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NeatCleats launches Align+ carabiner cycling shoe carry system with new cleat alignment tool

A calibration ruler is included to to measure the lateral and vertical positioning of the cleat and also for adjusting your heel in and heel out position

NeatCleats has launched the third generation of its Align+ carabiner carry system with a brand new cleat alignment guide, accordingly making the system “a cyclist’s go-to for storing, transporting and aligning your cycling shoes”.

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NeatCleats began as a simple metal bracket for hanging cycling shoes back in 2017, and now its new Align+ gives you the ability to measure and accurately align your clipless cycling cleat position as well as attach your shoes securely to the outside of a bag.

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“Each pack comes with a calibration ruler to measure your lateral and vertical positioning of the cleat and also adjust your heel in and heel out position,” NeatCleats explains.

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This tool is designed to be used when replacing your cleats by using these measurements. It can also be used by those who want to fit the cleats onto a new pair of shoes, says NeatCleats. 

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Refitting your cleats so they are in the appropriate position for you can make a huge difference to the fit and feel of your bike. Feeling comfortable as you ride won’t just make cycling a more pleasant experience, it could also prevent injury and even benefit your performance.

> Check out our other tips on how to make your bike more comfortable over here.

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NeatCleats uses a laser-cut steel plate, which is said to be hardwearing and also easy to recycle. “Although we currently use plastic in the production of Neatcleats, we have begun the switch to replace all plastic components over to wood-based or recycled plastics.

“By biocomposite/recycled plastic, our goal is to go plastic-free by the end of 2022,” says the brand. 

Priced at £47.99 with the guide or £35.99 without, there’s two versions currently available: one for Shimano SPD-SL cleats and Look Keo Grips, while the other is for Wahoo Speedplay’s Zero Aero.

NeatCleats says Time iCliq and SPD, Crankbrothers and Time ATAC versions will also be available by the end of 2021. The video below shows how to measure the current position of your clipless cycling cleats.

www.neatcleats.cc

Anna has been hooked on bikes ever since her youthful beginnings at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit. As an avid road and track racer, she reached the heady heights of a ProCyclingStats profile before leaving for university. Having now completed an MA in Multimedia Journalism, she’s hoping to add some (more successful) results. Although her greatest wish is for the broader acceptance of wearing funky cycling socks over the top of leg warmers.

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