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Old 09-14-07, 09:42 AM   #1
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When is ATAC cleat worn?

I have about 6200mi on a set of cleats. (Is that right?, wow I didn't check until just now)

The cleats work fine, the clip and and clip out easy and retain for pulling up.

But they have some deep groove worn under the front and rear edges.

I was going to ask what the symptoms of a worn cleat are, but now that I just checked the milage it seems a no brainer to just get new cleats.

Anyway, the questions still stands. How does one know an ATAC cleat is worn and needs replacement?

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Old 09-14-07, 10:14 AM   #2
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It's time to replace my time cleats when it becomes harder to get out of the pedals. Usually around 5 or 6 thoudans miles. You probably haven't noticed the change in release pressure as the cleats have slowly worn- I think you'll be suprised when you put the new ones on.
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It is a good question...I am in a similar expierence but converse to SamHall I find that my new ATAC cleats (got new pedals and shoes...still have the old shoes and cleats as well) and the new ones are way harder to get in and out of...the old ones hold just fine and in fact I like the feel of them better and I am hoping the new ones break in soon.
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Interesting. One vote for harder to release annother for easier.

If I had to guess I say they are easier to release at this worn point, but as pointed out, the change has been so gradual it's only a guess at this point.

(I switched to ATAC from Shimano mtb SPD as the Shimano cleats would wear after 500mi and I'd start to accidentially pop out. Going ATAC was certainly a wise change - over 10x the cleat lifetime and so far never a pop out.)

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It's time to replace my time cleats when it becomes harder to get out of the pedals.
Actually it's when they clip out too easily. You'll know when it's time, you'll start unintentionally unclipping when you are pulling up on the pedals.
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Time cleats come from the factory looking like they're already worn.. But yeah, you might as well replace them by now. $10 every 6000 miles isn't much, and if they're your only way to stop..
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Actually it's when they clip out too easily. You'll know when it's time, you'll start unintentionally unclipping when you are pulling up on the pedals.
Never had that happen with Times, Shimano however.........

I guess I should clarify what I meant by "harder"- I meant that as the cleats wear, I have to kick my heel out further to get the pedals to release, the new cleats release a lot sooner and it feels easier because of that. Obviously the release tension itself doesn't change.
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Actually it's when they clip out too easily. You'll know when it's time, you'll start unintentionally unclipping when you are pulling up on the pedals.
That has been my experience also. You'll also be able to clearly see the wear on the cleats.

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The cleats can feel like there is more float when they wear. I get the right one wearing faster as the left almost never disengages. I have had the right foot disengage in the air on my MTB with worn cleats. I find once they slip in without a nice loud click they are getting worn. When you see the line by the lips of the cleat it's gettin on.
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That has been my experience also. You'll also be able to clearly see the wear on the cleats.

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+1. You also get a ridiculous amount of float when they get worn.
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when they look like a flat little peice of brass they are worn out
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Time cleats come from the factory looking like they're already worn.. But yeah, you might as well replace them by now. $10 every 6000 miles isn't much, and if they're your only way to stop..
where are you getting time cleats for $10?

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(I switched to ATAC from Shimano mtb SPD as the Shimano cleats would wear after 500mi and I'd start to accidentially pop out. Going ATAC was certainly a wise change - over 10x the cleat lifetime and so far never a pop out.)
I think most people find spds to last longer then times.
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where are you getting time cleats for $10?
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