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Old 12-17-07, 03:52 PM   #1
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Getting snow stuck in your cleats?

I love riding my bike in the snow clipless, but i cant get to a safe spot to mount my bike without trudging through the snow, which then gets stuck in my cleats. Once my cleats are filled with snow I have to spend an awkward few minutes scraping snow off each show without getting any more back in when I switch feet.

any tricks/suggestions/workarounds for this?
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Old 12-17-07, 04:59 PM   #2
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What I usually do is tap my cleat on top of the pedal kind of hard and it breaks all the snow free allowing me to clip in. I could see problems with the closed SPD design, I have the new SPD's that are more hollowed out. But give that a try, it works for me.
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Old 12-17-07, 05:05 PM   #3
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yea i've tried that and it doesn't really work. what I'm looking for is something closer to a preventative measure.
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Old 12-17-07, 06:24 PM   #4
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honestly clips and straps may be more convenient in the winter. when iced snow gets in your cleats, it is so annoying since its hard and sticks
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Old 12-17-07, 07:47 PM   #5
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Spray your cleats with Pam or silicone, and the ice won't stick as easily.
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I don't use my clipless in the snow.
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I use the Shimano M324 pedal. Its SPD on one side and platform on the other. If its really snowy I just ride on the platforms until I can knock the snow off and clip in. Works good.
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Spray your cleats with Pam or silicone, and the ice won't stick as easily.
i'll try this out

otherwise i guess its traps and straps, which are nowhere near as much fun as clipless, but you gotta do what you gotta do I guess
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My SPD's run just fine all winter by periodically spraying them with a light lube like silicone, WD-40, whatever is at hand.
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I experience brett_jerk's problem with my Speedplays but not my SPDs so I switched to the SPDs for the winter.

brett_jerk, what type pedals are you using? Did the PAM work?
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Time ATACS..... no cloggin'. Slap on the pedal and go
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Spray your cleats with Pam or silicone, and the ice won't stick as easily.
pam
silicone
boeshield

it all works pretty well...
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Time ATACS..... no cloggin'. Slap on the pedal and go
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I run ATACs on all of my mtb machines and my cyclocross bike. They have many advantages IMHO; however, their ability to offer a platform AND shed mud/snow is huge for me.

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I can step in when I can't even see my pedal with ATACS.
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Time ATAC's are the best. Do the old cleats work with the new '06+ pedals?
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Old 12-19-07, 02:13 PM   #16
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you mean the REAAAAAAALY old block O brass cleats?? Nope.
I had to buy new shoes my block ATACS lasted so long. Since then in a year oI'm on my third set of cleats.
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Try Egg beaters.
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time atacs or some egg beater variant will work. I use both and rarely have probs
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Old 12-31-07, 10:24 AM   #19
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i'm living real low budget (I got the cleats and pedals for free from a friend) so after some failed attempts with pam (it helped, but did not stop the problem) I went and bought a decent pair of traps/straps to replace my old junky pair. Works much better.
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