How to Install Cleats Onto Pearl Izumi Shoes
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The Pearl Izumi road shoe accommodates both two-hole SPD cleats and three-hole Look cleats, allowing you the flexibility to choose cleats that match your pedals. The cleats secure your foot to the bicycle pedal, improving pedaling efficiency. Pearl Izumis have a flat sole and do not provide a depression for SPD cleats. The bulky cleats will stick out significantly from the sole of the shoe, making walking difficult more difficult than the thinner Look cleats. However, SPD cleats provide greater flexibility in placement.
Installing SPD Cleats
Align the metal cleat over the bolt holes in the two long slits on the sole of the shoe.
Place the bracket into the top of the cleat with the beveling facing upward.
Insert the screw bolts through the bracket and into the bolt holes.
Use a 4-mm hex key to screw in the bolts, but do not tighten them down yet.
Adjust the cleats to your desired alignment. The cleats will shift up and down, as well as left and right.
Tighten the bolts in place once the cleat is seated as desired. Tighten each bolt three or four turns, and then switch to the other bolt to ensure that the cleat does not shift and both bolts are tightened equally.
Installing Look Cleats
Align the metal cleat over the bolt holes.
Lay a washer in each of the three cleat holes.
Insert the screws into the bolt holes through the cleat.
Use a Philips head screwdriver to tighten the screws, but do not tighten them down yet.
Adjust the cleats to your desired alignment. The cleats only shift up or down. They do not have a right and left adjustment.
Tighten the screws in place once the cleat is seated as desired. Tighten each screw three or four turns, and then switch to the next screw to ensure that the cleat does not shift and screws are tightened equally.
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