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Clipless Mountain Pedal Cleats

Bike maintenance is something we take seriously here at Art's Cyclery. We want to make sure your bike functions perfectly every time you go out. Whether you're riding mountain or road, we'll be there every step of the way to make sure you have the best cycling experience possible.

Learn how to install clipless mountain pedal cleats in this short how to video. Following the basic steps outlined in the video will show you how to get a proper stance on your mountain bike whether you are duck-footed, pigeon-toed or have any asymmetries relating to your natural foot position.

For more in depth tutorials to help maintain your bicycle, check out rest of our Learning Center for more great bike mechanic tips and instructional videos. Check out our great selection and pricing on mountain bike shoes at Artscyclery.com.

  • Step 1: Sit on a table or other stable elevated surface and let your feet dangle down. This will show you the natural orientation of your feet, which should be mimicked during cleat positioning.
  • Step 2: Put on your mountain bike shoes and feel for the ball of your foot, the bony joint where your big toe meets your foot. Mark this spot on the sole with a pencil.
  • Step 3: Grease the threads of all of your cleat bolts and lightly thread all of the bolts into your shoe, making sure to use the included washers.
  • Step 4: Move your cleats so that the center of the cleat bolts are 5 to 10mm behind the line that you marked earlier on your sole.
  • Step 5: Orient the angle of your cleat based on that natural fall of your foot that you observed earlier. Pointing the cleat towards your big toe will bring the heel in if you are duck-footed while angling it in the opposite direction will push your heel outwards if you are more pigeon-toed.
  • Step 6: Use the hash marks on the shoe and your good judgment to match the cleat you just set up to the one on the opposite shoe.
  • Step 7: Take your new cleats for a spin and make adjustments based on the feel of your ride.

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