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Sidi shoes & Speedplay cleats(9 posts)

Sidi shoes & Speedplay cleatsbiker
Apr 27, 2002 2:38 PM

I have been experimenting with some 3M non-skid tape that I have applied to cleats and the toe area of Sidi shoes. So far, its been working great. I cut piece 1 x 2.5" applied to toe area and then trimmed with scissors. For cleats I cut (2)- 1/2 x 1.5" pieces and apply it over screw holes and then trim contour. The 3M tape has a strong adhesive that really sticks.

I purchased the grey 3M tape roll at Home Depot.
Apr 27, 2002 3:24 PM
I have thought of doing the same thing to my shoes. I love how my Sidis fit, but the lack of toe protection is silly on such expensive shoes. My friend just replaces his Sidis - the only thing really worn out was the toe.

Did you leave the screw holes covered on the Speedplay cleat? If so, that's a bad idea because you will be adjusting the tension and cleat alignment many times during the cleat's lifetime.
Apr 27, 2002 5:18 PM
Yes, I did cover the screw heads. This keeps all the junk from getting into this area as well. I am not sure why that is a bad idea. Once the cleat is positioned correctly, there should be no reason they need to keep being tweaked.
That's been my experience.
Speedplay cleat adjustmentsodade
Apr 28, 2002 2:52 AM
I have found that, if I keep the screws loose enough to be able to click in easily, the cleats get out of alignment after a few rides. I am constantly tweaking these screws...
screws shouldn't need retightening..C-40
Apr 28, 2002 4:56 AM
If tightening the screws properly affects the ability to engage or disengage, it indicates that the cleat is not shimmed to match the contour of the bottom of the shoe. This can be a problem with speedplays. I've had to cut thin aluminum shims from coke cans (.004 inch) or flashing material (.010-.015 inch) to get the perfect shim thickness. Use a machinist scale as a straight edge to insure that the cleats remain flat after the screws are tightened. If the cleats bow even a small amount, engagement may be affected.
re: Sidi shoes ?pa rider
Apr 27, 2002 3:46 PM
Hey biker. I have a dumb question about the 3m. I have apair of SIDI MTB shoes that hurt on toes when walking in rocks (I usually run some hard to ride ATV trail sections).

Are you saying that you put 3M inside of the shoe up in the toe area? I used ducked tape on the inside of my cleats before to better protect the cleat screws. Was wondering if 3M be better then duck tape. Just asking because I ask a similiar question on MTBR and boy did they think I was nuts.

Thanks, any feedback will help me.

re: Sidi shoes ?biker
Apr 27, 2002 5:33 PM
My comment was regarding the outside area of sole up by the toe on road shoes. On Mtn bike shoes if the cleat screws are somwhat protruding up into the insole, I would try to shorten them up by filing them down to size.Putting the 3M tape over inside of shoe may help a little, but it may also create raised area which may result in foot discomfort.
By the way, I initially used duct tape on outside of sole toe area and just does not wear well at all.
Use an old inner tubeLC
Apr 28, 2002 4:39 PM
just cut to shape of toe and glue it on. A thick MTB tube lasts a long time.
thanks LC and Biker(nm)pa rider
Apr 29, 2002 5:58 AM