Q: Just got a pair of Shimano
M530 pedals and Shimano M162
shoes. I like the clip-in idea, but
after riding like half an hour, my
knees start to hurt. This doesn’t
happen when I ride with platforms.
I have the cleats all the way back
on the shoe.
—Luke, who doesn’t want to
injure himself while pedaling.
A: It sounds like your cleats are way
too far back in the shoe. You want the
ball of your foot (the bone just behind
your big toe on the inside of your foot)
to be positioned directly over the pedal’s
axle. The way you have your cleat now,
the ball of your foot is way too far forward, and you are putting the wrong
type of pressure on your knee.
To help with this, without your shoe
on, get a feel for where the center of
the ball of your foot is. Next, put your
shoe on and make a small dot on the
side of your shoe where it lines up with
that same point. Now, with your shoe
off, you can line up the center of the
cleat with the dot you made.
Having your cleat positioned properly is only one part of the equation,
however. You’ll want to have a trained
bike fitter look at your saddle position
on the bike as well. You don’t want to
mess around when it comes to knee
pain. If you don’t address it early and
properly, you can cause damage that
lingers for many rides to come.
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