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Old 07-11-09, 08:36 PM   #1
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Got no love from my clipless shoes today . . . cheap fix?

Out for a ride today and this happened with my old (but very comfortable) cycling shoes, 3-bolt road style.







My Dura Ace crank/BB upgrades have zapped my monthly cycling budget, so I'm hoping to get another 200-400 miles on these before the end of the month.

Can anyone recommend any glue/adhesive that could seal these up tight?

Also, 3-hole shoe recommendations, I don't need a carbon sole or anything too fancy?
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Hmm, OK, in legal-ese "I do not suggest you do this, and I cannot be responsible if you follow my directions!"

Now, with that out of the way...I would use plastic-specific epoxy, available from your nearest hardware store. Regular epoxy is a close second. Tape it to hold it together and let it cure overnight. It should do the job, if that's not polyethylene (doubt it is). If it's polyethylene throw them out...nothing bonds that stuff, ever.
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Some good old fashioned super glue should do the trick...
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Shoe-Goo.
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Check with a cobbler. They should be able to glue it fairly inexpensively. If not, I use Shoe Goo to extend the life of the sole when worn, so it should hold it too, but the best is a good shoe repairman. Any leather shop should be able to help you too if you can't find a shoe specific store.
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Ah, Nike's "dry glue" issue. Happens to all of their shoes, from basketball to running - and apparently to cycling, too.

I'd go with epoxy or a hot glue gun, myself. Super glue doesn't hold as well with non-porous/pleather materials. Shoe goo probably won't withstand the forces placed on cycling shoes.
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Bring it to a cobbler (shoe repair guy). He will do it right, durably, and inexpensively. He has done this repair hundreds or thousands of times.
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Gorilla glue is perfect for this repair. It cleans up with alchohol, and needs some moisture to cure correctly. Your shoe is probably humid enough. A little goes a long way. It will foam and fill in small voids. It's as strong as epoxy and still slightly flexable. Wear nitrile or latex gloves as it will stain your hands black. Clamp or tie the sole down to the shoe as the foaming may push the sole away from the shoe slightly. Rubber bands will work fine for this.
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Bring it to a cobbler (shoe repair guy). He will do it right, durably, and inexpensively. He has done this repair hundreds or thousands of times.
that's the way to go. They have got the knowledge to professionally repair shoes. And they know and have the glues that work best for leather, fabrics and plastics, will withstand temperature changes, sweat, rain etc.
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I look at it as a cost/benefit issue. If you plan to use the shoes for another few years, then by all means, go to a cobbler and spend the $30-$50 that it'll cost to have them fixed right. If you just want them to last a while longer, I'd go with a DIY solution.

Seriously, Shoe Goo is probably one of the best purpose-specific products I've ever used. It really has exceeded my expectations. I've used the stuff on dress shoes, hiking boots, and tennis shoes and the repairs have all held. I'll bet you a dollar this stuff will fix your shoes for the rest of the season, at least. In case you're wondering why I'm so enthusiastic, it's because I just discovered this stuff a couple of years ago (even though it's probably been around forever) and it has worked like a charm on everything I've thrown it at.

I wouldn't bother with super glue or Gorilla glue as they aren't ideal for connections that flex. Hot glue, maybe -- the stuff doesn't seem to retain it's hold over time for me, especially with non-porous surfaces (like the sole of your shoe).
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Weird. My walking shoe did the same thing today. I used Gorilla Glue. Just wet the surfaces first, and then clamp it with a big c-clamp. Ready to use in a few hours.

I had to fix the other shoe the same way a month ago. It's still solid.
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Did the plastic epoxy this morning (it was smoking!), then used zip ties (around the shoe) to compress it. About to grab the shoe from the porch and go for a ride. I'll post some pics if it works.
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Buy some SIDI shoes, not their cheapest. Good cycling shoes are well worth the money. You get what you pay for.

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I was going to suggest shoo goo (I LOVE that stuff) but I have a lot of faith in shoe-repair shops for this type of thing, and for their repairs to hold up and look better longer.
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did you take them back to a nike dealer and see what they said?
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If you want it fixed right take it to a shoe repair shop or the above first.
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Well it isn't pretty, and I now have a tiny piece of zip-tie attached to the side of my shoe, but went for a 25 mi ride, through post-cubs-game traffic, unclipped/clipped about 150 times, and solid as a rock. The shoe is noticeably stiffer now (which I'm fine with) after using the plastic epoxy. Should get me through to next month . . .







I'm sure I could have used less and it would of looked nicer, but these are old, and I just want them to hold together for a little while longer.

1/2 Tube of Ace Hardware plastic epoxy, 2 dollar fix.

Thanks for the help and suggestions!
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Should get me through to next month . . .
If I were you I'd keep the shoes the epoxy is likely stronger than the rest of the shoe material, so I bet the shoe will last a long time.
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Buy some SIDI shoes, not their cheapest. Good cycling shoes are well worth the money. You get what you pay for.

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My girlfriend did this exact thing to her SIDI's. In the middle of a ride too, during a steep, offroad decent. Didn't realize it until she reached the bottom and tried to unclip. Luckily, duct tape came to the rescue yet again.

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Shoe-Goo.
+10000

Heck, you may another 10,000 miles out of them.
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