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D'oh! Lost another Sidi heel pad...(8 posts)

D'oh! Lost another Sidi heel pad...commuterguy
Apr 23, 2003 10:48 AM
...and it seems like only last week I checked all the screws in my shoes. I love the shoes (Genius 3's, mega for my EE feet) but this is the second heel pad I've lost. Somewhere I have a replacement (Sidi only sells them in pairs, at $10 per). Still, the shoe's coefficient of friction is MUCH lower w/o the pad than w/ it. Lucky I didn't fall when I had to unclip at a red light today.

I guess some Loctite would be in order--does anyone else have this problem, or a strategy that keeps the pads on the shoes?
re: D'oh! Lost another Sidi heel pad...godot
Apr 23, 2003 11:00 AM
Read about someone on this board losing a heel pad last year, went home, found that they were both loose on my shoes, loc-tite'd them in immediately. I still check them on occasion, but they are still on pretty tight.

Had a friend that went for a lunch time ride. He didn't realize he'd lost a heel pad on the ride. Took a pretty nasty fall walking his bike across the tile to the bike storage room at work. He destroyed his front wheel, and gashed his forearm on the chainrings.
Blue Loctite.......Len J
Apr 23, 2003 11:15 AM
The first thing I do with a new pair of Sidi's is blue loctite the heel pad screw (just be careful to keep it off the plastic). Been riding them for 3 years & never have lost a pad.

Same problem herems
Apr 23, 2003 12:40 PM
I have lost several heel pads from my Sidis. I have noticed that the heel pads and the side buckles often fall off after I have traveled with the shoes -- I wonder if the vibrations of the plane or car cause the screws to become loose. However, the heel pads also have come loose when I have not done any recent travel with my bike and shoes.
I never have tried Loctite. One question, if you use loctite can you unscrew the heel pads if you need to do so?(I never have had a particular heel pad stay long enough on my shoes to know if they wear down and need to be replaced from wear, but I could imagine such a scenario).
Sidi Pads, Buckles...Bixe
Apr 23, 2003 4:48 PM
When I picked up this pair of Ergo1 shoes awhile back, my LBS guy mentioned that the screws in Sidi shoes were prone to backing out. His recommendation is as mentioned above: Blue Loctite on all screws in the cleats, buckles, pads and the screws in the split soles of the Ergo1. I left the screws in the cleats un-treated until I was satisfied with the positioning and found that those screws did indeed loosen up....
I think they are designed to fall off...big $ in heel pads (nm)ColnagoFE
Apr 24, 2003 7:32 AM
DO NOT USE LOCTITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Fignons_ponytail
Apr 24, 2003 5:33 PM
Hope you get this message in time, but absolutely don't use loctite. The solvent in loctite is not compatible with the plastic used in the Sidi buckles. It will gradually dissolve the plastic. Um, yeah, it just happened to me. Luckily the buckle failed when I was ratcheting the buckle tighter *before* I started the ride and I was able to pull a buckle from my other pair of Sidis.

Sidi customer service (Veltec--the importer) is sending me new buckles. The rep said that loctite will indeed destroy their buckles, but that the newest ones are using a different plastic that isn't affected.

As for a remedy to the loosening, the rep told me to use teflon plumbers tape wrapped around the threads. I'll give it a shot, otherwise I will use a dab of silicon caulk.
Do not use loctite on the buckles, heel pads OKEric_H
Apr 24, 2003 8:29 PM
I have had the same problem when I used loctite on the buckle screws. However, I have used loctite on the heel pads of several Sidi shoes without any problems. In my experience the heel pads are the most prone to loosening and falling out.