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Speedplay pedal wear problemTim Jones
Aug 6, 2001 6:20 PM
I love speedplay pedals except for a side to side rocking I have between the cleat and the pedal, aprox 1/8 of an inch. I bought a new set of X-3s last year the cleat pedal interface was tight for about a month then it was the same as my prevous 2 sets of X-2s. I lube the cleat and pedal often with a dry lube. I do move around on the pedals a lot, maybe this is just normal wear. A new set of cleats helps some but a fair amount of play remains.I am now thinking of going back to Looks after years on Speedplays. I would rather cure the problem because I do like the joint friendly float of Speedplay. Help
re: Speedplay pedal wear problemChen2
Aug 6, 2001 7:28 PM
Sounds as if you might have some loose screws. Take the cleats off and check the tightness of the screws that hold the adaptor plate to the shoes. This is a common problem. Then replace the cleats making sure that you've got the right cleat on the right shoe, and left on left (it's actually possible to put them on the wrong shoe, I know). If the screws won't stay tight put a small amount of lock-tite on them. I doubt seriously that your cleats could be worn out.
say what?Woof the dog
Aug 6, 2001 10:43 PM
Original poster said he rode speedplays for years. He couldn't possibly set up the cleats loose, plus there is locktite already on the screws. I donno, Chen2, you sure you also ride speedplays? Just kidding.

Yes, I do have the same amount of side to side play in both pedals...and it couldn't possibly be anything loose. If you insert your shoe into the pedal and rock it left and right, you will see that the whole cleat system is rocking on the pedal, probably meaning that something is worn out. It could be the springs...they flatten with use. Also, if you replace just the plastic inserts (16 bucks a pair I believe), it means you are reusing the old metal plate which already must have grooves in it from where the old spring contacted it. It could also be worn-out metal plates on the pedal body, the pedal body (made of plastic?) itself, or the springs eating out some material in the grooves on the pedal. Why am I even going over these possibilities? I don't know. The point is, this side to side rocking doesn't hurt anything at all, I don't notice it unless i specifically do it. And it all depends on how you maintain the pedal/cleats. They could be worn out in no time. Whats the solution? I don't know. It would probably be the replacement of everything haha.
Talk to you sometime later guys.

Woof the dog.
say what?Tim Jones
Aug 7, 2001 9:47 AM
Thanks for the input guys. I guess I am grabbing at straws due to the fact that I have twice with in the last 3 years suffered a pulled inner thigh muscle (ilipsoa ?). Both times the pull occured on the steepest climbs of mountain centuries (6 Gap in Ga.10000 vertical & Blood Sweat & Gears 8700 vertical in NC) I am wondering if the rolling of the foot inside and out under the pressure of a 13% grade causes my injury. The injury is not to bad it just tends to tighten up at a high cadence and is felt mainly while pulling across the bottom of the pedal stroke. Any more ideas? Maybe I'll get a new set of X3s and try a new lube. What is the best lube?
Speedplay/twist/ thigh problemJE
Aug 8, 2001 4:43 AM
I've had some pain below the knee on the out- and back side of the thigh, Just below the upper enn of the thighbone.
I've dropped the speedplay for that reason - didn't like the outward rocking - specialy when sitting down on climbs. And as I se it - the pedad and the sole (insert) wears each other up from day one - you have to change them ongoing.

I've had orto.. insoles made, and use wider more stabil pedals - look (they work better i have to admit)
My problems are still not solved though - after 1 year 4 month.

So - i'm asking you?
Would you discribe your problems - and give It names if you can?
I haven't found a dictor with a cure yet - so i'm looking all over.

Johan, Denmark
re: Speedplay pedal wear problemChrisA
Aug 8, 2001 7:32 AM
I'm on my 7th season with X/2s. I've replaced the cleats one time. I have no play in them at all. The only lube I'd use on the cleat/pedal interface is graffite (sp).
re: Speedplay pedal wear problemTim Jones
Aug 8, 2001 6:45 PM
The tour issue of Velo News has an ad for a new pedal from speedplay called the Zero with adjustable float. It appears to have a totaly new cleat design. Sounds promising!
No problem...Cima Coppi
Aug 7, 2001 7:28 AM
You did not say if you have Campy 9 or 10. At any rate, you can go with a Wheels Manf. cassette. This is a Shimano cassette that has been re-machined and spaced to work with Campy 9 and 10 drivetrains. You can get them through Excel and Branford, and they work very well.

Yes...Cima Coppi
Aug 7, 2001 1:10 PM
For Campy-10, Wheel Mfr machines the spacers and cogs to the exact campy spec for their cassettes. I ride with a fellow who has a Wheels cassette on Mavic Heliums mated with Record-10. I've watch him shift, and the chain moves perfectly across the cassette cogs. He's never had a problem with it. You may want to consider spending the extra $$ and get the Wheels D/A cassette. Its lighter that the standard cassette they modify, which is the Ultegra model.