I'm a bit confused on terminology.

Clipless pedals are the clip-in style pedals. Correct? Then the cleat are the shoes you wear? Or are cleats just bottom attachments for any cycling shoe?

A used cycle I'm looking at getting has Look KEO Plus Pedals on it which says it comes with Cleats. The shoes the guy had didn't fit though. I'm not fully understanding if any bicycle shoe will fit the Look KEO Plus Pedal or if I need a particular cleat and/or shoe for it?

Terminology index - a list of bike part names and cycling concepts has a mention of Look Pedals but doesn't really go into any detail that would answer my question.

  • You need a shoe which has a 3 hole pattern. Look Keo cleats go with Look Keo pedals. You screw the cleats into the bottom of a cycling shoe which has spacing for Look cleats, and clip into the pedals. You can buy the cleats separately from the pedals for around 15 bucks on amazon.
    – Batman
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 5:25

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Cleats are the bottom attachment to shoes. Most road shoes use a 3 hole attachment, which is a standard size. Most pedal manufacturers have their own cleat style, but all 3-hole cleats use the same spacing as far as I know.

Your pedals may come with suitable cleats if you're buying them new, if not make sure you buy 'look keo' compatible cleats. There is another (old) style of look cleat that is incompatible. So long as it says keo you will be fine though.

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    The older style is the Look Delta cleat, and be warned they look very similar to the Keo and could be easy to confuse on visual alone.
    – Miro
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 2:10
  • I'm looking at the Bontrager site and don't see anything that says "Look KEO." I do see some shoes though that are 3 bolt compatible. Would that be all I need to look for?
    – Ryan
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 11:32
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    @Ryan - Yes, that should be all you need, the Look KEO system should be compatible with any shoe that says "3 bolt compatible".
    – JohnP
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 19:36

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