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Old 08-14-13, 09:53 PM   #1
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Adding tread to worn cycling shoe soles

Walking around in your cycling shoes (the ones meant to double as walking shoes), the tread gets worn out. Is there anyway to add back some thickness, so that the cleat doesn't also get worn? This guy suggests using a glue gun:
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...1#post10706047
Has anyone else tried this? Does the glue have traction like rubber?
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Old 08-14-13, 10:00 PM   #2
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It hasn't made sense to take my shoes to the cobbler, because they want to charge as much as I have paid for the shoes new. I have been lucky with nashbar, and have found sales for a cost of $20 to $30, shipped.

Not finding a satisfactory solution all this time, I let my shoes wear out, until the cleat wore out with it, and my foot disengaged twice when pulling up (pullouts occured a few weeks apart, under a sprint, and going up a hill... no crash, but the second time I broke a spoke in the front wheel). One thing I tried was putting in some screw-in football/baseball cleats: these wore out quick, and being plastic, they were slippery and not much fun to walk on... are there ones that are more durable and made of hard rubber?
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I use Shoe Goo to build up worn soles on my shoes -- none of which are bicycling specific. Clean the bottom and let it dry, make a dam of electrical or masking tape, and fill in the space with the shoe goo. Don't disturb it until it cures/dries. It wears better than the original soles on things like Birkenstocks.
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For my recessed-cleat boots, I rebuilt the heel tread by sanding the existing tread flat with a belt sander, then using industrial contact cement to stick on new tread cut from a section of delaminated retread tire from along side the freeway.
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I use Shoe Goo to build up worn soles on my shoes -- none of which are bicycling specific. Clean the bottom and let it dry, make a dam of electrical or masking tape, and fill in the space with the shoe goo. Don't disturb it until it cures/dries. It wears better than the original soles on things like Birkenstocks.
+1 I've been using Shoe Goo for years. It also is great for filling the cuts in your bicycle tires.
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you guys will go to great lengths not to break in a new pair of shoes
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We don't want to break into our wallets.
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I typically crack the plate well before the tread wears off. I wish commuter-level mtb shoes had replaceable plates.
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Spare_wheel, I have never cracked the plate. Maybe you are over-tightening?
Others, thanks for the great advice.
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you guys will go to great lengths not to break in a new pair of shoes
Custom boots are expensive, whether cycling or walking. Nothing strange about putting new tread on them. If it's anything more serious than tread wear, I'd take them to my cobbler.

I nursed my last pair of SPD sandals along for years since they were a discontinued model, but eventually the nylon core of the sole fatigued through. Nothing to be done about that.
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This is a real good thread in my opinion. I am having the same issues on my commuting shoes. Thank you for this topic.
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Custom boots are expensive, whether cycling or walking. Nothing strange about putting new tread on them. If it's anything more serious than tread wear, I'd take them to my cobbler.

I nursed my last pair of SPD sandals along for years since they were a discontinued model, but eventually the nylon core of the sole fatigued through. Nothing to be done about that.

Never really though of it that way... I only have my NOAT clogs resoled. I kind of look at cycling shoes as 'You wear them down and get a new pair' , I normally buy 2 pair at a time so I get about 3 seasons out of them. I used shoegue on my tennis shoes back in the early 80's... but I was a poor college student back then.Guess I got more $$$ than sense now.
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