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DIY Walkable cleat covers for SP

Old 12-08-14, 11:24 AM
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DIY Walkable cleat covers for SP

I know that there are ready made versions of SP cleat covers, but I wanted to use what I had on the shelf. The idea is to protect the cleat from wear and allow me to plant my feet down without slipping on the pavement at stop lights.




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Old 12-08-14, 11:50 AM
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I've had in mind something that snaps on to the cleat and includes a heel to level the shoe out. I could make millions!
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So you kind of transformed a pair of Coffee Shop covers ($10) to a pair of Keep-on Kovers ($22). Let us know how it works out.
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Old 12-08-14, 02:21 PM
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I always thought Speedplay should do something like that from the get go, as in design it into the product. I loved Speedplay cleats but gave them up because they 100% suck to walk around in, and the cleat covers on the market are a PITA and one more thing to carry. Also, if you don't pay attention you end up wearing the screws down so far that you can't get the cleats off without a screw extractor. Don't ask me how I know that; I just heard it from a guy..........
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Old 12-08-14, 02:43 PM
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I have been running this set up for about a year with no complaints. I lost more than one pair of the original, unmodified "coffee caps" walking through a feed zone on an organized ride. I used double faced tape to reinforce the locking tabs on the caps. I have not had one come loose after hundreds of miles. I don't know why SP doesn't offer these. The only thing that wears on my cleats are the X-2 springs.
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Old 12-08-14, 06:22 PM
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Keep on Kovers

Already in production and a life saver for anyone who has Speedplays... I have three pairs!

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Old 12-08-14, 06:29 PM
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Waiting for these cleats to come out. Need to replace mine soon.

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Old 12-08-14, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Lasrsktr View Post
Keep on Kovers

Already in production and a life saver for anyone who has Speedplays... I have three pairs!
+1, a little late to the game

keep on kovers are a must, make sure you get the z model as it offers longer life. And they don't fall off.
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Originally Posted by I <3 Robots View Post
Waiting for these cleats to come out. Need to replace mine soon.

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These look good. A clean looking solution.
The point to my post is to use the $8 to $10 coffee caps. The keep on cover runs $20 a pair. I wonder after the tooling is amortized, will the piece price drop? either way, the coffee caps are working really well. Just trying to make my money go further.
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Originally Posted by kv501 View Post
I always thought Speedplay should do something like that from the get go, as in design it into the product. I loved Speedplay cleats but gave them up because they 100% suck to walk around in, and the cleat covers on the market are a PITA and one more thing to carry. Also, if you don't pay attention you end up wearing the screws down so far that you can't get the cleats off without a screw extractor. Don't ask me how I know that; I just heard it from a guy..........
Agreed! Every shoulder in our riding area is dirt, and every ride, without fail, my cleats would squeak incessantly from the dirt on the plastic part. Not to mention, the dirtiness of the cleats themselves, plus screws working themselves loose. I like Speedplays just fine, but they just felt too high maintenance. Those new cleats look like a massive improvement, but I think there is still an inherent problem with putting the spring in the cleat itself.
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Originally Posted by I <3 Robots View Post
Waiting for these cleats to come out. Need to replace mine soon.

Speedplay Aero Pedal System on display at Interbike | Cyclingnews.com
No way.

Those things are one-sided which is takes away the main advantage of their system.
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Originally Posted by kv501 View Post
No way.

Those things are one-sided which is takes away the main advantage of their system.
If being 2-sided was the only advantage of the SP system, that wouldn't be enough to interest the pros, who clip in once at the start of a race, and then again 4 hours later at the end. They're more interested in stack-height, q-factor and float.

If the one-sided design gives even a teensy-weensy aero advantage over the standard, you can definitely see elite racers, long distance triathletes etc going for them. The 2-side pedal is still compatible with the aero cleat.
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Originally Posted by Secret Squirrel View Post
I know that there are ready made versions of SP cleat covers, but I wanted to use what I had on the shelf. The idea is to protect the cleat from wear and allow me to plant my feet down without slipping on the pavement at stop lights.
Is that really an issue?
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Old 12-09-14, 03:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
Is that really an issue?
Not any more.
Especially club rides where the majority blows through stop signs and jumps traffic lights.
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So you guys are liking the Keep on Kovers? No issues clipping in or lost covers etc? I see they offer a Z.3 model now.
Think I'll give those a try. Just moved into a new building with tile floor in lobby; SP covers are a must both against slipping and obnoxiously clomping past front desk guys .

Using Kool Kovers on my Zeros, which I like better than the SP brand covers, but still another thing to carry in jersey pocket and easy to forget at home. I tried a DIY hack with some Neoprene + Shoe Goo this past season but they started falling off after 1 ride and were a pain to cut out.



Originally Posted by Lasrsktr View Post
Keep on Kovers

Already in production and a life saver for anyone who has Speedplays... I have three pairs!
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+1, a little late to the game

keep on kovers are a must, make sure you get the z model as it offers longer life. And they don't fall off.
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Agreed! Every shoulder in our riding area is dirt, and every ride, without fail, my cleats would squeak incessantly from the dirt on the plastic part. Not to mention, the dirtiness of the cleats themselves, plus screws working themselves loose. I like Speedplays just fine, but they just felt too high maintenance. Those new cleats look like a massive improvement, but I think there is still an inherent problem with putting the spring in the cleat itself.
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Originally Posted by MagicHour View Post
So you guys are liking the Keep on Kovers? No issues clipping in or lost covers etc?
I just recently moved to SP Zeros and got the Keep on Kovers. I've got about 1,000 miles on them so far, zero issues clipping in, and I've never had a KoK fall off (or even remotely get loose).
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Originally Posted by MagicHour View Post
So you guys are liking the Keep on Kovers? No issues clipping in or lost covers etc? I see they offer a Z.3 model now.
Think I'll give those a try. Just moved into a new building with tile floor in lobby; SP covers are a must both against slipping and obnoxiously clomping past front desk guys .

Using Kool Kovers on my Zeros, which I like better than the SP brand covers, but still another thing to carry in jersey pocket and easy to forget at home. I tried a DIY hack with some Neoprene + Shoe Goo this past season but they started falling off after 1 ride and were a pain to cut out.
I tried the same DIY hack with some Neoprene + Shoe Goo with the same results. There is too much shear force being applied to the rubber. It needs a molded lip all the way around the cleat perimeter.
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Originally Posted by kv501 View Post
No way.

Those things are one-sided which is takes away the main advantage of their system.
Its the cleat I'm interested in. Not the pedal. The cleat will work with the Zeros I have now.
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Originally Posted by MagicHour View Post
So you guys are liking the Keep on Kovers? No issues clipping in or lost covers etc? I see they offer a Z.3 model now.
Think I'll give those a try. Just moved into a new building with tile floor in lobby; SP covers are a must both against slipping and obnoxiously clomping past front desk guys .

Using Kool Kovers on my Zeros, which I like better than the SP brand covers, but still another thing to carry in jersey pocket and easy to forget at home. I tried a DIY hack with some Neoprene + Shoe Goo this past season but they started falling off after 1 ride and were a pain to cut out.
If anything it makes it easier to clip into. The rubber channels into the hole. I know when they were first introduced people had issues with them falling off. All my riding buddies and myself have never had an issue.
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Originally Posted by I <3 Robots View Post
Its the cleat I'm interested in. Not the pedal. The cleat will work with the Zeros I have now.

Yep. Me too. I think that looks like a nice alternative to the Kool Kovers. More walkable, and you can close off the cleat portion as well with the plug that Speedplay will offer.

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