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Speedplay problem.(6 posts)

Speedplay problem.cydswipe
Mar 18, 2003 12:47 PM
Does anyone here using Speedplay X-series pedals notice corosion on the bolts that hold the cleat to the shoe? The 8 bolts that have the blue paint on them are corroding on mine. I've had the pedals since Feb. I've only riden with them about 75 miles so far. The corosion is leaving marks on the cleats. Am I the only one with this problem? Check yours and let me know.
re: Speedplay problem.Juanmoretime
Mar 18, 2003 1:37 PM
I've been riding Speedplay's for over ten years, yes they rust. No, it's not a problem, I generally don't look at the bottom of my shoe.
re: Speedplay problem.Scot_Gore
Mar 18, 2003 2:12 PM
My bolts are a little rusted as well. I don't consider it a problem. I've got about 2600 miles on the cleats. I'm not getting any marks on my cleats, but the bottom gets fairly scraped up just from putting my feet down at stoplights, so again, the comestics of it are not a big deal.

Things I've done for my Speedplays just because it seems like a good idea.
1) few drops of chain lube on the cleat once a week.
2) Remove those 8 screws three times a year to:
A) tighten the three wide screws that attach the shim to the shoe.
B) unfold a paper clip and pick sand and grit traped between the casing and spring (the chrome pc. that grabs the pedal).
3) My shop has been shooting lube into the pedal at the little port everytime they see the bike.


re: Speedplay problem.Rich_Racer
Mar 18, 2003 4:25 PM
It's not blue paint - it's glue to hold the srew in as you can't tighten them properly on speedplays because you would then compress the mecanism too much. Rust totally isn't a problem (although I live in San Diego so mine aren't at all rusted.)
I used our kitchen sink hand sprayer....cydswipe
Mar 18, 2003 4:26 PM
... I never would have looked but Mon. I got a flat tire and pulled off. I sort of slipped on the cleats and got my footing in 4 inches of mud. After all was said and done, I got home and worked the hot water into the cleat to get the mud out. I will follow advice and lube the cleat.
Thanks Scot!
I used our kitchen sink hand sprayer....dstahl
Mar 18, 2003 6:49 PM
Make sure you use a dry lube like White Lightning. A wet lube will eventually gum up the spring.