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Connecting and disconnecting clipless bike shoes from Shimano pedals

You're not going to break them, and really, their advice is too complicated. To clip in, just stomp your foot on the pedal in the right spot. If you don't get it right, try again. Pretty quickly it ...
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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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Waterproof overshoes: am I using them right?

I've got a couple of pairs, and have had similar experiences. The best I can do is with my better pair (with a reasonably tight but comfortable ankle strap) underneath my splash - resistant leg ...
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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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Shoes supporting heel-mounted cleats

With the help of a bike fitter and mechanic, we found a very good solution that has served me well. I've put in about 2000 km this year and am heading to my first imperial century tomorrow. ...
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Can I use "normal" shoes/trainers with clipless pedals?

Yes, you can use them with normal shoes, but as you predict, it isn't very comfortable, especially if your shoes have thin, flexible soles. Also, there's a risk of your foot slipping off, particularly ...
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Can mountain biking shoes be used with road bikes? What are the pros and cons?

A lot of riders appear to prefer SPD's, which is a great, and can work well (as indicated by the answers here). For interest sake here are some arguments for "road pedals" which are typically the ...
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Shoe covers (or other tricks) for commuting in shorts

if I wear the same clothes and just go for a walk/jog, then my feet stay dry for much longer Do you have mudguards (fenders) on your bike? If not your feet are in the spray from the front wheel and ...
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How tight should cycling shoes be?

In my experience you mainly want them to be comfortable. But there are several considerations: If the shoes are too short your toes will bump the ends, and this can become torturous 75 mile into a ...
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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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What is this apparatus for?

It is a machine used for heating the shoes so that they can be formed to your feet. the shoes are heated. You then put them on your feet and they use a vacuum bag around the shoe to compress it ...
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Shoe covers (or other tricks) for commuting in shorts

The main thing that would determine whether or not a particular brand or style of shoe cover will help would be the closure around your ankle, above the top of the shoe. A standard, non-cycling over-...
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Waterproofing leather bike shoes

I wouldn't use silicone spray to waterproof leather, I'd use a leather boot proofer like Nikwax (the original product, not the brand). The spray is unlikely to damage the shoes but isn't very ...
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How tight should cycling shoes be?

IMO you want your shoes to be a "generously" large fit when at rest. Not so large they slide around on your feet but still biggish while remaining comfortable. Why? Your feet will subtly swell ...
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Recommendations on how to buy clipless bike shoes

You need shoes, cleats and pedals all to be compatible. (There's also an implication that you have two feet, and nothing unusual there.) Shoes have to fit your feet comfortably, with a close fit ...
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Connecting and disconnecting clipless bike shoes from Shimano pedals

No, you cannot break the cleats nor the shoes or pedals with any reasonable movements. They are made to withstand even large forces directly pulling the cleats from the shoes and various forces that ...
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How do I get rid of odor from cycling shoes?

Simple, yet powerful solution - pour max 1 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda, found in any store) into the shoes before or after wearing them. It will kill the bacteria and any other "stuff" ...
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Bicycle shoes for road cycling

Assuming that you're talking about cleats on your shoes, there are three main attachment systems. Left: 2-bolt, Middle: 2 or 3 bolt, Right: 3 bolt. Notice how the one on the left has a chunkier sole....
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Can I use "normal" shoes/trainers with clipless pedals?

UPDATE: I use Fly Pedals now when I want to convert my clipless pedals into regular pedals. They are made of machined aluminum, light weight, and lock together so you can put them in your pocket. They ...
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What kind of shoes can you use with Garmin Vector pedals?

You don't need to buy Look brand shoes to mount Look cleats on them. You do need shoes that have mounting holes that fit Look cleats. Look-compatible mounting holes are the dominant standard for road ...
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Shoes for commuting

Before I went for clipless pedals and shoes to suit I found there were 2 options: sports sandals, ideally with some protection for your toes. These dry almost instantly, and all but the very cheapest ...
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Performance Road Flat Shoe/Pedal combo

The shoes and pedals that are appropriate for road cycling are the ones you feel comfortable using. Almost all MTB shoes come with a "plug" over the screw-hole recess that you could just leave in ...
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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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Specialized shoe Boa SV2 ratchet service?

Boa is a company that makes closure systems for cycling and other shoes. My understanding is that many, and possibly all, Boa dials are user replaceable. The dials house the ratchet mechanism and the ...
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Does an SPD-SL AND SPD compatible pedal/shoe exist?

Here what you do. Contact Bodybike who makes bikes for spinning. Their pedals have SPD on one side and Look Delta on the other.Just run Look Delta cleats on your road shoes and Shimano SPD on your "...
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Are there any cleats (for SPD-SL) that convert the pedal to a regular flat platform for regular shoes?

For a ready made part, see Fly Pedals. This is essentially just a metal platform, which you bolt cleats onto, then clip them into your pedals. They are threaded with holes for 2-bolt or 3-bolt cleats,...
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How do I get rid of odor from cycling shoes?

If odor is your main concern, I can highly recommend the so-called boot bananas. You put them in your shoes whenever you are not using them, and it slowly kills all odors. I have a pair of boot-...
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Asymmetric pedaling?

Bilateral asymmetry in pedaling is well-known and long-studied. You can see the abstract of a review of what is known about bilateral asymmetry in running and cycling here. During cycling, bilateral ...
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How tight should cycling shoes be?

You control the angle of your skis through your ski boots. Any slack between your foot and the boots compromises your directional control. Therefore the boots need to be really close fitting. My toes ...
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Waterproof overshoes: am I using them right?

Overshoes over the top of normal bicycling shoes with cleats are not "waterproof". Water gets in through the cleat holes. And, as you've discovered, through the ankle holes. All you can do ...
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