Pedal advice for dodgy knee

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mriley60
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Pedal advice for dodgy knee

Postby mriley60 » Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:03 pm

HI there,

After months of saying no due to an injury from years gone by, I've decided I need to go for spd type pedals. The main thing that has stopped me doing this in the past is a leg injury. In short I had a bad leg break a few years back which has resulted in my knee and ankle being out of line. Are there any pedals out there (excuse my ignorance) that have sufficient side to side adjustment for cleat position?

Thanks in advance for all your help

Martin

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Chippy_Minton
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Re: Pedal advice for dodgy knee

Postby Chippy_Minton » Wed Nov 21, 2012 13:40 pm

Try the link to this article in mens health on pedals and knee pain.

http://www.menshealth.co.uk/living/gear/bike-giving-you-knee-gip-83350

Speedplays would probably be your best bet - but maybe some advice from a trusted LBS and a bike would help.

I have had 3 x ACL reconstructions and have a very delicate knee - I found the positioning of the cleat and set up of the bike is the thing that helps avoid any problems for me. I use cheap Exustar / Look pedals and I get on fine most of the time as long as I keep a high cadence and avoid mashing big gears for too long, saying that I don't have much of a misalignment issue.
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Re: Pedal advice for dodgy knee

Postby mhj999 » Wed Nov 21, 2012 13:52 pm

maybe try Crank Brothers for a cheaper alternative - high degree of float (15 or 20 degrees) and a few mm of side to side cleat wiggle room for the alignment issue - works for me! (i use candy pedals)
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Re: Pedal advice for dodgy knee

Postby jerade » Wed Nov 21, 2012 13:56 pm

Considering your injury try also to ride the bike with higher cadence. :wink:

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Re: Pedal advice for dodgy knee

Postby mhj999 » Wed Nov 21, 2012 14:13 pm

jerade wrote:Considering your injury try also to ride the bike with higher cadence. :wink:


That my excuse for spinning up hills with a granny gear!
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Re: Pedal advice for dodgy knee

Postby jerade » Wed Nov 21, 2012 14:21 pm

Hahaaa, I know that feeling. :lol: Take care of yourself, cheers!

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Re: Pedal advice for dodgy knee

Postby Peddle Up! » Thu Nov 22, 2012 15:03 pm

My very flat feet mean that my joints don't align correctly and are slightly different for each leg. SpeedPlay pedals work very well for me. I've put over a thousand miles on them and no problems, touch wood. :)

If you search my messages you'll find a couple of lengthy threads on the topic.
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Re: Pedal advice for dodgy knee

Postby g00se » Thu Nov 22, 2012 16:37 pm

If you're going for 2-hole recessed type shoes (SPD is Shimano's option for this) you may want to consider Time's ATAC system.

Similar to SPD but has a lot more lateral and rotational float. The basic ones have between 7 and 17 degrees of rotational float:

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... dals-14748

and there are higher end versions:

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... oc-s-31254

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... n-11-13439

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Re: Pedal advice for dodgy knee

Postby racingcondor » Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:58 pm

Over the last 4 years I've used Look, Time and I'm now on Speedplay.

While I've been able to deal with my dodgy knee on each type the adjustability of the Speedplays is brilliant so if you're happy to spend a bit I'd recommend them (along with a proper bike fit). The only thing I would add as a warning though is that Speedplays do need maintenance, I'm regreasing every 2-3 weeks and expect to replace the pedal bodies every year (4-5,000 miles on each pedal set) as I've already got a little rocking on one set and I only bought them in May.

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Re: Pedal advice for dodgy knee

Postby mriley60 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 16:33 pm

Thanks everyone for all the replies!! Reading up it seems to be a tossup between the speedplays, and the Time ATAC, although leaning toward the speedplay due to the adjustability (if thats even a word). Thanks again guys!!

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Re: Pedal advice for dodgy knee

Postby damov2 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:03 am

I have the same issue only I broke my ankle, now my right foot tows out around 10 degrees. Im using shimano 105 and yellow cleats with no issues.

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Re: Pedal advice for dodgy knee

Postby Garryboy » Wed Nov 28, 2012 21:05 pm

g00se wrote:If you're going for 2-hole recessed type shoes (SPD is Shimano's option for this) you may want to consider Time's ATAC system.

Similar to SPD but has a lot more lateral and rotational float. The basic ones have between 7 and 17 degrees of rotational float:

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... dals-14748

and there are higher end versions:

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... oc-s-31254

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... n-11-13439


Another option for recessed 2 bolt shoes is speedplay frogs. Same non centering float as speedplay zeros, but for mtb style shoes (or any with 2 bolt design). I had knee issues and got these in summer, been fine since.

Only thing is cleat is pretty wide, so check compatability with your sho - was ok on mine (shimano m087).


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