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Durable replacement for Look Delta cleats (and pedals)

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Durable replacement for Look Delta cleats (and pedals)

Im still running the antique Look Delta system, but not without problems:
  • I only get 3,0004,000 km from a pair of cleats before they start clicking on climbs. There are a load of concrete stairs to the basement where my bicycle lives, so I may be harder on cleats than some people
  • the cleats have become more expensive, and now theyre even getting hard to find (bricks-and-mortar shops no longer have them; my favourite online shop no longer has them; now even Chain Reaction Cycles and Wiggle dont have them).
A couple of questions, then.

Which cleats last longer: Look Ko or Shimano SPD-SL? Disappointingly, both are more expensive than Look Delta cleats.

Which is most likely to be still affordable and available in ten years?

Anything else I should consider?

Tempted by Look Ko because there are power-meter pedals available for those cleats, in case I ever go down that route.
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Lots of listings for Look Delta cleats on EBay for ~ $!0/set
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I believe the Wellgo road pedal cleats are Look Delta/ARC compatible, and are still readily available for under $10 a set.
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Use Kool Kovers. They make them for Delta, Keo and SPD-SL. They cost $15-20 but eliminate the wear and tear of walking and are not slippery. When riding I hang them from the cheap REI carabiners for keys and pocket knives.

I cannot tell the difference between riding the Wellgo cleats and the LOOK Deltas. (Do note, I ride the black no-float cleats always so I am no judge of the red cleats. Also I use the Performance FORTE LOOK compatible pedals, not LOOKs.)

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I have the Wellgo pedals with the red cleats on a winter bike, and have never had any issues.
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Put your shoes on AFTER using the steps.
My deltas last forever.

Send the pedals to me if you switch !
I need a set for a spare bike
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