3 points that must be kept in mind when installing the pedal for the first time

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Many cyclists will choose to switch to self-locking pedals that can greatly improve pedaling efficiency after cycling for a period of time. However, when the cyclists installed the self-locking pedals for the first time and were so excited to experience the chicness of a “professional cyclist”, they ignored some details of comfort and safety, which led to the possibility of locking pedals. It will not achieve the best effect in use, and it may bring great safety risks.

How to adjust your new pedal comfortably and minimize the potential safety hazards that may accompany the initial “locking”? The following points must be paid attention to!

Installation position of the lock plate

After getting the equipment, we must first install the cleat on the sole of the lock shoe. Don’t think that the cleats can be installed casually, in fact, there is a lot of knowledge!

Where is the most suitable position for the cleat? We look from the left side of the picture below: there are two protrusions on the front of a person’s foot, which are on the top of the first metatarsal and the fifth metatarsal. We draw a line between these two protrusions After installing the cleat, the lock shoe is stuck into the pedal. The position where the sole exerts force when stepping, that is, the axis line of the pedal, should be connected to the position corresponding to the position of the cleat. The force position is the standard. If the cleat is too far forward and backward, the best pedaling feeling and efficiency cannot be obtained.
Installation position of the lock pedals
In addition, if your walking habit is out-of-the-foot, the angle of the cleat should be rotated to the inner side of the sole of the foot, that is, the side of the frame. On the contrary, if the walking habit is toward the out-of-the-eight, the angle of the cleat should be rotated to the outside of the foot to balance the pedal When the feet face.

How tight the pedals are

The locks of all brands are designed with screws to adjust the degree of locking. Before officially cycling on the road, we need to adjust the tightness of the lock pedals. The tightness should be moderate when pulling out the pedals. Too tight will make it difficult to “unlock” in an emergency, while too loose may cause the locking pedal to loosen when a large pedaling force is exerted. Both of these situations may bring danger to the cyclist.
adjust the tightness of the lock pedals
Locking/unlocking pedals training before formal cycling

After installing the locking pedal system for the first time, don’t be too anxious to become a “professional cyclist”. Be sure to practice the locking/unlocking movements repeatedly on the spot. After you are proficient, you should also ride slowly on the open and better road sections, and continue to practice repeatedly until you can habitually find the combination of the pedal and the cleat Click, quickly lock the lock, and skillfully remove the lock before proceeding to normal cycling. It is extremely dangerous if you go on the road if you are not proficient!

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