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    SPD pedals wearing out????

    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?
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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
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    Maybe you're just getting stronger?

    But, +1 on checking the shoe-to-cleat attachment.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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?
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    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
    shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hickeydog View Post
    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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