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Look Keo Cleats.....50% worn off after 3 rides?

Old 11-11-08, 08:49 AM
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Look Keo Cleats.....50% worn off after 3 rides?

Ok I am bit confused....my Keo Cleats have only 3 days on them and they look like they are half worn off and will only last a few more rides before I am down to the wear indicators. I haven't been walking on them except around the car when getting ready to ride and maybe to walk into a store when stopping for lunch. Basically I've been paying attention to NOT walk on them and they still look like they are almost toast.

I figured they would wear down with time, but this is kind of ridiculous. Are they really that soft that you can't want on them at all, not even a few steps here or there?

PS - I have the old kind, not the Grip ones.
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You are either the clumsiest rider in the world (dragging your feet at intersections and etc) or you are grossly overestimating the wear and tear on your cleats.

I get 2500 miles or so on a pair.
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Nope, don't drag my feet at all. I was looking at the cleats and they look like someone dragged them on the asphalt for a mile or so I just don't get it.
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I have close to 7,000 miles on my KEO cleats and they are close to replacement...
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ahhh ha.....i just don't get it....how in the world do you guys get that kind of mileage from them? i have like 125 miles on mine and they look all scratched up from asphalt, what do you do, not stand on them or something?
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I will try and take a picture of my cleats when I get home...

Can you show us your cleats, so we can see if they are really worn...
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Yeah definitely, I will take a picture when I get home tonight
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Just because they look scratched up and worn doesn't mean that they need to be replaced. I go by function, not looks. Every set of Keo cleats I've had look beat up fairly quickly, but work just fine for many miles.
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Were you moon-walking?
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Hehehe...not quite, but as qrahny said maybe they just look bad, but aren't.
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Try speedplays when your keos wear out. Going on three years of hard riding and walking all over them and no need to replace for the foreseeable future
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Sorry....I borrowed them for a few thousand miles and forgot to tell you. My bad.
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Try speedplays when your keos wear out. Going on three years of hard riding and walking all over them and no need to replace for the foreseeable future
Speedplays are great. I love them.

That said I got through a pair of Speedplay cleats every year.
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I go through a pair of speedplay cleats every 4 months or so ... same with my Look Keos.
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Originally Posted by wfrogge View Post
I go through a pair of speedplay cleats every 4 months or so ... same with my Look Keos.
How??

I know they get scratched up and ugly on the bottom but mine have remained functional long after they lost the aesthetics. I just make sure to keep the screws tight.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
Speedplays are great. I love them.

That said I got through a pair of Speedplay cleats every year.
I replaced my first pair of speedplay cleats this week. I got about 3,000 miles out of them. I wasn't having trouble clipping/unclipping, but they were making some squeaking noises and clipping in/out felt a little bit sloppy. The screw faces were pretty worn down on the bottom too. What do you go by to gauge when it's time to replace? I was expecting to get a new pair when I started having trouble clipping in.
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Originally Posted by jake8 View Post
How??

I know they get scratched up and ugly on the bottom but mine have remained functional long after they lost the aesthetics. I just make sure to keep the screws tight.
You wear flat spots into the springs (X-series) and cause excessive wear into the pedal bodies.

Go mount your cleats on your pedals and then roll the shoe from inboard to outboard and see how much rocking there is. I'll bet it's a lot.

Now go get new cleats and notice the difference.

Mine will wear to the point that they will even start to become difficult to engage - usually 1 season.
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Originally Posted by kenshinvt View Post
I replaced my first pair of speedplay cleats this week. I got about 3,000 miles out of them. I wasn't having trouble clipping/unclipping, but they were making some squeaking noises and clipping in/out felt a little bit sloppy. The screw faces were pretty worn down on the bottom too. What do you go by to gauge when it's time to replace? I was expecting to get a new pair when I started having trouble clipping in.
I get 3,000-5,000 miles out of my cleats. They will still function, but they get sloppy at holding in the lateral plane.
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I get several thousand miles on my cleats and my rides have many traffic lights and stop signs during my rides.
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I've been on the same set of cleats for about a year now. Too many miles to keep track of. Including 24-28 miles, each way, of commuting.
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Do you have a picture for us?

They will wear differently for different people. The more you put your foot down the faster they wear.

I'd be very interested in seeing how you could have worn 50% of the cleat in 3 days of normal riding.
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You know, they DO have wear indicators. I have more than 5000 miles on a pair, and they're not anywhere close to needing replacement. And no, I don't use cleat covers.
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VPR, you might wanna think of getting the cleat covers for the Keos. I use them and that not only helps save your cleats, but also keeps you from slipping on your buttocks! I'll agree with others- mine "look" pretty worn, but they still function very well meaning they engage and stay engaged during my rides.
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After a full year on the Keos (I rode Speedplay X's for over 10 years) I really do prefer the Keos, and the cleats are far simpler. They don't wear out fast if you don't do too many laps around friggin Starbucks you poser Fred morons.
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Pics of my cleats...

At least 7000 miles on them...

I do not use cleat covers but walk VERY little and generally do not stop when riding (no stop signs, traffic lights, or Starbucks up here)...



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