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Old 08-30-11, 01:03 PM
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Sweet retro pedals or...doorstops?

Hey, these Time Sport Multiflex Bioperformance pedals came on an old bike I got from a yard sale. I wanted to put them to use, so I went to my LBS and the guy said there was no way to get cleats or shoes that would fit them. Is he right, or is there a cleat/shoe combo out there that will get these guys back on the road? Thanks!!



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Old 08-30-11, 01:56 PM
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TIME pedals worked best with the proprietary TIME shoes but there was also an adapter plate available to mount TIME cleats on any three hole LOOK pattern shoes, just result in a slightly thicker stack between the pedal and the shoe bottom.
Replacement cleats can be found here, but this does not include the adapter plate;
https://www.probikekit.com/us/clothin...ng-cleats.html
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I was always intrested to try out Time pedal systems since they first hit the market in the 80's, but everytime I checked them out, they seem to be always clunkier, heavier and more complicated than equivalent Look pedals. Look pretty much beat Time to be the industry benchmark for clipless pedals for many years, which might explain why you cannot find Time replacement cleats as easy a Looks.

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Thanks GrayJay, that makes a lot of sense. I was doing some more research trying to find the adapter plate and ran across this guy,

https://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.a...+Adapter+Plate

The description didn't help much, but maybe someone who knows what they are looking at can tell. To my eye, it almost looks like it just bolts to the bottom of my shoe (SPD or LOOK bolt patterns) and then it has the rounded front and flat rear. Is this essentially and aftermarket "cleat" made to integrate the Time cleats and adapter plate into one piece? Or is that just urr... wishful thinking?
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Old 08-30-11, 03:47 PM
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The plate at cambria is not what you need. What you need are a pair of these adapters (look 3-bolt patten shoes to TIME 4-bolt); expired auction.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Time-4-bolt-...-/220785073312

All the modern time pedals use cleats that are incompatable with the original equipe cleats, most every reference to time cleats I find online is for the new stuff. Probably best bet is to watch e-bay or else find a LBS that has a pair of the adapters collecting dust.

Probably cheaper to find a vintage pair of TIME shoes in your size rather than buying all the cleats and adapters seprately. What you should look for is a 4-bolt pattern on the bottom of the shoes, two separate cleats on each shoe. It appears that there are a few pairs of old TIME shoes on e-bay fairly cheap since the 4-hole cleat system is an orphan. such as these; https://www.ebay.com/itm/Road-Bike-Sh...item1c1e529c40

Time pedals were very highly regarded when they first came out. THey were the first clipless system to incorperate float and had many vocal advocates such a Lemond. They were also fairly expensive compared to LOOK pedals. I never used them but it always seems like my friends that did use them had constant troubles and warranty claims with small parts breaking and falling off, sort of like early shimano STI shifter!

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Old 08-30-11, 07:51 PM
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I have a pair of TIME pedals in my garage. I have the red pedal rather than your black. I think mine is the more expensive version, or vis-a-versa. I have the cleats, too, as well as the rubber covers for the cleats to be used when walking.
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Thanks for the education, GrayJay. I was still using toeclips when these came out.

I can see the selling points--low stack height if you're using Time shoes, longer life than Look plastic, and float!
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