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Old-style Time Cleats(4 posts)

Old-style Time CleatsRoger
Dec 16, 2001 2:26 PM
I've got two pairs of old Time 50.1 pedals. Still going strong. My problem is that I'm down to my last pair of cleats, which Time says it doesn't make any more.

As near as I can tell, the main difference between the old cleats and the new ones is that the rear cleat on the old style was asymmetrical (there was a left and a right one). Newer ones look almost identical, except that they are symmetrical.

Now I can see how old assymetrical cleats might not work on newer pedals, but I'm not sure the reverse is true. It "looks" like the newer cleats should work on older pedals, but I could be wrong. I got the impression from Time that they're incompatible, but I'd like to hear from someone who doesn't have an interest in selling me new pedals.

Does any one know if newer cleats will work with older pedals? Barring that, does anyone know of a source for the older style replacement cleats? Maybe got a stash lying around in a garage somewhere? I'd hate to have to replace perfectly good pedals because I can't find cleats anymore.


re: Old-style Time CleatsTrent in WA
Dec 17, 2001 12:08 AM
Roger, I'm not sure what model is designated by "50.1," but when I was using a borrowed pair of old (ca. late 80s-early 90s) Time road pedals , I used them with the new cleats and had no problems. According to my buddy who I borrowed them from, the only difference is that the new cleats allow you to release by pivoting your heel to the inside--no big deal most of the time, but potentially a leg-saver in an accident.

Hope this helps,
re: Old-style Time Cleatsrbacklar
Dec 17, 2001 10:04 AM

Thanks. What you said makes sense. My pedals are from exactly that period, probably 1989, 1990.

If you look at the front edge of the old-style rear cleat, one corner is cut off at an angle, and the other is squared. This would mean that you can only release by twisting in one direction. The front edge of the rear cleat in the new style has both corners cut at an angle. Other than that, they are the same size, and the pedals remain essentially unchanged. Makes sense that they should work.

I suppose I'll invest the $14 in some replacement cleats and give it a try. At worst, I'm out the $14.
re: Old-style Time Cleatsbeck
Dec 19, 2001 12:21 AM
both types will work on any regular Time road pedal back to the early versions.the new type rear cleat was revised for inside release angle.