. Did you notice what is so unusual about the bike in the picture?
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