One short leg

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One short leg

Postby Markwb79 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:59 pm


I have recently been told that one leg is shorter than the other.

I would like to get something for my pedals/cleats to sort out the imbalance.

is there somewhere that sells plates for speedplay cleats?

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Re: One short leg

Postby DrDavros » Thu Nov 08, 2012 13:17 pm

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Re: One short leg

Postby verloren » Thu Nov 08, 2012 13:20 pm

Or you can get the stock speedplay parts, which are pretty widely sold (e.g. ... elID=50296 )

Edit: It's worth knowing that a shim isn't a simple solution - if your discrepancy is in the lower leg they're apparently pretty good, but if your problem is with your upper leg then they add length to the 'wrong' bit of your leg. I have an inch difference near my hip, but use a single shim because any more would just create a new problem.
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Re: One short leg

Postby Simon E » Thu Nov 08, 2012 15:43 pm

+1 to verloren's caveat regarding which part of the limb that the differential is in.

IMHO you don't need to buy new pedals. I have a 15mm difference in length (due to femur break). Was advised to adjust my cleats first - move the cleats in the shorter leg to the front of the shoe, the longer leg to the back.

I have also tried adding a second insole into the shoe of the shorter leg and this helps too, I don't feel quite as lopsided on the saddle.

A shim might help as well but I haven't bothered yet.
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