3. Fixed or free cleats?
Every rider of road clipless pedals must confront this question: float or no float? Cleats with float allow the foot to rotate or swivel over the middle of the pedal. Some people are physiologically able to be locked in tight, but many people need the ability to “float” around the pedal stroke. With imbalances in your legs, one side is stronger than the other, and your knee wants to kick out; your body can do that. Many professional riders ride fixed cleats to connect to the pedal without any sensation of movement. Many riders insist on cleats with float because of previous knee pain or other joint issues. Pedal float does not cause energy loss because you're not floating in the power phase of your stroke. TIME's free cleats have angular freedom. The fixed cleats have 0° movement.