There’s more to clipping in than slipping into fancy shoes
We hate to be the ones to inform you but there is more to clipping in than simply slipping into some fancy shoes and stepping on a special pedal. If you are one of the thousands of racers hoping to reap the speed benefits that clipless pedals have to offer, you had better learn to set them up and adjust them first, or you won’t be going very far. So pull up your feet and prepare to learn a thing or two as we walk you through installing and adjusting your new SPD compatible pedals, cleats and shoes, to maximize performance and feel before you hit the track.
1: Ready to clip in? Then you had better prep the necessary equipment; clipless compatible shoes like these 661 Attacks, matching pedals, and cleats and an Allen wrench set.
2: A close-up of the shoe base reveals the slots for mounting the cleat, which is the same on all shoes designed for clipless use. Some models have small threaded holes at the toe of the shoe; these are for MTB applications and not for use in BMX.
3: To know where to set your cleats on the shoes, take an aggressive stance on the pedals in your regular shoes and take note of their position over the center of the pedal. You can now align your clipless shoes in the same position over your new clipless pedals to get an idea of where to set them.
4: Cleats are designed to offer maximum adjustment; this is why it is a good idea to know where you want them before you install them. The plate in the shoe will slide slightly front to back, as well as offering two sets of mounting holes. The cleat will also slide side to side, so no matter what your stance, you will be able to achieve the perfect feel.
5: As the most common style, we will be installing SPD-compatible cleats, although most styles install in the same manner. To install your cleats, start with the pointed end towards the front of the shoe and the side with the teeth facing the shoe.
6: The washer can then be installed with the tapered side of the holes facing outward to provide a smooth interface with the bolts.
7: The Allen bolts can then be threaded into place, the cleat set into position and tightened down. The teeth on the cleat are designed to sink into the plastic base of the shoe, so be sure the bolts are tight enough to do so, or the cleat will move when you try to clip in or out.
8: Once on your feet, you will want to get plenty of practice clipping in and out. Pointing your toe down and sliding your foot forward will hook the pointed end of the cleat into the pedal…
9: …and stepping down will secure the back. Spring tension is adjustable on most pedals to ease entrance and exit. Be sure to check your pedal manual to find out how to adjust your particular model, as every pedal is different.
10: To unclip, simply rotate your heel outward. Some brands are “dual-exit,” meaning you can exit by inward or outward rotation of the heel. These brands are highly recommended for BMX applications. As we said, get plenty of practice before you apply clipless pedals in a race setting and start laying waste to your class. Good luck