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coupla Speedplay Q's...(11 posts)

coupla Speedplay Q's...Mr Shiney Pants
Jan 14, 2003 12:37 PM
first of all I really like the new pedals.

My left pedal is un-threading though and falling off the crank while riding. I have to snap it off my shoe and re-install it. The pedal body doesn't spin so easily so I'm wondering if that's the issue. Would Loctite help?

Anyone have problems with the cleat spring getting grit in it and not clipping to the pedal? I stood on the pedal with all my weight, both brakes on, and no *click*.

re: coupla Speedplay Q's...JimP
Jan 14, 2003 12:48 PM
I would hesitate to use loctite on my pedals, however - if you are using X-2 or X-3s, it probably wouldn't hurt. If you are using X-1s, titanium non-sieze is recommended. The pedals are a little stiff to start with so that part is normal.
Yes, I have had problems with getting grit into the springs. I now am careful to put the covers on the cleats if I am going to be stepping into any sand or dirt. I try to keep the cleats clean and lube them with White Lightning every few rides.

re: coupla Speedplay Q's...Mr Shiney Pants
Jan 14, 2003 12:53 PM
thanks Jim,

I have the X-3's (basic).

I don't have cleat covers but will now look for some.

re: coupla Speedplay Q's...bugleboy
Jan 14, 2003 1:53 PM
When was the last time you pulled that little screw at the end of the pedal out and shot some grease in there. Speedplay recommends every 3000 miles
they're brand new. < 200 mi. (nm)Mr Shiney Pants
Jan 14, 2003 4:25 PM
loctite not required...C-40
Jan 14, 2003 2:27 PM
You must not be properly tightening the pedal. If you don't have one, get the special long handled wrench made for pedals. A pedal should never come loose while riding.
Pedal wrench and clean cleatsKerry
Jan 14, 2003 4:25 PM
It sounds like you're not putting enough umph into tightening the pedals. Leaning on a pedal wrench (greased threads) should give you a "never loosen" situation. Many people use some sort of dry lube on Speedplay cleats - perhaps an actual proper use for White Lightning. Keeping the cleats clean and dry lubed will insure easy entry/exit.
thanks all - I'll *lean* on the pedal wrench (nm)Mr Shiney Pants
Jan 14, 2003 4:29 PM
Jan 14, 2003 4:31 PM
I have two sets of speedplays. The x/2's have 8500+ miles on them, some of which were in the rain, and I have had no problems (re: unthreading). The grit in cleats can be problematic. Add some lube to them periodically. The other set is x/1's, they are relatively new, but they are perfect. Sorry you are having problems. I think perhaps you just got a bad set. I know many folks with speedplay's who have used them for years with no problems.
Love my Speed Play'soffcamber
Jan 14, 2003 6:42 PM
No Loctite!!! If you use that stuff once you'll have hell to pay every other time you swap pedals unless you clean the gunk out of the threads with a pedal tap. A pedal wrench is worth every penny you spend on it. Just be careful when you are leaning on that wrench that it dosent slip and send your hand into the chain rings. This sounds like a no brainer but its easy to do.
About the GritStewK
Jan 15, 2003 7:44 AM
To get the grit out of your Speedplay cleats on the road, flush them with water. Usually does the trick.

I lube my cleats with dry lube after each ride (per Speedplay's recommendation after I complained about breaking springs on a regular basis)which also makes clicking in easier.