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campy cleats?(7 posts)

campy cleats?montavi
Feb 22, 2002 9:27 AM
I finally made the switch to campy daytona pedals from SPDs. It seems like the plastic cleats can get chewed up pretty easily - just walking around the driveway to leave on a ride. How long do these cleats usually last? Are they ok as long as the metal part that is recessed is in good shape? Do Look cleat covers fit campy cleats.

re: campy cleats?PaulCL
Feb 22, 2002 9:36 AM
Yes...the plastic wears out fast. Yes...Look cleat covers do work on them and I reccommend using them. I burned thru a set in half a summer until I started using the cleat covers. My current set is 18 months old. I'm just a little more careful now.
One seasonAlex-in-Evanston
Feb 22, 2002 9:41 AM
When they wear out, make sure to just buy the plastic tongue - $14 or so. The whole cleat, including bolts and the metal cleat portion, costs almost $40.

Look covers work but they are loose and can fall off (nm)ColnagoFE
Feb 22, 2002 9:50 AM
re: campy cleats?grzy
Feb 22, 2002 10:07 AM
Yup, they don't last as long as they should. I go through a set or two per season. I usually buy two sets of palstic cleats at a time since they're hard to find and can suddenly stop working when they wear beyond a certain point. I toss the extra set in my bike bag so I always have a spare. The recessed metal part will last almost forever - it's the plastic bit that needs to be replaced. They make a floating and non-floating version. Look covers might work, but I haven't tried them. I suspect they won't hook on to the back side of the cleat. I just minimize my time doing the duck-walk.
re: campy cleats?McAndrus
Feb 22, 2002 10:32 AM
I ride Campy pedals and am very happy with them. The cleats do wear out quickly, though. I recommend checking places to Excel Sports for replacement cleats say, oh, once a year.

Last year, on a club ride and in a spot where the gang was aggressively climbing a hill, I had the point of the left cleat break off and my foot pulled out under full pressure in a standing climb. I swerved hard and the four guys who were on my wheel went in several different directions.

Now, having given you that little horror story I want to say that I like my Daytonas a lot and still ride them. I just make sure my cleats are in good shape. I also ride Looks and I prefer the feel of the Campys: lighter with more float. I just inspect my Campy cleats every other ride or so to make sure they're in good working order.

The metal clip inside will probably never wear out. It's the clip on the front (the tongue if you will) that I'd keep an eye on.
Thanks for the info (nm)montavi
Feb 22, 2002 10:50 AM