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Old 05-24-18, 10:40 AM
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New SPD cleats stick

My wife got a new pair of shoes yesterday and when we went out today she could barely get her shoe out of the pedal. She could unclip by turning her heel into the bike but would have to really jam it outwards to break loose. I took a close look at the new cleats with the old ones next to them and noticed that the inside shoulder on the side that engages the front of the pedal clip appeared to have a slight bulge compared to the cleat on her old shoe. I swapped the cleats out and problem solved. I have never run into this before. If we were just starting out with clipless I don't know if we would have solved it. We would probably just think clipping out is hard. I guess a bike store tech might have seen the problem right away but it was not obvious unless you compared the old and new cleats next to each other.
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There are a couple different kinds of cleats -- shoes often come with the easy-release type (SH56), but the ones sold separately are generally the single-direction ones that hold better (SH51)
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@ThermionicScott is right.

There are two different cleats - SH56 "Multi Release" and SH51 "Single Release." Single release are for aggressive riding and racing. Multi release are for casual riding and touring.

See https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopi...=94258#p868063 for a very good explanation and photos of the differences.


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Old 05-24-18, 12:33 PM
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Thanks for the info re 56 v 51. The old ones were 56 and the new 51. But something else was wrong since the 51s jammed in the direction shown and released in the inward direction (on the right side only; thne left side was OK). The cleats were not upside down although that would be a humorous cause.

i think we will just stick with the old cleats for now on my wife's shoes. I don’t even know what I have on mine. The number is worn off from walking around. Time for me to get new ones I guess.

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Old 05-25-18, 08:12 AM
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In addition to the difference in the Shimano cleats, there are cleats from other manufacturers that are similar to Shimano but are just a little different, such as Welgo. Some of the cleat\pedal combs work fine, others not so much.
And what I usually do for folks new with clipless is to set the release tension to the minimum, it can be increased later if desired. But not one ever asks for that to happen. I do it on my own bikes, and almost never increase it.
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Agree with above. While not as much of a fix, try a bit of WD-40 or chain lube on the pedals.
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