Bicycle Mechanics - SPD pedals wearing out????
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08-02-07, 03:10 PM
How long should a pair of SPD pedals and/or cleats last? I have have a pair for about 2 months now and I don't have the tension on the pedals that I used to have. I use to be able to ride without any shifting of the cleat in the pedal when I am pulling up. Now, I can feel a slight "give space" whenever I pull up. Is this a nuatural "give space" and I have only begin to notice it? or are my cleats wearing out?
Most spd pedals have tension screws you can adjust with a hex wrench (prob 3 or 4 mm) They are located on the back of the pedal as seen from top.
08-02-07, 03:41 PM
Very unlikely your cleats or pedals have worn out. You might also want to check the two screws attaching the cleat to your shoe. Sometimes they can loosen up.
08-02-07, 03:45 PM
I replace my cleats about once a year, about as often as my chains. All of my clipless pedals have started out a little tight and loosened up a bit over time. My Crank Brothers aren't adjustable and start out extremely tight for the first few rides and don't begin to feel right until after a dozen rides. If yours are Shimanos or another clone, just add a turn or so to the tension adjustment of the pedals to compensate.
08-02-07, 03:52 PM
I put new cleats on every two years and my pedals were bought in 2001 for both bikes. I have about 8000 miles collectively on the pedals and they work fine.
08-02-07, 04:02 PM
Also check the pedal spindle. I thought my cleat was coming loose or that there was a defect in my SPD pedals, but when I checked, the spindle was loose. This was a Wellgo brand fwiw.
08-02-07, 07:10 PM
Maybe you're just getting stronger?
But, +1 on checking the shoe-to-cleat attachment.
08-02-07, 07:22 PM
I second the need for replacing cleats. It's really bad to let them wear out. Imagine stopping, turning your foot, but not detaching, and falling over. Wait. I don't have to imagine.
08-02-07, 08:48 PM
The cleats do wear. I love Crank Bros and have them on every bike I own, but their cleats do wear down from walking and also from clipping in/out many times -- at least the standard brass ones do. I guess CB now offers a "premium cleat" made of TI or something.
08-04-07, 09:18 AM
I do know about the tension adjustment, and I have it maxed out. So bassically, what everyone is saying is the cleats wear out, but not that fast?
The Ultegras that came on my '96 carbon 5020 road bike wore out in ~8000 miles,
the bearings went bad. I was on my second set of cleats. YMMV. The speedplay
X2 I used on the three road bikes have between 10 and 13Kmi with no perceptible
wear. Cleats are good for 5-8k. The Frogs on my bent are upto 16kmi and the
3d set of cleats, they wear out faster than the X cleats. Bearings are in excellent
08-04-07, 07:11 PM
So bassically, what everyone is saying is the cleats wear out, but not that fast?
I've got a bit over 10000km on my SPDs (pedals and cleats) and they're still working just fine. However, it's probably more a matter of how many times you clip in and out than distance.
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