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Questions tagged [cleat]

Questions referring to the attachment on the bottom of cycling shoes which allow a cyclist to "clip-in" to their pedal system.

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Cleat problem, stuck in a shoe

I put the right shoe into the left SPD pedal. (I know, you don't even need to say it.) It was not even attached to the bike at this time. Just took both out of their boxes and thought to self, 'how ...
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SPD SL Cleat Cover, are they supposed to be attached all the time or removed on rides?

I've always assumed you put them once and forget it, and still clip in with them, but then I read somewhere that Speedplay covers needs to be re-attached when you're walking. Is Shimano the same? If ...
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Function of colored tabs on SPD-SL Cleats

What are the function of the colored tabs on the SPD-SL cleats? If they wear through to the black, Shimano recommends their replacement. In my own case, the outboard side of the colored pads are ...
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Which cleats provide more adjustment freedom?

Currently I have MTB shoes and I am surprised how little freedom they provide for left-right adjustment (shift). So I wonder which cleats -- MTB vs road -- provide more adjustment freedom? Assuming ...
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Options for servicing Speedplay Zero pedals

I have used Speedplay pedals for ages and I think I am on my third set of pedals. I have the new aero walkable cleats and at the weekend I replaced my old knackered cleats with a new set. Now that I ...
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Cleats with asymmetrical foot positions

I am looking to buy some cleats for the first time, but due to a misplaced cast of a broken leg when I was much younger my feet do not both point directly forward, my right foot is approximately 20 ...
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Climbing techique with panniers and cleats

In the last year I started using cleats (2 bolts SPD) on my touring bike, which I often use with rear panniers on biking holiday (travelled about 2000 km with this set up). The struggle I have is ...
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SPD pedal float becomes restricted

I have a strange problem with my clipless pedal float becoming restricted. I recently installed Shimano M520 SPD pedals on my bike, with SM-SH51 cleats on SixSixOne Expert MTB shoes. A few weeks after ...
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Peloton Trainer - what style of cleats are used?

I was wondering what cleat standard is compatible with the Peloton Trainer ? What cleat standard is installed in the default configuration ?
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Accidentally clipped into Shimano PD-A530 BACKWARDS — won't release!

OK, I'll bet I'm the first person to do this boneheaded move: while waiting for a pedal wrench to remove old pedals and install new Shimano PD-A530, someone asked me to demonstrate how the shoe clips ...
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How much float do the Speedplay Zero pedals have?

I was reading up that the "Speedplay zero" has a unique float and a wide range, but when reading up on the page dedicated to the "Speedplay zero" it mentions thatit is for Rider who prefers a fixed (...
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Are there big differences in maintenance/care between different types of clipless pedals?

I was reading this article http://www.bikeradar.com/us/road/gear/article/best-road-bike-pedals-33045/ and it talks about maintenance/care with a couple of the pedal options, even mentioning that "...
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Looking for cleats to match my vintage Mavic pedals

Which type of current cleat would match these vintage Mavic pedals (Mavic 646 LMS SSC I believe)? Thanks in advance.
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Optimal Placement of Cleats

I am transitioning from mountain bike shoes to road bike shoes. A marked difference is the limitation of versatility in cleat placement. I prefer to have my cleat as far up and to the inner side of ...
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How to copy cleat angle on the same shoe?

I have a triathlon coming up this weekend so I need the old angle of the cleat on my new shoes as the old shoe is completely damaged. How can I get the old angle of the cleat on the new shoe with a ...
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What type of cleat is this? Should I save it or get new cleats?

Can someone tell me what kind of cleat this is? circa 1993. I believe I got it Someone told me that I can just get new shoes (the shoes are completely shot) and reuse the cleat. Is that a good idea ...
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What kind of bike cleat is this with an arrowhead like logo?

What kind of bike cleat is this with an arrowhead like logo?
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Can different size feet be a cause of knee pain?

Left foot is close to a full size bigger than right. I have always had some left knee pain since going clipless. Have always went with the shoe size for the larger foot.
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Can I use “normal” shoes/trainers with clipless pedals?

Is it possible to use regular trainers/shoes (i.e., withou cleats) with clipless pedals? A friend of mine mentioned he does this all the time. However, I cannot imagine how this would work. Surely ...
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Pain on pinky toe joint from cleat setup?

I recently got SPD cleats for my road bike and have watched a number of videos and read articles on how to set them up as best as I can. I seem to have them set where I can comfortably pedal with the ...
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Foot Tingling with Clipless Pedals

I bought a new commuter bike (Marin Muir Woods 29er) and some clipless shoes that are "walkable" DZR Shoes 'Midnight' so I don't have to carry bike cleats around with me. However, when I ride I often ...
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Is there a guide available for determining pedal/cleat combinations?

I bought a Kona Coiler mountain bike at an estate sale, and the sellers didn't have any information about the pedals on it. I'm looking to buy some shoes and cleats, but I'm not sure what to buy ...
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Clipless pedals: Why clipping in so darn difficult?

I do understand that this question been asked million times, and million people have million different opinions and it's all down to personal preferences, yet I am struggling and need to find a ...
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Compatibility Look-Keo/Look/SPD-Sl Plates & Pedals

i got some old Look Road Pedals (see picture). Now i found plenty of Cleats for cheap, but they all are for either Look Keo, Delta or SPD-Sl. Are those compatible? Did anything change from the old ...
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Does anyone make a spacer for SPD cleats?

I have a pair of cycling shoes that accept a two-bolt cleat, but require a spacer between cleat and sole to be compatible with Shimano SPD pedals. My pedal and cleat package did not come with spacers. ...
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I'm a bit confused on bike shoe terminology. Particularly regarding Look KEO Plus Pedals - what is required to use them?

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 ...
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Performance difference between Shimano SPD and SPD SL

Is there a noticable performance different between the SPD and the SPD SL systems? I've got SPD SLs on my current bike, but some of the touring I do required quite a lot of walking, so I was thinking ...
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Difficulties with cleat pedals

I have bought Shimano SPD pedals and MTB shoes recently. After riding for a while with cleats I decided to go back to regular pedals as I had trouble getting used to the SPDs: With cleats power is ...
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How to fix/prevent blocked cleat bolts

I've had my SPD touring shoes for about seven years. The cleats are the originals and are now quite worn and I noticed recently that one of them (not pictured) is at a rather wacky angle that can't be ...
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Can I rotate cleats between left and right shoes? [duplicate]

If one foot's cleat wears quicker than the other due to riding style, is it a good idea to switch them after a certain time to extend the lifetime of the pair?
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What causes uneven wear on cleats?

I find my right cleat is wearing a lot quicker than my left one. Usually I start with the left cleat in the pedal and then click the right one in while pushing off. Is the action of inserting the ...
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How can I maximize the lifetime of my cleats

I'm using look kéo cleats. My right one is much more worn down than the left one. Almost to the point where I don't think it will have any edge showing on the front lip. I do walk in them a bit, but ...
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Anyplace sell bolts for SPD cleats?

I have more problems with those stupid things getting stripped than you would believe. (Just ruined a shoe trying to get a stripped bolt out.) Anyone know if I can buy just the bolts, rather than ...
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How often should I change my mountain SPD bikeshoe cleats?

I bought a pair of Shimano PDA600 SPD pedals along with a pair of cheap-ish Garneau Terra MTB shoes in early 2012. I wear them for my daily commute (approx. 18 Km) and semi-regular long distance ...
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Stop SPD shoes from grinding

I have a pair of Chrome Midway Pro SPD cycling shoes. These look like sneakers, but have a cleat mount embedded in them. Mine have worn down a bit and now the cleat crunches against the ground all ...
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What is the sliding bar on the bottom of my road shoe for?

I recently ordered some Sidi Scarpe Zephyr Cycling Road Shoes. Absolutely fit perfectly, however I've noticed there is a sliding bar element on the bottom of the shoe and I cant work out what it is ...
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Which Crank Brothers cleat do I need?

I ride these pedals: which came with these cleats: Now I see that Crank Brothers are selling their "Premium" cleat: I'm ready to replace my cleats. Is the premium cleat compatible with my pedal, or ...