How to Adjust Shimano SPD Pedals

    Locate the two adjustment bolts on each of your pedals. They are found at the front and at the back of the bindings (the metal parts you clip into). Also locate the tension indicator, which is found near each of the bolts.

    Use the allen wrench to adjust the bolts until both the tension indicators are the same. Test the tension by placing the bike in a doorway to support yourself as you clip in and out of each pedal to see if they are too loose. If they are, proceed to Step 3.

    Turn the tension adjustment bolts clockwise a quarter turn on each bolt and each pedal. Test the pedals again in the doorway.

    Continue to make slight adjustments until you are comfortable with the tension on the pedals. The tension is a personal choice, but if it is too loose you can come out of the pedals accidentally.


  • You may also mount your bike in a bike trainer if you have one to test the pedal tension.


  • The adjustment bolts have a limit as indicated on the tension indicator. Once the bolt reaches a point where it is difficult to turn anymore, stop.

Things Needed

  • 3mm allen wrench/hex key

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Based in Portland, Ore., Tammie Painter has been writing garden, fitness, science and travel articles since 2008. Her articles have appeared in magazines such as "Herb Companion" and "Northwest Travel" and she is the author of six books. Painter earned her Bachelor of Science in biology from Portland State University.