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Looking for MTB Shoe Piece / Insole / Base Plate

Old 11-30-09, 02:11 PM
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Looking for MTB Shoe Piece / Insole / Base Plate

Hello all

I'm wondering if someone here could help me out. I'm looking for this part from a pair of old MTB shoes:





I always called them base plates but I doubt that's the right term. I got these out of an old pair of Specialized MTB shoes and I use them with a regular pair of shoes to ride for work and around town, unfortunately after about a year of constant abuse the left one is cracking severely and I'm looking for a replacement. I don't really have the money to buy another pair of MTB shoes just to tear them apart to take this piece out.

Does anyone know where I could get this part of MTB shoes? Or maybe if you have an old pair of Sz 13-14 MTB shoes I could take off your hands...

Thanks
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Old 12-02-09, 04:18 PM
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You should be able to find it at most bike shops. It's the base plate for SPD cleats. I have Eggbeaters on my CX bike. I just threw old some a few weeks ago when I was cleaning out my bike stuff since I don't have SPD any more.
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Old 12-02-09, 11:33 PM
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For what it's worth I lke my specialized tahoe MTB shoes. I paid $80 for them but Specialized stands behind them. I had a problem and hey were replaced...no questions asked. They had well over 5 k on them. Very much a good investment, in my opinion.
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Old 12-05-09, 11:33 AM
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bike shops should have the little threaded plate but the whole plastic insole not likely. you can also get the threaded plate with the purchase of shimano spd cleats
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Old 12-06-09, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by reptilezs View Post
bike shops should have the little threaded plate but the whole plastic insole not likely. you can also get the threaded plate with the purchase of shimano spd cleats
My recent SPD pedal purchases have included cleats but not the mounting plates shown in the photo. I do have a pair I have never used. I have not bought any stand alone cleats in years but they may still be included with a cleat purchase. Your LBS should be able to tell you if they are. The difficulty would be finding some way to install them in a shoe that is not designed for SPD cleat installation.

The shoe foot beds or inserts in the OPs photos appear to have additional steel inserts in them in addition to the threaded cleat mount piece and you are not going to find those in the shoe inserts section of your local drugstore or shoe store.
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The shoe sole will almost always fail if you use just the little four-hole plate inside standard shoes. Their soles aren't designed for that loading -- they're fine in compression, but don't take well to pulling or twisting.

Industrial safety shops sell stainless-steel shoe insoles, they're designed to stop nails from penetrating your feet when you step on them, but they're also very good for reinforcing a shoe when you want to mount SPD cleats. I get mine on-line from McMaster Carr, http://www.mcmaster.com/#shoe-insoles/=4ug3jn

The four-hole plate is available as a spare part, your bike shop may have to special order it if they don't have a pile of them gathering dust in the back room.

(All of which reminds me that it was 12 degrees this morning, cold enough I should go get my SPD combat boots out of the attic so I have them for tomorrow's commute. I'll wear SPD sandals down to the low 30s, but in the teens my toes get cold.)

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