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    Tread interference on new candy 3s

    After being convinced by the bf of the benefits of clipless riding I recently purchased a pair of new Pearl Izumi Alp X Seek 4WRX shoes

    Women's X-Alp Seek IV WRX - Pearl Izumi

    which I was going to use for trailriding along with my newly purchased Crankbrothers Candy 3s. I am new to clipless riding and these are my first clipless gear. I install the pedals and cleats following the instructions to a tee but was surprised at how difficult it was to clip in. I used the shims included in the set to improve cleat contact with the pedals but it was still a pain to get the shoe in. I've a few reviews about the candy 3s that describe the same issues and suggested trimming the shoes to reduce tread interference but I really would prefer not to do that.

    Have any of you guys experienced this issue. Are there other fixes other than grinding away on the shoe tread?

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    Tread interference on new candy 3s

    Quote Originally Posted by TikiGoddess View Post
    After being convinced by the bf of the benefits of clipless riding I recently purchased a pair of new Pearl Izumi Alp X Seek 4WRX shoes

    Women's X-Alp Seek IV WRX - Pearl Izumi

    which I was going to use for trailriding along with my newly purchased Crankbrothers Candy 3s. I am new to clipless riding and these are my first clipless gear. I install the pedals and cleats following the instructions to a tee but was surprised at how difficult it was to clip in. I used the shims included in the set to improve cleat contact with the pedals but it was still a pain to get the shoe in. I've a few reviews about the candy 3s that describe the same issues and suggested trimming the shoes to reduce tread interference but I really would prefer not to do that.

    Have any of you guys experienced this issue. Are there other fixes other than grinding away on the shoe tread?
    More shims and/or the shoe shields
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    Thanks! I will try that out and see if this solves the problem. In the meantime-- i found this video on youtube about these same shoes and shoe shields/shims for others that might encounter the same issue.

    Crank Brothers Shoe Shields with Time Pedals - YouTube

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    Quote Originally Posted by TikiGoddess View Post
    Thanks! I will try that out and see if this solves the problem. In the meantime-- i found this video on youtube about these same shoes and shoe shields/shims for others that might encounter the same issue.

    Crank Brothers Shoe Shields with Time Pedals - YouTube
    Another idea, since you are new to clipless. Swap your new cleats for somebody else's partly worn cleats. The worn cleats are easier to clip in and get out. I have been using Crank Bros pedals for many years and always notice the difference in effort when I replace cleats.
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    I heard the cleats do need to break in before they get comfortable at clipping in and out. Thanks for that tip. I will try it and see if it helps.

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    I've almost always had to trim a little bit of the tread in order to get a good, easy clip in / clip out. There's already a big hole cut out in the tread for the cleat, so what's a little more going to hurt? Usually it just involves shaving down, or tapering some of the surrounding treads in the shoe...

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    Tread interference on new candy 3s

    Quote Originally Posted by brokebike View Post
    I've almost always had to trim a little bit of the tread in order to get a good, easy clip in / clip out. There's already a big hole cut out in the tread for the cleat, so what's a little more going to hurt? Usually it just involves shaving down, or tapering some of the surrounding treads in the shoe...
    I have used CB pedals and several other brands with dozens of different shoes and have never modified the tread. Only used shims because as the sole wears down I can remove shims to maintain proper shoe/pedal contact. Adding material to the tread is tougher to do. ShoeGoo works for that but is inconsistent, does not last very well, and lacks traction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brokebike View Post
    I've almost always had to trim a little bit of the tread in order to get a good, easy clip in / clip out. There's already a big hole cut out in the tread for the cleat, so what's a little more going to hurt? Usually it just involves shaving down, or tapering some of the surrounding treads in the shoe...
    Not to be a jerk Shiggy, but I have also had this experience on some cheat installs I've done. Ocassionally no amount of shims can save you from interference. I would rather trim a little tread than pedal with a quarter inch of shims under my foot anyway.
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    Success! I managed to scavange off some extra shims from my bf's old cleat kit that he's not using and layered 2 shims each per shoe. After the installation I tried clipping in the shoes and it managed to clip in with more ease than it did without the shims. I am still going to have to test it with actual riding before I decide to trim any shoe (if I need to). But all your points are well taken and I guess it just takes different approaches to solve this issue. Afterall, there is more than one way to skin a cat?! right?
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