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dumb question of the day(8 posts)

dumb question of the daycollinsc
Jan 3, 2002 10:33 AM
im really sorry about this one but...
if i were to purchase a pair of speedplays from colorado cyclist, do i need to purchase cleats separately? there is no mention of it on the site.

they come with cleats nmDog
Jan 3, 2002 10:36 AM
re: dumb question of the daymorey
Jan 3, 2002 10:52 AM
They come with cleats. I would suggest the cleat covers, the cleats are hard to walk in, and they would wear quickly otherwise.
Ditto on the cleat covers. I use them all the time. -NMTig
Jan 3, 2002 11:56 AM
Ditto on the covers.......Len J
Jan 3, 2002 12:00 PM
especially if you end up doing organized centuries. The only downside I have found with my Speedplays is that if you end up walking in any kind of mud or clay you can get dirt behind the spring and prevent the cleat springs from retracting, preventing the engagement with the pedals. The only cure for this is to dismantle the cleats & clean out. This is a real pain at the 75 mile mark of a century. Some century rest stops are on grass & I learned this lesson the hard way. The covers are around $20.00 & not only make it easier to walk but prevent this problem.

The covers are only about $10.nigel
Jan 3, 2002 12:22 PM
They're called "Coffee Shop Caps," and they snap over the Speedplay X cleats.

For what it's worth, I've put 3,500 miles on my Speedplays (X/2s) and haven't worn the cleats down a bit. They look a bit scratched, but they hold on perfectly. Metal against pavement will equal scratches on the cleat underside, but I've never had any troubles with them. I also never walk on my cleats for any distance more than ten or twenty feet; I'm not sure how people wind up walking so much on their cleats--it's always puzzled me.

I've been fine without the covers, as have lots of people I know who ride a lot or who race. Stairs, however, are another concern. If I had stairs to ascend/descend in my shoes, I'd either get the covers or remove my shoes to make the trip safer.

The covers are only about $10.croy
Jan 3, 2002 1:02 PM
I also just bought the cleat covers for $9.95 at performance. Picked up a pair of X-3's for 69.99 due to the local Performance store closing (only good at this store) in Brea CA. After using P.O.S. Shimano Ultegra SPD-R's for over a year, the speedplays are a huge improvement.
re: dumb question of the dayJimP
Jan 4, 2002 7:32 AM
Ditto on all the advise on the covers.
If you are using Carnac shoes you will need an adapter for most of them. They are available at your LBS.