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Old 05-01-10, 04:22 PM
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Rusting SPD style cleats

I had to ride a local offroad trail during a storm last night to get home (greatest ride of my life). I got home and left my cycling shoes out on the sheltered porch so they wouldn't get my floor wet and so they could begin to dry in the morning.

Now checking on them, I see that the SPD cleats have some surface rust on them, and so does one bolt. These are not shimano cleats, they came with my Nashbar MTB clipless pedals. I know the rust is not bad enough to affect the strength of the metal cleats or bolts, but I'm wondering if I should take them off immediately and replace them with genuine shimano cleats (which are compatible with my pedals)? Are shimano cleats even rust-proof?

Or can I forget about it for a few months before this issue needs to be addressed? If so, is it ok for me to sand off the surface rust?
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Old 05-01-10, 04:52 PM
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I'd remove the cleats, clean off the rust and reinstall with a little grease on the threads. I doubt you'd have any issues using them as-is but letting them rust in place will make future removal very difficult. I've never seen rust on my Shimano SPD cleats.
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Old 05-02-10, 12:55 AM
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My 5+ year old Shimano SPD's are quite rusty. Last year at some point I unbolted them and regreased the threads when making a minor position adjustment. They have seen a lot of rain, snow, mud, and who knows what else. Still engage just fine. I would continue to ride them, but if you are worried, adjust the tension bolt open on your pedals a bit.
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Old 05-02-10, 12:11 PM
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Thanks guys, I have some citrus derived rust remover that I'll brush the cleats down with before re-installing them.
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Old 05-02-10, 01:24 PM
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I'd avoid getting any kind of solvent near my shoes if I were you.
A little surface rust is no biggie. Squirt a little WD40 on them and give them a scrub with a toothbrush. They'll be fine.

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Old 05-02-10, 02:07 PM
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When I install them I lather them up in car wax. Non-stick and anti rust, plus it adds a little lubricity.
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SPD's will always have a little rust if you ride MTB. Don't worry about it. Only thing you need to do is grease the threads when you originally install.
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