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When to replace red Look cleats?(12 posts)

When to replace red Look cleats?Kristin
Jun 10, 2003 7:56 AM
I can't tell if I've gotten really clumbsy or if my cleats are too worn down, but I seem to have trouble getting clipped in as of late. Is that a symptom of tired, old cleats? Of course, the more I miss my pedal, the more nervous I get about clipping in, the more I miss my pedal, the more traffic gets mad at me, the more nervous I get, the more I miss the pedal....
re: When to replace red Look cleats?PaulCL
Jun 10, 2003 8:06 AM
replace when:
the cleat unclips on an upstroke
the front of the cleat is worn down to just a thin extension
when they clip in/out just way too easily
when you feel that they may be worn...'cause they're only $12 a pair.

I don't use Looks anymore, but one pair used to last an entire season (+/- 4000 miles).
I just learned about the dots!pitt83
Jun 10, 2003 8:10 AM
There are three dots at the corners. These are wear indicators. Compare yours with new and you'll see what I'm talking about.
when the leading edge is thin, thin, thin, thinterry b
Jun 10, 2003 8:27 AM
the dots are good but if you walk on the crap I walk on (crusher finds driveway) they disappear pretty quickly. Long before the cleat is worn out.

I look at the leading edge. If the thickness is down "a whole lot" as in if your judgement tells you it could easily chip away, change the cleat.

Had one break off once - fun riding home with nothing holding my foot in the pedal. Good calf and ankle work out.
Jun 10, 2003 9:01 AM
I use cleat covers, so the dots on the corners never wear down. The leading edge is what's important, and I've had the edge partially snap off on badly worn cleats. My cleats seem to squeak more when wearing out, and my feet feel much sloppier in the pedals -- that is with a lot of play, sort of like Speedplay pedals if you've ever used them.

I just replaced my cleats last night, coincidentally. Make sure you mark the position of your old cleats before replacing them. The last time I replaced cleats, I moved them too far forward and developed nagging calf pains that took months to figure out -- until I move the cleats back a little.
I feel them moving when I stand up.dzrider
Jun 10, 2003 9:48 AM
Words fail me to describe what I feel, but the front of the cleat no longer seems solidly in place and the front of my foot can move up and down. This is long after the dots are worn away, but I've never broken a cleat before replacing it. Another sign is worn screw heads that tell me "Get me off while you stil can."
Can they be swapped (right to left)?? My right seems to....Endure
Jun 10, 2003 10:48 AM
be wearing down faster than the left and I was wondering if there is any problem in swapping.....
Sure. Let me guess, you put the right foot down at stops? nm.jw25
Jun 10, 2003 12:12 PM
Before they look like this. nmKen of Fresno
Jun 10, 2003 12:28 PM
You get 4k miles out of a pair of cleats?Screaming Barfy
Jun 10, 2003 12:34 PM
I'm on my 2nd pair after only 2k this year and they're even wearing thin. The leading edge of the cleat seems to wear out a heck of a lot faster than any other part. Probably due to the fact that most of my riding is in-town riding and alot of stopping at lights etc.
I get over 6,000 miles on a pair.MR_GRUMPY
Jun 10, 2003 12:44 PM
You just have to be careful, and not walk on them.
Get some cleat coversMikeDee
Jun 12, 2003 7:12 AM
Do yourself a favor and get some cleat covers. Walking on the cleats wears them out a whole lot faster than wear in the pedals. They may also keep you from slipping and falling when walking.