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Help mounting my new Speedplays myself please?(8 posts)

Help mounting my new Speedplays myself please?Bob in Indiana
May 23, 2001 12:51 PM
Have new Speedplay X-2-s to put on my 1999 TREK 5200 OCLV. Now waiting a week to ten days for my new shoes on order to arrive.

Bike shop offered to install my new Speedplays & cleats when the shoes (Sidi Genius 3) come in, but if I want to put the pedals on sooner, and try'em out with my old shoes (Performance Chronos shoes currently using SPD cleats on thew stock ICON SPD compatible pedals) are they difficult to install?

Special tools? Torque requirements? Will these new Speedplay cleats fit my old Performance shoes?

All or partial answers are appreciated. Admittedly, I haven't done much bike wrenching, and haven't read the Speedplay detailed installation instructions yet either.

re: Help mounting my new Speedplays myself please?Larry Meade
May 23, 2001 1:17 PM
The only tools you will need to mount your new pedals and cleats are a 15mm open-ended wrench and a screw driver. The 15mm wrench is to remove the old pedals and install the new ones. Remember when taking off the old pedals to turn the wrench toward the rear of the bike (counter-clockwise on the drive side, clockwise on the non-drive side.) Grease the threads on the X-2s and install turning the wrench toward the front of the bike (clockwise on the drive side, counter-clockwise on the non-drive side). Once the pedal is flush with the crank arm, turn it about 1/4 turn to get it snug but not too tight. The cleats probably already have the proper snap shim installed on them right out of the box. If your Performance shoes have the 3 bolt "Look" pattern then you can mount the cleats with no problem. You will need to use the base plate on the cleat with these shoes. You will mount the base plate with the 3 big silver bolts. Make sure that the shims are installed so that when you install the base plate it doesn't have to bend to conform to the sole of the shoe. The shims should keep this from happening. Next you have to mount the actual cleat. The cleat should sit flush on the base plate and is held in place by 4 small black bolts. Notice that the bolts have blue loctite on them. This loctite is important because it allows the bolts to be installed and not loosen up despite the fact that they aren't overly tight. IF you tighten the bolts too much it will cause the springs in your cleats to bind and they won't function properly. I believe the instructions say to get the bolts snug to the cleat and then give 1/4 turn more. It will seem like they are not tight enough but the loctite should hold them in place. Once you have all 4 bolts installed on each shoe, you are done. Be aware that you will need to adjust the fore/aft adjustment by loosening the base plate. Make sure you have this set properly before attaching the rest of the cleat.
Larry?Bob in Indiana
May 26, 2001 12:45 PM
Larry?Bob in Indiana
May 26, 2001 12:47 PM
Tried to email you a follow-up question, if you see this post, send me a message if you don't mind;

re: Help mounting my new Speedplays myself please?simstress
May 23, 2001 1:27 PM
I assume your Chronos are road shoes. The big Speedplay cleat probably won't fit on MTB shoes.

I installed the black shim on my shoes (Lake's) first. Make sure your shoe accepts a 3-bolt pattern. Try to center the shim under the part of the shoe where the ball of your foot would be. Then install the cleats on the black shim. The cleats are not interchangeable-- there is a left and right cleat. The word "FRONT" is printed on the cleat so you'll know how to orient it. That's pretty much it. Don't forget to use something on the bolt threads so you can take them out later. And take care not to strip the little Phillips-head screws that secure the cleat to the shim.

Have fun with the pedals. I suggest getting the cleat covers ($10) if you haven't done so already.
Cleat covers?Bob in Indiana
May 23, 2001 1:32 PM
What are these? (to protect the cleats while walking maybe?)

Should my bike shop likely have them?

Cleat covers?Larry Meade
May 23, 2001 1:46 PM
They are indeed to protect the cleats while walking. I think they are marketed under the name "Coffee Shop Caps". They just snap on over the cleat. I haven't had any problem with them staying on and they are nice to have if you have to do any walking. They really keep mud and muck out of the cleats.
re: Help mounting my new Speedplays myself please?DonB
May 23, 2001 2:32 PM
Open the package that contains the cleats -- you do have the cleats??
You should have the "snap-shim" version. Read the instructions. No special tools required. Will not fit on MTB shoes, road shoes only.