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Speedplay cleat protectors

Old 09-07-04, 11:44 AM
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Speedplay cleat protectors

I just picked up a new pair of Speedplay X/2 pedals. I love 'em, they're great, super easy to get in and out of. However, I can't help noticing how brutal it is to walk around on the cleats. I do walk on pavement to get in and out of the house/office and after just one use, I've noticed a few scratches and dings on the cleats. This will only get worse and it looks like it might eventually damage the cleat locking mechanism.

Perhaps it's because I'm too lazy to do a search but can anyone tell me if there are protectors for these cleats?

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Old 09-07-04, 12:02 PM
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Yes, you can buy them from speedplay.com
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Old 09-07-04, 12:17 PM
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They should be around $10. I got mine at my LBS. They are available at the speedplay website.

The Speedplays are fantastic for ease of entry and exit, but the cleat is a real PITA if you need to walk around. The cleat covers are a MUST! IMHO, they should come with the cleats.
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Old 09-07-04, 01:54 PM
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Performance has them!
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...e.cfm?SKU=1344
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Old 09-07-04, 02:33 PM
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I thought about the same thing, but never did get them. My cleats look like hell, but, it seems to be just cosmetic. No issues with clipping in or out. I am sure I would forget the covers anyway most of the time.
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Old 09-07-04, 02:39 PM
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Yeah, I'm afraid if I get the covers that I'll never remember them. I was hoping for something more permanent, oh well.

Thanks all for the heads up.

Good to know that you can trash them without any effect on their functionality.
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Old 09-07-04, 02:42 PM
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they should fit easy enough in a jersey pocket!?
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I use a clip. It looks like a cheap shower curtain hook. If you play golf, they usually come on golf towels to attach them to a golf bag.
The cleat protectors have a small hole in each. I clip both protectors to the ring and attach the ring to my seat rails. When I'm riding, my cleat protectors are always attached to my bike. When I step off of the bike, they go right onto my shoes.
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Old 09-07-04, 03:22 PM
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Wait till you are on an organized ride, park your bike, and clop across the grass/dirt/mud/whatever to get a snack or a drink. You return to your bike, hop in, and try to clip in - no go! Speedplays are great pedals, but if you get crud in them they turn really nasty. The protectors prevent that. I stick mine in my seat bag.
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Organized rides are a pain without them. Walking through the grass and gravel plays havoc with the speedplay cleats. They are very easy to put in a jersey pocket or like someone mentioned above hang them somewhere. My wife almost always forgets to take them off before trying to clip back in. Then she has to stop again to pull them off. If they always stay on the cleats when off the bike, how can you forget them? Walking with out them feels weird after you get used to them. I say get them.
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Old 09-09-04, 11:23 PM
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Another benefit of wearing the cleats is they keep the heads of the 4x11 mm machine screws holding the cleats on from becoming so worn down that they are difficult to unscrew. Then, if you do step in mud and need to take them off to clean your cleats, it poses a real challenge. I carry them with me all the time in my jersey pocket and put them on whenever I'm going to walk on anything rough or muddy.
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Old 09-09-04, 11:30 PM
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Originally Posted by greenstork
Good to know that you can trash them without any effect on their functionality.
I have two years on my current set of Speedplay Zero cleats. They are constructed in a similar fashion as the X cleats. I have walked on gravel with them without covers. They're scratched and scuffed beyond belief. My friends who ride with plastic Look cleats are amazed when they see the punishment I put my cleats through. And despite all of this, they still work as if they were new. That said, I do recommend cleat covers. They add a little bit of traction and keep mud and gunk out which given enough of a chance to accumulate will render the cleats inoperative. However, if that happens, you can easily wash out the cleats and relube them as you would a chain.
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i'll also chime in here in support of the covers. there's a ride that i do that requires that i carry my bike for about 30 meters across some large, loose gravel. in the first two weeks with my speedplays, i lost 2 of the smaller screws and wore down the metal so much that i feared that i'd have to replace them.

then i got the covers, and i've actually stopped the wear process completely. also, i can walk into my house after a ride with my shoes on.

well worth the 10 bucks.
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Old 09-10-04, 05:15 PM
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I have mixed feelings about the protectors. Mine began to disintegrate after about
6mo and one got loose enough that it began to fall off occasionally, something you
don't really notice on gravel or grass. It is obvious on concrete. One set of shoes
has a really torn up plate and screws, the other is lightly grooved after a year. As
other note, the pedals don't seem to care. Since the cleats last so long (8-10k
miles and still going) I decided to deal with the screws when the time comes.
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Old 09-10-04, 06:58 PM
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I have never used cleat covers. My cleats are ridiculously worn... but work great. I walk on concrete in and out of the house, walk through a small gravel driveway after every ride... and they still function great. I have never thought about getting the covers.

I personally don't think they are necessary unless you are unsure of what you may be walking through (mud, gravel, molten rock...) in which case they may be useful.

Cheers!
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Originally Posted by MTN2SEA
I have never used cleat covers. My cleats are ridiculously worn... but work great. I walk on concrete in and out of the house, walk through a small gravel driveway after every ride... and they still function great. I have never thought about getting the covers.

I personally don't think they are necessary unless you are unsure of what you may be walking through (mud, gravel, molten rock...) in which case they may be useful.

Cheers!
You mentioned walking in and out of the house. As everyone's probably aware by now, Speedplay cleats are metal. This is great because they're nice and durable and will still function even if they look like they've been through a war. However, if you value your floors in your house, you will probably want cleat covers. My hardwood floors would not look very pretty if I were tap-dancing around my house in my cycling shoes without covers.
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I think the Coffee Caps are a must too. Not only do they protect the cleat, but they make traction much better on hard surfaces (like in supermarket, mini mart, etc.). Having the big cleat surface non-slick with your shoe's heel piece makes accidental slips less frequent.

However, the caps do NOT prevent junk from getting into the cleat mechanism and causing the X's to engage difficulty. For this reason, I also carry a small nail to remove wedged in debris that can get caught between the cleat and the spring clip.

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Originally Posted by CycleFreakLS
I also carry a small nail to remove wedged in debris that can get caught between the cleat and the spring clip.
That's another thing I like about the Zero cleats. They use a flat C-clip style spring rather than the coat-hanger spring in the X cleats. The Zero spring is harder to muck up but contamination can still be an issue regardless. Carrying a "cleat-pick" is a good idea. I just use the screwdriver portion of my minitool when things get really bad.
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