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Speedplay cleat(6 posts)

Speedplay cleatScot_Gore
Sep 25, 2003 8:05 AM
After 6000 miles, I just broke my first spring on my Speedplay cleat.

I'm not upset by it breaking, things do wear out after all, but I am curious what other folks experience have been.

How many miles per new set of cleats have others gotten and how does 6000 miles compare to other clipless systems ?

re: Speedplay Spring Wearunobtainium
Sep 25, 2003 8:48 AM
I have found that after about 4,000 miles that the springs wear enough to notice play on the upstroke. The spring wears from a round profile to a thinner flatter one. I Simply replace the springs. I recall its about $10.00/set. Cheaper than replacing the entire cleat.
re: Speedplay Spring WearManBehindTheCurtain
Sep 25, 2003 9:21 AM
I recently replaced my cleats. I had about 7,000 miles on the cleats and had not experienced any failure but I went ahead and replaced them anyway.

Why? Well, the springs had worn from the round shape to mostly flat and I think I agree with unobtanium that there was some play in the pedal interface. For example, I noticed that they unclipped really, really easily. This was not to the level of problem as they were still secure throughout the pedalling stroke. However, it only took a very easy twist and roll to get unclipped. What finally pushed me over the edge to replacement was that the metal surfaces on the bottom of the cleat were quite worn. I habitually unclip my right foot at stops and therefore end up with much more wear on that cleat. I had reached a state where the front edge of the cleat on my right shoe had worn completely down to a point where that edge had become pretty sharp. A further issue was that the metal on both cleats was worn down enough that I was starting to get wear on the heads of the attaching screws.

I just figured enough is enough. I might have been able to get some more miles out of those cleats but I had an extra set of cleats available anyway from having bought pedals for a second bike. It just seemed like time to cut the cord. I installed the new cleats.
re: Speedplay cleatJimP
Sep 25, 2003 9:57 AM
I've got over 6k miles on my cleats and the left spring, the one I cleat last and uncleat first, has worn enough that I am ready to replace it.

re: Speedplay cleatcommuterguy
Sep 25, 2003 10:31 AM
I managed about 7K miles before one of mine broke. When I replaced it, I noticed that Speedplay recommends they be replaced every 5K miles (and cleaned and lubed regularly).
You seem to be in the rangeKerry Irons
Sep 25, 2003 4:42 PM
As noted, Speedplay recommends 5K mileage replacement. My wife went over 10K miles and had just about worn the slots off the mounting screws (cleats wore down to expose the screw heads). The springs showed no wear that I could see, but it sill means new cleats. It's a curiousity to me that some people wear the springs flat while others don't seem to wear them at all. I wonder what the mechanism is?