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Old 04-14-12, 09:32 PM
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Stepped in gum...

Does anyone have any advice on methods for removing gum from my SPD cleat/pedal?
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Something oily? Peanut butter?
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I once got gum on my tire. Terrible and it keeps picking up more and more grit until it wears off. I got gum on my tire at mile 20 of a 25 mile ride. At a stoplight at around mile 23, I tried to pick it off which is when I realized it was gum and not tape. It didn't wear off of the contact patch of the tire until like mile 40 of the next ride. I still have it on the side part of the tread.
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Mineral oil works wonders for gum.
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Is the gum all worked into the pedal, or is it still mostly in a few sticky chunks? If the latter then try removing the pedal and cleat, put them in a ziploc and throw them in your freezer for a few hours. That makes the gum much harder and you should be able to chip it away with a small screwdriver. If not, then yeah - solvent time.
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Originally Posted by AlphaDogg
I once got gum on my tire. Terrible and it keeps picking up more and more grit until it wears off. I got gum on my tire at mile 20 of a 25 mile ride. At a stoplight at around mile 23, I tried to pick it off which is when I realized it was gum and not tape. It didn't wear off of the contact patch of the tire until like mile 40 of the next ride. I still have it on the side part of the tread.
tick..tick..tick...tick.. Drives me nuts!
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Thanks for all the great replies.

Unfortunately, some of the gum is worked through the pedal, so freezing won't get it all.

I'm going to try the mineral oil. Will the oil easily wash off the pedal/cleat when all is said and done? Or is it fine to have oily pedals?
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Originally Posted by spunkyj
Thanks for all the great replies.

Unfortunately, some of the gum is worked through the pedal, so freezing won't get it all.

I'm going to try the mineral oil. Will the oil easily wash off the pedal/cleat when all is said and done? Or is it fine to have oily pedals?
Use a degreaser to get the mineral oil off.
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Originally Posted by spunkyj
Does anyone have any advice on methods for removing gum from my SPD cleat/pedal?
Seriously? Ok.....

Goo Gone if you want to run around town trying to find it,

However, if you are in the garage:
- WD40 (or any penetrating oil)
- Acetone (if you really don't care about the environment or if you just like the smell)
- Engine cleaner or carburator cleaner (cause you really shouldn't be driving a car anyway)

Or if you are in the kitchen:
- Egg Whites (no yokes please)
- Chocolate (yeah, no s*** chocolate)
- Mayonnaise (if you don't have any eggs or chocolate)
- Vinegar (if you don't mind the smell)
- Peanut Butter (smooth, not chunky)
- Lemon Juice (but don't get any in your eye)
- or you can freeze the shoe overnight if you'd rather not ride today......



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Yeah, as an automotive technician I tend to use brake cleaner for almost everything....it's similar to engine/carb cleaner (as mentioned above) but leaves absolutely zero residue as it completely evaporates. It's not like the carb cleaner would leave enough residue to matter anyways....just mentioning what I've used in the past when the same exact thing happened on my cleats.
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Yeah, as an automotive technician I tend to use brake cleaner for almost everything....it's similar to engine/carb cleaner (as mentioned above) but leaves absolutely zero residue as it completely evaporates. It's not like the carb cleaner would leave enough residue to matter anyways....just mentioning what I've used in the past when the same exact thing happened on my cleats.
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I really prefer the aroma of brake cleaner over carb cleaner too. It's still not as good as acetone, but what is?
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I really prefer the aroma of brake cleaner over carb cleaner too. It's still not as good as acetone, but what is?
Modeling glue.
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I used plain rubbing alcohol to get all of the warning stickers etc off my bike. Maybe that would work on gum too. It didn't harm my bike at all, and basically dried the sticker residue up.
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