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Clipless Pedals: 2-Bolt or 3-Bolt?

Old 12-16-20, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Tourist in MSN View Post
I use loctite (or a competitor product) on all rack bolts, fender bolts, cleat bolts, kickstand bolts. On my Rohloff bike, loctite the oil drain screw too, but that is more out of concern for dissimilar metal corrosion.

And use grease on bolts for water bottle cages, seatposts, stems, just about everything else that is threaded.

A friend of mine did a fully supported trip in Asia, this was pre-covid. I think he used his own bike, but otherwise all lodging and food was provided. Somehow he lost a SPD cleat, although he told me that he used loctite on the bolts.
I use anti-seize on anything that needs to be unscrewed, BB, pedals etc. Bottle cage bolts I loctite. Of course, even loctite bolts need to be inspected occasionally.
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I use Vibra-Tite VC-3 when I need a threadlocker on my bike or bike shoes.
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HelloCycletography:

I've ridden both Shimano SPD (two bolt) and Shimano SPD-SL (three bolt). I initially shifted to the SPD-SL from the SPD when I started riding long miles exclusively on road bikes. I felt the SPD-SL was more comfortable (less "hot foot" - that pain under the ball of my feet right at the cleat) after 80+ miles, especially on hot summer rides. If I was still riding road bikes I'd still be on SPD-SL's. However, I've now shifted almost completely to dirt (rigid mountain and gravel bikes) and I much prefer the SPD for the ease of walking. A lot of my rides are exploratory and I find that I have to "hike-a-bike" for miles to connect drainages and two-track jeep trails more than I plan!

I don't use single-sided or platform/SPD pedals as I'm always wearing my cleated shoes simply because they walk so well I don't take anything else on bikepacking trips. I'm currently riding SRM X-Power pedals because I wanted power measurement that I could switch between bikes. I'm really happy with those pedals for riding and power measurement. As far as I know they are one of the only (if not the only) SPD pedal based power meter. Ridiculously expensive unless you really want an SPD power measuring pedal.

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