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Speedplay cleat improvement(15 posts)

Speedplay cleat improvementwilsonc
Jun 19, 2003 10:36 AM
Has anyone tried to put some strip of adhesive backed rubber on the bottom of the speedplay cleats to give them more traction as well as do less damage to the cleats when walking? I think a small strip on the front and back around the screws would be enough... or maybe some shoe-goo.

I've just upgraded to Sidi Energy/speedplay zeros from MTB shoes/Time ATAC, and walking around in these things requires quite a bit of concentration.

if anyone hasnt tried this yet, maybe i'll give this a try and report back. btw, anyone have and recommendations on where i can get strips of adhesive backed rubber?

Just get Speedplay cleat covers. (nm)Chen2
Jun 19, 2003 10:39 AM
yeah, butwilsonc
Jun 19, 2003 10:46 AM
but then you have to remember to put them on... you have to admit, having something built into the cleat would be more convenient. also, when you are at a stoplight and you put a foot down, you cant really put a cleat cover on.
yeah, but butRich_Racer
Jun 19, 2003 10:53 AM
why do you need a cleat cover at a stop sign??

I've had zero's for a few months and I think they're no more difficult to walk in than any other roadie cleat and wear down less than looks. Putting tape over the screws would be a problem because you'll need to tighen those screws pretty often as they come loose a lot!
Come loose?DCP
Jun 19, 2003 11:47 AM
After losing a few after adjusting the tension to "improve" locking it, loctite goes on mine. They don't loosen anymore.

Those screws are hard to find. I don't recommend losing any. Speedplay was great, however, in sending me replacements for free.
Jun 19, 2003 1:39 PM
The smaller screws now come new from Speedplay with blue locktite on the first few threads. I put some on the bigger screws too.
Not a lot of surface area to attach rubber...biknben
Jun 19, 2003 11:00 AM
The back edge of the cleat is what makes walking so difficult. Although, I don't find it any more difficult than other cleats I've used. Most road cleats make you walk as if you are wearing swim fins.

There isn't much area to attach a piece of rubber on the cleat. It would have to be really thin. It would end up shifting or sliding out of place. I doubt it would be very durable anyway. The "coffee shop caps" would be better. Puting a foot down at a light is gonna kill the cleats. Walking around on them will.

If you love to tinker, go for it. Home Deport or Lowes should have strips of rubber that you could cut to fit the cleat. Just improvise.
Jun 19, 2003 11:04 AM
Puting a foot down at a light is
gonna kill the cleats.
come loose stillRich_Racer
Jun 19, 2003 12:14 PM
Well I tighten a lot even with the loctite on. I agree that Speedplay were great when I called and asked for some replacement screws - a bag of 8 arrived the next day for free.

I think they've changed the metal too - softer black metal that enables the screws to grip better. The older brass coloured ones (of which I still have many) are the ones where the problem mostly exists, I think.
Speedplay cleat improvement: get Bebopscyclopathic
Jun 19, 2003 12:17 PM
3.5 years: commute, numerous centuries/doubles/brevets, lotsa walking/no problem. Oh yeah cheaper and lighter too.
re: Speedplay cleat improvementwolfereeno
Jun 19, 2003 1:08 PM
The problem I've had with my X2's wasn't walking - the coffee shop caps solved that - but rather the slippery part of the shoe against the top of the pedal when riding unclipped. I've come close to crashing in situations like weeding my way through a crowd or tricky location and slipping off the pedal. So I glued strips of rubber to the smooth part of the shoe. That helped, but on a whim I decided to try Speedplay Frogs.

I absolutely love them now and use them on my road and mountain bike. They retain nearly all of the positive aspects of the X2's plus the added improvement of walkability.
Jun 20, 2003 6:49 AM
I'm in total agreement w/you; however my biggest peeve w/the Speedplays is the ability to collect gravel/sand and then experience difficult clip-ins. (I have covers, but they come off very easy, and I'm not going to carry them on a ride and put them on at every rest stop). Here's a recommendation for your traction problem: At the hardware store (even Walmart) you can buy "Stair-tread [non-slip] Appliques"...they're made for abuse and have a very secure adhesive, but first wipe the bottom of your cleat surface with a good metal cleaner like Denatured Alcohol or Acetone; apply a rough-cut shape of the cleat pattern of the stair-tread, and trim with an Xacto knife.... (I have X2s on 2 bikes (& won an extra pair), so this is no time for changing to Frogs $$$$$$$).
Question to those who use Frogs: Are these any better than X2s when used on Road shoes (i.e., SIDI Genius) for walkabilty?????
my only beef with speedplayishmael
Jun 20, 2003 7:22 AM
the springs get worn and then pedal/cleat connection isn't as secure when pulling. And then to replace the spring you have to buy the whole cleat. Great pedals but when they get worn even a little it erks me. But then that doesnt happend till at least after 3/4 of a year.
only X series right?wilsonc
Jun 20, 2003 8:32 AM
you are referring to the X series cleats wearing out right? I was under the impression that the Zero's are much more durable... I hope i'm no wrong.
only X series right?ishmael
Jun 21, 2003 3:16 PM
yea, all I know about is the x series.