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Cutting rubber from bottom of shoe

Old 01-19-11, 11:08 AM
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Cutting rubber from bottom of shoe

I picked up a pair of cycling 'boots' for chilly days and I can just clip in to my SPD pedals. I would like to have more play here as I'm worried about pedaling hard and my shoe coming out due to this issue.

The boots have a rugged tread of hard rubber and I tried cutting away some of it with a sharp utility knife but it was a struggle (and still more to go on the one side of the one shoe).

Any recommendations? Maybe a dremel-like tool?

P.S. I need to take away some rubber "off the top" as opposed to down the side (if this makes sense...with the sole of the shoe facing you).

Thanks.
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Old 01-19-11, 11:16 AM
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Instead of cutting the rubber, you could buy a shim to put between the shoe and your cleat so that it's not recessed as far. I think that would be a better approach.
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Old 01-19-11, 12:30 PM
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some side cutting pliers should make quick work of the knobs.
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I agree with tjspeil, i had to that on a pair of my shoes that just refused to work with my pedals i was about to start cutting them when i thought about just shimming has worked wonderfully ever since, i did how ever have to get longer bolts which the LBS had
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Old 01-19-11, 06:11 PM
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Thanks for the replies. I continued with the knife and figured it out 2nd time around. Shim would've been a good idea but I had already started.
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Cutting rubber is much easier when the rubber is wet.
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