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    Extending "Plastic Cleats Lifetime"

    I am the kind of guy that refuses to buy ink replacement cartridges instead of refilling my own. The printer sales are not selling printers but ink futures. I found myself in the same position with "Plastic" replacement cleats in the "Look" form.

    The current prices are $19.95 for cleats that do not last very long. So I tried building up the old worn cleats with plastic epoxy from Walmart or other sources.

    Guess what, it works. Just mix up a batch and spread on the front and rear worn surfaces. Maybe we can drive down these ridiculous replacement prices.
    "The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane."

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    I think I have a pair of aluminium ones around here I would sell you. they may never wear out
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    Care to post pics or instructions? I resole my dress shoes, why not my bike cleats?

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    A friend once pointed out to me that you can make Shimano SPD-SL cleats last twice as long by switching the cleats between shoes when they are worn. This is possible b/cos you only wear out one side of each cleat when you cleat-out. You can then switch the right cleat to the left (and vice versa) to enjoy double cleat life.

    I am hoping you can do the same with Look cleats. I am a Shimano cleats guy.
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    Jed

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    Don't walk in your cleats. My Looks last years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jed19 View Post
    A friend once pointed out to me that you can make Shimano SPD-SL cleats last twice as long by switching the cleats between shoes when they are worn. This is possible b/cos you only wear out one side of each cleat when you cleat-out. You can then switch the right cleat to the left (and vice versa) to enjoy double cleat life.

    I am hoping you can do the same with Look cleats. I am a Shimano cleats guy.
    I am needing a new pair of Look cleats very soon so I think I will give this a try.

    Why is it the most simplest ideas are the hardest to come up with.

    Thanks Jed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
    Don't walk in your cleats. My Looks last years.
    +1 this.

    I've had these shoes with plastic (slotted) cleats for over 30 years:



    And, yes -- they are the shoes I use for the vast majority of my riding.

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    Put the cleat covers (rubber-like) in your pocket on every ride ,
    and use them to cover the cleat, each time.

    or be prepared to take off your shoes, when getting off the bike.

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    LOOK cleats are pretty cheap here: http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/product/t/look%20cleats

    I ordered my replacement Quartz cleats from Ribble (along with some other parts of course) after seeing them selling for almost $30 everywhere in the US. The three hole plastic cleats are even cheaper, cheap enough that even I wouldn't find it worth the effort to try and repair them (not that $20 is all that expensive to begin with).

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    I dont see how you guys get years out of look cleats. 9 months tops for me. I can accept that you dont wear your shoes, but Im not taking off the shoes when its time to take a bio break in a portapottie or service station rest room. Just not practical to never wear shoes off the bike. (But then again, I limited my new shoes to SIDI or Northwave since they are the only 2 brands with replaceable heel rubber....)

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