I just got some new shoes about a month ago so I was testing out cleat placement. They needed to be moved forward a bit. All but one of the hex head bolts came out. It is totally rounded and stripped at this point. I hammered a flat head screw driver into it making a real nice slot and the head broke off in the damn thing when trying to unscrew it! I thought about drilling it out but that may ruin the piece that it screws into and it appears that the insoles to these shoes are glued in so I cannot add another femail conector in through the shoe like I could on all my other shoes. Any suggestions on how to get this sucker out? I did actually grease the threads and it's only been in there for about 3 weeks. It's totally rounded and beat to hell.
'''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
Drill the center of the bolt head with a 5mm (or 13/64" which is close enough) drill bit just deep enough until the bolt head pops off and rotates with the bit. You can then take the cleat off and remove the bolt stub with pliers or a Vice Grip. This will save both the cleat and the retainer plate inside the shoe. I've done this a couple of times and it really works.