Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-08-10, 11:14 AM   #1
Re-Cycle
<3s bikes
Thread Starter
 
Re-Cycle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: CA
Bikes: lots
Posts: 1,054
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Keen sandals giving me trouble with spd cleats

So I've gotten about 50 miles on a brand new set of keen sandals with brand new SPD cleats and have had to readjust the cleat going on three times already because it seems the cleat is moving. The cleat of course has teeth to grip the sole of the shoe and I've tightened the retaining bolts to what I thing is a reasonable level but I've noticed that my heel keeps finding itself further and further out as the cleat rotates from clipping out. I've backed off the tension on all 4 places on my XC style shimano SPD pedals but as soon as I get home from work today I'm going to yet again have to readjust the cleat. The only thing I can think of so far is that I'm using the phillips retaining bolts that came with the shoe, not allen bolts that usually come with the cleat. Could it be that the allen head isn't allowing me to apply enough torque?
Re-Cycle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-10, 12:17 PM   #2
cman
Senior Member
 
cman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Boise,ID
Bikes:
Posts: 517
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I am guessing you might not get much help as most of your neighbors to the north are still riding in Snow boot
cman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-10, 12:33 PM   #3
nkfrench 
Senior Member
 
nkfrench's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Bikes: 2006 Specialized Ruby Pro aka "Rhubarb" / and a backup road bike
Posts: 1,831
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I got Keen sandals 6 months ago w/ new SPD cleats and have put over 2000 miles on them with no adjustments. I absolutely love these sandals - cured the hotfoot I was having in other shoes on 30+ mile rides. Friends give me grief for wearing them on rides with temps mid-40s but the rubber toe bumper keeps toes much warmer than you would think ...

The pedals probably are at the loosest tensioning as I was brand new to clipless pedals when they went on the bike. They are Shimano MTB 540's (I think).

LBS put everything together for me.
nkfrench is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-10, 09:24 PM   #4
BA Commuter
Comfortably Numb!
 
BA Commuter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: East Jabip
Bikes: Jamis Commuter 3.0
Posts: 943
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Cowboy up and tighten the cleats! It's been in the single digits around here, so my sandals are in a deep freeze/sleep right now...
BA Commuter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-10, 09:31 PM   #5
Wake
Sputnik - beep beep beep
 
Wake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Louisville KY
Bikes: '12 Jamis Coda Elite '09 Jamis Sputnik, '07 Jamis Eclipse, '13 Brompton M6R.
Posts: 481
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Re-Cycle View Post
Could it be that the allen head isn't allowing me to apply enough torque?
Probably more likely that the bolt isn't seating properly and loosening up. You might try Loctite if it's getting loose.

Last edited by Wake; 01-08-10 at 09:31 PM. Reason: sp
Wake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-10, 09:53 PM   #6
travelmama
Senior Member
 
travelmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Long Beach,CA
Bikes: Kona Ute, Nishiki 4130, Trek 7000, K2 Mach 1.0, Novara Randonee, Schwinn Loop, K2 Zed 1.0, Schwinn Cream, Torker Boardwalk
Posts: 1,410
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wake View Post
Probably more likely that the bolt isn't seating properly and loosening up. You might try Loctite if it's getting loose.
Agreed. I too, have the sandals and find them not the easiest shoes to remove from the cleats. One day, I lost a screw from the cleat and my shoe was stuck in the pedal. I had to remove the entire pedal to loosen the shoe. I made some adjustments and all is good now. As long as I keep the shoes tight around my feet I have no problems getting in and out of the pedals.
travelmama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-10, 07:07 PM   #7
nkfrench 
Senior Member
 
nkfrench's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Bikes: 2006 Specialized Ruby Pro aka "Rhubarb" / and a backup road bike
Posts: 1,831
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Oh, yeah, I did have a little "issue" on my first ride. The sandals were very loose and my foot came out while the sandal stayed clipped in. Just had to make sure the sandals weren't sloppy-floppy on my feet to fix that. No problem with the cleats/pedals though. I did a check and the cleat is still firmly affixed to the sandal.
nkfrench is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:31 AM.