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One of screws holding SPD cleat to shoe came loose. How can I free pedal from shoe?

Old 08-05-14, 05:28 PM
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One of screws holding SPD cleat to shoe came loose. How can I free pedal from shoe?

First, up front, I'm lazy! I'm posting here before any "due diligence."

When I stopped at mile 20 for a fresh peach at the farm stand, I couldn't release by twisting my right foot. Of course that made me remember that it had been somewhat funky on my previous ride. "Attention Deficit" is not abstract! I unlatched the shoe so I could pull my foot out and go get my peach with one foot clad in a sock.

I have MTB soles on my SIDI shoes, so I cannot spin the shoe on the pedal. While at the farm stand, I released all the tension from the PD-M540 (?) SPD (on both flats) pedals. But I didn't find much play, I couldn't get decent leverage with stubby screwdriver on the do-it-all-tool I carry. So I tightened the release enough so there was tension, strapped myself in,* and rode home. Four hours of chores (and a shower) and I'm thinking of tomorrow's ride.

Now that I have my workshop at hand, I can easily remove both release screws, unscrew the plates, and keep diving in until I solve the problem. Or I could reduce tension and grab a big prybar and pry the shoe off (probably). And I have a pedal wrench, so I could remove the pedal (right side, so righty-tighty, so it's not reverse threaded).

Or, I can ask you guys, people who know what they are doing! All the above approaches have potential problems. The pedals and shoes are both reasonably new and work well.

At this point, my shoe remains on the pedal which remains on the bike.

THANK YOU ALL - I consider one of my tasks is to illustrate just how little some of us understand the mechanics of bikes. I think I do that well.
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If the screw is loose not missing I'd stick a broom handle in the shoe for leverage and twist the heel towards the outside.
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Reduce tension to it's lowest, then a deliberate application of force. Might be easier to find an angle that'll allow the insertion of a hefty screwdriver/slender pry bar with the pedal off the bike and into a vise. I'd put the pedal in a beat up crank, then the crank in the vise. Or some care/ingenuity will be required. Remember the direction it's supposed to release in, apply leverage accordingly.
I use threadlock on the screws, and fill the tool slot with hotglue. You'd be amazed how easy it is to accidentally stomp a press-fit pebble into the Allen head, and how difficult it is to remove.
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I had that happen a few months ago. I think I just muscled the shoe off once I got my foot out. My cleats were pretty well worn, which was OK for being used on my commuter.
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If it's a multi release cleat; try lifting the heel up or twisting to the inside.
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Originally Posted by dabac
Reduce tension to it's lowest, then a deliberate application of force. Might be easier to find an angle that'll allow the insertion of a hefty screwdriver/slender pry bar with the pedal off the bike and into a vise. I'd put the pedal in a beat up crank, then the crank in the vise. Or some care/ingenuity will be required. Remember the direction it's supposed to release in, apply leverage accordingly.
I use threadlock on the screws, and fill the tool slot with hotglue. You'd be amazed how easy it is to accidentally stomp a press-fit pebble into the Allen head, and how difficult it is to remove.
Hot glue! I've heard that before, and forgotten, and now I think I might actually remember well enough to do it!

I put the bike on some tall saw horses so the shoe/pedal was accessible. I used 2 long, flat blade drivers between the shoe sole and pedal, one from the back to stabilize it as I pried with the other one.

And Drew - one screw was missing - if it was just an issue of leverage, I could surely get it out without tools after loosening the tension.

Thanks all. I fixed it yesterday, late afternoon. I didn't post because it seemed like the post was cycling into oblivion - I was letting a dead thread die. I thought. And now, thanks to dbac, I'm going to hot glue my screws.
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Blue Locktite #242 is just right for cleat screws. I bought a new supply from Wal-Mart yesterday. One small tube has taken care of my needs 10 years.
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