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Look cleats wearing out fast(12 posts)

Look cleats wearing out fastdbrogan
Jun 11, 2001 4:21 PM
I switched to Look pedals earlier this year and I'm going thorugh cleats about every 500 miles. Not good.

I don't walk on them much at all (from the front door to the garage is about 10 yards), and I don't stop that often. More to the point, when I stop, I almost always put down my right foot, but the cleat show almost identical wear.

Here's a thought: I've got the cleats that float, and I've got the pedals set quite loose. Could it be that the wear is coming from the cleats moving against the pedal itself?

Does this make any sense?

-Dan
re: Look cleats wearing out fastDINOSAUR
Jun 11, 2001 8:24 PM
The setting is for the tension release, it doesn't effect the float.
I use the PP247'2 and have them set to the highest tension so I don't pullout unintentionally. The Look cleats don't wear for beans. I used to go through a pair every 1000 miles or so, but now I just replace them when I have touble disengaging. You'd think that Look would use a material for their cleats that was halfway durable. Another thing I started doing is cleaning off the bottom of my shoes and cleats with Simple Green after my rides. It eliminates all that grit and grime and makes them function smoother.
You should always unclip your left foot <<<<<<<<<<<<Live Steam
Jun 11, 2001 8:35 PM
for safety reasons. I am guessing that your right leg is your power leg. You disengage this cleat because you feel that you have better control with it, hence easier in and easier out of the pedals. However, there is a danger of slipping of of the pedal when trying to hammer off from a standstill at a light or stop sign and having your leg head straight for the big ring. OUCH!!! Another reason to disengage your left foot is for that quick kick of power you will get from your power leg - if indeed that is your right. Not trying to preach here, just pointing out a safety tip. :-)
You should always unclip your left foot <<<<<<<<<<<<dbrogan
Jun 11, 2001 9:05 PM
Boy, never thought of that. Makes perfect sense, though. I'll see if I can re-train myself to unclip from the left.

-Dan
You should always unclip your left foot <<<<<<<<<<<<mike mcmahon
Jun 11, 2001 10:06 PM
Funny, that happened to me about 12-13 years ago. I have always pulled my right foot. When accelerating after a light turned green, I went to step into my pedal and missed, hitting the big ring with the back of my leg, just above the Achilles tendon. It was the only time it ever happened, and it wasn't enough to get me to switch (even though I still have a small scar from it). However, I agree that if you're just starting out or you're not a "righty" set in your ways, clipping out with the left foot is a good safety tip.
The MAIN reason (I think) why folks clip-out with the left firstboy nigel
Jun 12, 2001 10:10 AM
I've always felt much more comfortable unclipping with my left foot. Just sort of happened. I firmly believe that it has to do with the old heart's-on-the-left-side balance thing. For example, most (almost all) people feel more comfortable making quick left turns than quick right ones (I'm talking about tight little turns, especially at slow speeds). I've read up on this. Bike velodromes, car-racing tracks, etc., all go counter-clockwise (turns to the left). Not just because car drivers in this country SIT on the left side, but for more physiological reasons. Try running in quick, fast circles; first left, then right. Most people feel more in-control leaning to the left, and this is believed true since the heart is closer to that side of the body--it affects balance in this way. Were it dead-center in our chests, things might be different.

Anyway, that's why I believe I started unclipping with my left foot when I began riding all those years ago--not that I knew all of this then, but that it was more comfortable and natural. There are other advantages, but I believe it's the balance thing first and foremost.

Nigel
Different viewLazy
Jun 12, 2001 10:20 AM
I think the reason most people unclip their right foot at stoplights etc is because they're right handed/footed and they're more dextrous with the right limb (I'm a lefty an unclip the left foot 9/10ths of the time). As far as safety goes, it seems to me that unclipping the foot closest to traffic would be the best. That way if you happen to suffer from a sudden loss of balance for some reason, you'll at least have a limb out there to keep you from falling into traffic.

Interesting theory on turning left. I've never heard that before. I definitely feel better turning left, could be that I'm a southpaw though.
Do more people unclip their RIGHT feet when stopping?boy nigel
Jun 12, 2001 10:48 AM
Hi there, Lazy. I saw a "LazyRider" on the board, but figured that wasn't you.

I always figured it would be the LEFT foot that comes out, based on the logic I've read/heard about (and which makes great sense to me). I also assume that being right- or left-handed would make no difference. I'm a righty, and I've always clipped out with my left foot first.

Maybe it's time for a poll?

Nige
A poll, good idea!!!Lazy
Jun 12, 2001 10:55 AM
I'll conduct it privately though in order to save myself from being the topic of the next "most annoying thread" thread. LOL

Maybe we should get someone who lives south of the equator to try it as well. I wonder if it has anything to do with which way your toilet bowl swirls?

Mmmm......scientific research. I love it.

BTW, how goes the job search?
I love the toilet bowl thing!!boy nigel
Jun 12, 2001 11:07 AM
Hey,

Too late. I'll become one of the most-annoying threads at some point, since I've already posted the poll. Oh well....

Jobs: Bleak, man, bleak. I've gotten onto the job sites (hotjobs, monster, New York Times, etc.), but a) there aren't lots for what I do (editing/proofreading/writing) in fields that interest me; and b) I've applied to some without getting responses. I've applied for unemployement, and have been receiving their pittance weekly as well. Thanks so much for asking. I'll be okay in time--I've got skills and desire, so I'll find something.

Cheers,
Nigel
Right on. Keep at it bro. NMLazy
Jun 12, 2001 1:20 PM
mine used to go quickly too!lunchrider
Jun 12, 2001 1:18 PM
ever since I got some nifty rubber covers the cleats seem to last forever. I put them on every time I walk no matter how short a distance. It really makes a difference. Many shops and catologs carry them.