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    Shimano PDM550 too loose

    I have some Shimano shoes and some Shimano pedals. Since I got my new bike I have been riding more rough and technical terrain. Lately I have been feeling like my pedals are too loose and I have come out of them unexpectedly. I have the pedals all the way tight and am using a multi release cleat. I used to use a lateral release cleat, the one that was on my shoe out of the box but it was too hard to release. I rembered when I put the multi cleat on it was much easier to release but I dont remember them unclipping accidently. Is it the cleat or the pedal or just me in some strange way? It is nice that I can bail out easily but I have hurt myself because the pedals release when I dont want them too. The pedals only have 250 miles on them, the cleats have about 350 miles, about one year.

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    Try going back to the cleats.

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    Yup, go to the regular cleats. The multi-release are okay to start on if you have to, but they're really unpredictable IME.
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    Thats what I was thinking. Foolishly I tossed out the cleats when I got the PDM550 pedals, guess I'll just pick up another pair at the bike shop

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    Problem solved

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    Nice.

    Don't be afraid to mess with your cleat angle either. It's something you often have to do some fine tuning on (I just had to swing one of my new ones in a few degrees tonite cuz it wasn't letting my heel swing far enough inward and I felt like I was struggling against it the whole time I was riding). Make a point of adjusting your pedal interface so you natural foot position falls somewhere well within the 'float; of the pedal.It may take a little while and a few adjustments to dial in, but it's worth the effort in spades. You'll find yourself much more comfortable.
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