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Old 07-08-05, 01:16 PM   #1
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Question for Egg Beater users

Yesterday on the ride home I had a hard time keeping my left foot clipped in. That's the foot I put down when I stop. When I got home I compared the cleats to the ones on my other commuting shoes and it seems that the left one has worn down just enough that it's time to replace them. I started commuting whith Egg Beaters in December. Shouldn't the cleats last longer than 7 months?
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Old 07-08-05, 02:24 PM   #2
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Egg Beater cleats are made out of a softer metal than the pedals so that the cleats wear out in instead of the pedals. That being said, there are several variables to consider:

1. What kind of mileage have you put in during that time?
2. Do you ride in an urban or rural environment? You would generally clip in and our more often riding in the city.
3. Do you walk a lot in your cycling shoes?

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Also make a habit of clicking out of your right foot as frequently as possible. Both cleats will wear evenly and last longer.
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Old 07-08-05, 03:25 PM   #4
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egg beater cleats are made of brass which is softer than the pedals so the cleats wear preferentially rather than the pedals- they seem to be a lot softer than SPD cleats- I used egg beaters on a single mountain bike ride (with some carrying sections) and they looked a like something that fell to earth in a meteorite.
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Old 07-08-05, 04:03 PM   #5
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I used egg beaters on a single mountain bike ride (with some carrying sections) and they looked a like something that fell to earth in a meteorite.
you're absolutely right about that....
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Old 07-10-05, 05:58 AM   #6
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Egg Beater cleats are made out of a softer metal than the pedals so that the cleats wear out in instead of the pedals.
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egg beater cleats are made of brass which is softer than the pedals so the cleats wear preferentially rather than the pedals...
Thanks for the replies. I commute on the streets of Atlanta and stop (unclip) and start (clip in) every few blocks.

Does anyone know of an after market cleat that might last a little longer? Maybe a hard plastic like Look cleats or a material slightly harder than brass?
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Thanks for the replies. I commute on the streets of Atlanta and stop (unclip) and start (clip in) every few blocks.

Does anyone know of an after market cleat that might last a little longer? Maybe a hard plastic like Look cleats or a material slightly harder than brass?
Well the cleats are brass so that the cleats wear instead of the pedal itself. A harder cleat might counteract that.
Check ebay, sometimes they have them for cheap
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I have only tried eggbeaters and SPD´s but I think the SPD´s are fine for riding round town. You can make them very easy to clip out by buying multi-release cleats and/or adjusting the spring tension right down. Inexpensive and lots of choice with pedals and MTB shoes with recessed cleats. The cleats last OK. What´s popular isn´t always bad.
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Thanks for all the information.
The other day I took a good close look at the pedals and noticed that the left pedal is broken, meaning there is way too much play - the spring isn't holding the "U" sections at a 90 degree angle but allowing them to move about 2-3 mm. No wonder my cleat was wearing out and kept coming loose from the pedal.
I took the pedals to the shop where I bought the bike (Dec 2004) and they gave me some loaner pedals while mine are at Crank Bros. for repair. Don't know why Crank Bros. can't just replace them?

Anyone else have similar problems with egg beater pedals?
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I've ridden Egg Beaters on my three bikes for about three years now. I wear the same shoes/cleats when I ride all three bikes. I commute to work 3-4 days per week, and ride some on weekends too. That said, I have never replaced my cleats, and never had trouble with the pedals. All three pairs of my pedals are the "original" egg beaters. I only clip out a handful of times per ride (not too many stoplights, etc.), and I don't have to walk much on the cleats. Maybe that accounts some for how long my cleats/pedals have gone with no problems.

Egg beaters are great pedals, in my opinion. Especially now that they can be found so inexpensively online. I paid $109 for my first pair. Last year I bought a pair for a gift for about $60.
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Anyone else have similar problems with egg beater pedals?
I have Mallets on my commuter and Egg Beaters on my road bike, never had a problem with either (and the Mallets have gone through a nasty Winnipeg winter too...).
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The key to these cleats lasting longer is to use them with shoes with enough sole/tread material protecting the cleats if you do some walking off the bike, otherwise they will wear down very quickly.......alot more so than from the usual cleat/pedal wear....
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Old 07-18-05, 06:00 PM   #13
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If the pedals are broken, you should see if Crank bros. will fix them. how long have you had the pedals? Crank bros. has a 2 year limited warranty against defects. They also say "However, we at Crank brothers are reasonable people and we believe in our product, so if you can give us a reasonable explanation, we'll fix or replace even your rider error damaged pedals."

you can call them at 949-464-9916 or email info@crankbrothers.com

if they aren't much more than two years old and you haven't broken them by jumping off buildings and trees and whatever, they should take care of you.
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according to the interbike coverage, crank brothers is coming out with a harder brass cleat for the candy 4ti. they'll probably be available separately or on ebay soon.
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I commuted with Candy-C pedals for about 5 months until I noticed my right-side cleat wearing-down to the point where I was feeling a lot of play in the retention compared to the left side. Went to my local Performance Bike shop to get a set of replacement cleats, but when I saw how the price for a set of C-Bro's cleats were only $3 less than a new set of Performance SPD-clone pedals on-sale, I just bought the new pedals!

It did a week however for me to readjust to the fact that I can't pull-into SPD pedals and engage the pedal from behind like the C-Bro's (more natural than the conventional toe-first entry).
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