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How do I get a cleat that's stuck in a pedal, detached from the shoe, out?

Slacken off any tension adjusting screw first Your goal is to apply torque to the cleat as you would with your foot in a shoe. So essentially you need something like a gigantic flat screwdriver. I ...
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What type of cleat is this? Should I save it or get new cleats?

It's a Shimano SPD cleat. There are a few different models, but they are all cross compatible. You can reuse the old ones if you can unscrew it, but new pair should be under 20€, too. EDIT: Looks ...
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How to detach a cleat with a warped screw

The simplest thing to do would be to buy new cleats. If you're absolutely set on re-using this cleat, there is a tool called a screw extractor that lets you tap a small reverse-threaded hole in your ...
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Is it easier to unclip using a shoe with higher stiffness index?

In my experience: No. Cycling shoe soles are extremely rigid in the “sideways” direction. Even with soft and flexible running shoes there is very little movement in the heel if you hold them at the ...
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How to detach a cleat with a warped screw

Doing this with the other hole empty is hurting your cause. Using another fully lubricated bolt in good condition to relieve preload sometimes makes this situation go easy and is always helpful. You ...
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How do I get a cleat that's stuck in a pedal, detached from the shoe, out?

Use water-pump-pliers or locking pliers (vise-grip). Grip the cleat and turn it either clock-wise or anti-clock-wise Alternatively a medium sized screwdriver used as a lever at the rear 'nose' of the ...
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Can I mix LOOK pedals+cleats with SPD-SL shoes?

Whilst the shoes are marketed for SPD-SL cleats because that is the Shimano system and you have Shimano shoes, this is really referring to what we call a 'three-bolt' pattern. Both SPD-SL and the look ...
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Best option to get my cleats closer inwards to the crank due to a narrow stance

First, I should mention that when pedaling, we generally want the cleats' lateral position to be such that our knees are in line with the center of the pedal. This is a common principle in bike fit, ...
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Are cleat backing plates for protecting carbon sole?

I've only used cleat backing plates to shim out the cleat away from my foot when the sole or lugs of the shoe were interfering with cleat engagement. I've put carbon-soled shoes from a couple of ...
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Cleat problem, stuck in a shoe

Do you mean it's stuck? It might not be that you've got the wrong shoe in the pedal but that it's rather stiff (the pedals seem to arrive at up with tight springs) and holding it in your hands you can'...
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Can I use mountain biking cleats on a road shoe...?

Yes, this shoe also accepts the MTB-style two bolt cleats. Three-bolt and two-bolt cleat pattern fits all major road and mountain pedals. (from https://www.specialized.com/jp/en/sport-road-shoes/p/...
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What type of cleats to get for these mtn bike shoes

Based on the two pictures, the answer is quite straightforward: Shimano SPD cleats (not SPD SL, that is for road pedals). The Shimano references are SM-SH51 or SM-SH56. Some other brands are doing ...
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Climbing techique with panniers and cleats

One thing that may help a lot is shifting some load weight forwards. In other situations I've found that a surprisingly small amount of weight shifted from behind the back axle to the front forks ...
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Are there big differences in maintenance/care between different types of clipless pedals?

Shimano pedals are usually brought up as a good beginner pedal because they are readily available just about everywhere, have several low-cost options, have standards that much of the industry follow ...
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Looking for cleats to match my vintage Mavic pedals

I don't think those are the 646, but the cleat you probably still want to use is the Look Delta cleat. Go to a bike shop and try the delta cleat in there. In the olden days, everyone was rebadging ...
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Are there big differences in maintenance/care between different types of clipless pedals?

I think it's important to mention that pedals aren't simply "road" or "mountain" pedals, but that there are pedals designed for many different purposes. Most people will classify "road race" pedals ...
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Compatibility Look-Keo/Look/SPD-Sl Plates & Pedals

These pedals appear to the Look PP66 - use the Delta cleats for them. The red cleats give you rotational float, black for fixed position. As others have pointed out, the Keo cleats cannot be used, as ...
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Cleat problem, stuck in a shoe

Just insert an 8mm Allen key into the pedal axle. Then grab the key and the heel of the shoe and bring both hands together.
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Cleats for Shimano PD 1056 pedals

These pedals will take the old style Look Delta cleats, NOT the Keo-type. The cleats are readily available from Look retailers. You can have them with the same specifications as the Keo cleats, in ...
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Can PROMEND cleats match Fizik Shoes and Look pedals?

You know the debate between OEM and aftermarket parts in auto insurance and repair? There’s a bit of that issue going on here, but I would generally come down more on the OEM side. Exustar and Xpedo ...
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How to detach a cleat with a warped screw

A dremel/rotary tool made this really easy last time it occurred to me. Just cut a slot, load a flat head bit into a ratchet, and zip it right out. Cut the slot nice and deep.
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Are LOOK-style cleats briefly usable after a corner collapse?

I find that look cleats work fine, until the corners start chipping off or breaking. At that point, you don't have positive foot retention and a foot can come off the pedal far easier. For me, my ...
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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 my ...
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How much float do the Speedplay Zero pedals have?

I read the following, from their website as having the option to either lock them in place and use them as a fixed cleat, or use them with up to 15º of adjustable float, which considering many are ...
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Climbing techique with panniers and cleats

A good option, if you can't shift any packed weight to the front of the bike, is to lean forward over the handlebars while climbing. You'll distribute your weight more equally between the wheels and ...
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Adapter for Cleats?

SPD pedals are fine on a road bike. In fact more of the road cyclists I know ride "MTB" or "touring" pedals than "road" pedals. These are a mixture of long distance cyclists, cycle tourists, and ...
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What are the thicknesses of different two-bolt bike shoe cleats?

SPDs can be clear of the ground, depending on your shoes. I use SPDs with Specialized Cadet (discontinued) and Giro Rumble shoes, which are fully recessed. I walk a few km a day in them, and have ...
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What are the thicknesses of different two-bolt bike shoe cleats?

Here are my measurements... Egg Beater: 6.3 mm SPD 2-bolt: 6.8 mm Time Atac: 7.0 mm Notes: All measured at the highest point with digital calipers. All were measured unmounted (I had 'em in a ...
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Aftermarket SPD-SL cleats

In the automotive industry, "aftermarket" refers to, from Wikipedia, all the secondary market for all vehicle parts and accessories, after the original sale, including replacement parts and ...
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Can I use mountain biking cleats on a road shoe...?

That's what soles look after installing SPD cleats. The serrated part of the cleat bites into the sole and makes permanent marks. It is the same with shoes intended for use with SPD cleats. That being ...
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