Reminder: Check your Cleats...

Discussion in 'The Bike Cafe' started by Jaguar27, Sep 16, 2006.

  1. Jaguar27

    Jaguar27 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2003
    Messages:
    648
    Likes Received:
    0
    Had a lovely ride today, nice and sunny, a cool breeze...a STRONG Headwind all the way home...nice workout...

    Arrived at the end of the ride, twisted my Foot to unclip and here I am :eek:

    I guess Panic wasn't the word, I was already leaning towards my normal Leg down position and my Foot was STUCK!! I had to twist to at least 45* untill I could unclip...

    Obviously, my Cleat had come loose...when I got home I got 3 full turns out of each screw untill they tightened down...

    By the way, I find it's always best when checking a screw or bolt to unscrew it a couple of turns FIRST, then re-torque it...don't simply crank on an already tight Screw/Bolt because eventually, something will give!!
     
    Tags:


  2. domaindomain

    domaindomain New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2004
    Messages:
    383
    Likes Received:
    0
    I got a new set of look keo cleats off ebay and they came with the covers in the pack - I have never used them before.

    Marvellous! Should extend the life of the cleats by ages!
     
  3. garage sale GT

    garage sale GT New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2006
    Messages:
    1,646
    Likes Received:
    3
    Disagree. This is only true if you keep cranking until the fastener turns, after it's already tight. If you only apply the correct torque to make sure it's not loose, there will be less wear and failure potential than if you perpetually loosen then tighten fasteners.

    The act of relaxing then stressing the threads weakens them. Threaded fasteners which are made to be frequently removed for service, like lug nuts, have extra strength designed into them because of this.

    I use red loctite on my cleats, and more than once I have had to walk 2-3 miles on them because I left my pump somewhere else or I tore up a sidewall. There is no loosening, although I agree it is best to check.
     
  4. rgunn1

    rgunn1 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2006
    Messages:
    19
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm running speedplay x5's and 3 of my 4 cleat screws came out on my right shoe while riding last week. It freaked me the hell out. I though I broke the cleat when my foot just ripped off of the pedal with a popping sound on the up stroke. I found some new bolts at the local hardware store and used red loc-tite on them this time (when the LBS put 'em on, they used blue). Hopefully they'll hold this time. They didn't have too many miles on them. I will be checking them periodically in the future though.
     
Loading...
Loading...