Should you have float in your cleats? Why it's important and how to know how much you need

Don’t treat increasing float simply as a sticking-plaster solution for deeper problems with your setup - here’s how to determine what you need and what else to consider

Rider changing their cleat position.
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Float shouldn’t be treated as a sticking-plaster solution for a deeper problem, but provide the foot more latitude to move can help with knee and joint niggles 

Too often viewed as a sticking-plaster solution for knee niggles, the question of cleat float is a little deeper than you might think…

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Nicole Oh is a physiotherapist and bike fitter, with training in biomechanical assessments, sports injury rehabilitation, acupuncture and clinical pilates.

A competitive cyclist with a background in triathlon, Nicole raced at National level in the UK, also managing and co-founding the Les Filles Racing Team. Having moved to Sydney, she works as a physiotherapist at The Body Mechanic and continues to race competitively.