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Old 02-20-08, 08:07 PM   #1
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Look Keo Carbon pedals: Cleat Replacement?

So, I'm giving up on my Speedplays. Even with regular (5k miles) cleat replacement and lube, the little wrench shaped metal pieces under the bowties/butterflies are worn out.

I've put in an order for some Keos, with the 4.5 degree cleats along with the standard no-float cleats. My question now is when should I replace the cleats? I don't want to be the ******bag who breaks a cleat going for a prime and takes down 20 people at 30 per.

Three times a year? Once a month? Every fortnight with the exception of Lent, during which you abstain from replacement?
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Old 02-20-08, 08:19 PM   #2
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They have little holes molded into them. You're supposed to replace them when the holes wear flush with the rest of the cleat. It's pretty conservative so I let mine go a bit more before replacement. Try not to walk on the keo cleats; they wear quickly. I have about 3k miles on mine and they're halfway to the wear markers.
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I don't want to be the ******bag who breaks a cleat going for a prime and takes down 20 people at 30
You'll need a serious attitude adjustment to participate in bicycle racing young man. What kind of racer can you expect to be if you don't embrace your Inner ******bag?
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I've been using those for half a year sans cleat covers, and they're are absolutely fine still. Only thing that remained as unscathed on my rig as those cleats, was my inner-DB.
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I Only thing that remained as unscathed on my rig as those cleats, was my inner-DB.
That's the important thing.
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They have little holes molded into them. You're supposed to replace them when the holes wear flush with the rest of the cleat. It's pretty conservative so I let mine go a bit more before replacement. Try not to walk on the keo cleats; they wear quickly. I have about 3k miles on mine and they're halfway to the wear markers.
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Just keep an eye on those wear holes.

I go through about 2 pair a season
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So, I'm giving up on my Speedplays. Even with regular (5k miles) cleat replacement and lube, the little wrench shaped metal pieces under the bowties/butterflies are worn out.

I've put in an order for some Keos, with the 4.5 degree cleats along with the standard no-float cleats. My question now is when should I replace the cleats? I don't want to be the ******bag who breaks a cleat going for a prime and takes down 20 people at 30 per.

Three times a year? Once a month? Every fortnight with the exception of Lent, during which you abstain from replacement?
I change them out when the toe part of the cleat gets worn down. That's typically around 2,000-2,500 miles for me. Usually my left one wears out soonest as that's the leg I usually put down when I need to stop.
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Yep, I can get 3-4k miles before they are worn down thru the indicators. I usually end up changing them earlier, though, which means that I have not embraced my inner-******bag. Actually, it's not inside me - I walk around all day acting like a DB.
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Wearing your DB on your sleeve somehow embraces all that forgotten nobility.
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My training includes lots of time working through heavy traffic to get to the good roads. My stopping foot cleat (I don't trackstand at lights) gets replaced often, because I tend to wear down one corner on push-off I guess enough that my knee will get pissed off before the entire cleat needs to go....though it goes get onto the wear indicator at that point, meaning I could possibly snap off the tip if I tried hard enough. I tend to replace that side at least 2x as often as the side that stays clipped in. The covers are enough to keep that one fresh for a long time. At least they're cheap.

Of course, I've broken a new cleat in a fail-to-unclip-in-time moment. They are not that durable. I have never worried about tearing one up in a sprint, though. I did manage to nearly torque one off in an ITT last year (all the screws came loose). I'm not sure how that happened.
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