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Old 04-02-13, 09:56 AM   #1
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Time for cleats - what is good?

My cleats are worn out (old Time cleats).

I am thinking it is a good time to get some new cleats. What are good? Keo, Shimano, Look, others? Any strengths/weaknesses for one style over another?
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Old 04-02-13, 10:42 AM   #2
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My cleats are worn out (old Time cleats).

I am thinking it is a good time to get some new cleats. What are good? Keo, Shimano, Look, others? Any strengths/weaknesses for one style over another?
Do you mean new pedals?

Popular (for good reason) are:
- Shimano SPD-SL (Dura Ace, Ultegra, 105, R540)
- LOOK KEO Max 2
- Speedplay Zero

Very few people use Time pedals on the track.

Also, worn pedals should absolutely not be used. Unclipping on the track is a lot scarier than unclipping on the road

That being said, I'd suggest Shimano SPD-SL. They are quality, inexpensive (for those in the lower part of the lineup), and easy to find. Ultegra and Dura Ace are are more expensive because they use nicer bearings and weigh less. Shimano R540s are great for those on a budget that want a quality pedal: http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-SPD-SL.../dp/B000P9TOHQ

But, LOOK KEO Max 2 and Speedplay Zero are nice, too. It's about preference at this point.
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I'd second spd-sl if you're not a beast on the track. Cheap, really nice engagement, easier to walk on (which helps when training).

You can pull out of them (as with most pedals) if you really really try but mostly thats down to your power output and technique.

For racing the Exustar Track pedals are pretty awesome as they're one of the few off-the-shelf clipless with strap set-ups (Exustar E-PR107TK), but straps on clipless pedals are a pain when training.
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Old 04-02-13, 12:26 PM   #4
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I like my Shimano 105's, they are inexpensive, look good and work fine. Would I buy them again? Probably not...
I train at a closed path in the weekdays and at the velodrome on the weekend, to get to the path I need to walk like 300 meters, my cleats are absolutely worn after 3 months. There's a cleat cover for Shimano spd-sl's but they are hard to find, the cleats on Look pedals on the other hand seem to worn out slowly (my training partner uses Look) and the cleat cover is available everywhere.

Some guys at the track use the Exaustar mentioned above and swear by them but I never used them.
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I'll second 105's. Super easy to put straps on if you want to, and the cleats are easy to walk in.
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I like my Shimano 105's, they are inexpensive, look good and work fine. Would I buy them again? Probably not...
I train at a closed path in the weekdays and at the velodrome on the weekend, to get to the path I need to walk like 300 meters, my cleats are absolutely worn after 3 months. There's a cleat cover for Shimano spd-sl's but they are hard to find, the cleats on Look pedals on the other hand seem to worn out slowly (my training partner uses Look) and the cleat cover is available everywhere.

Some guys at the track use the Exaustar mentioned above and swear by them but I never used them.
For what it's worth, any shop should be able to get you cleat covers for SPD-SLs--both Shimano and Kool Kovers make them, and are carried by QBP.
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Thanks. Yep, both pedals and cleats. Sounds like it is a matter of preference, but I would want to have some cleat covers to minimize wear. I do tend to put a par of crocks in a hip belt to wear instead of bike shoes if I have to go more than a few feet.
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