"David L. Johnson" <[email protected]
> wrote in message
> On Wed, 07 May 2003 14:50:00 +0000, Robin Hubert wrote:
> >> I personally use and recommend Speedplay Frogs. Walkable, totally free float over 20-some-odd
> >> degrees, and only one moving part. Very
> >> very secure, very comfortable.
> > The lack of moving parts is no indication of longevity or easy care.
> > pedals require frequent service. Also not very good for touring unless
> > want to carry 2 extra items with you: 1) a dry lube for the cleat/pedal interface and 2) a
> > grease injector. One ride in the rain and you better lube them.
> Nonsense. I lube my pedals no more than once every 3-4 months. I also never bother with a lube on
> the cleat-pedal interface. After I shoot a bit of grease into the pedals, I grab a greasy rag to
> wipe off the excess, and some of that gets on the pedals where the cleat rides. That is it.
> Of course, I've only been uing them for 4 years/20,000 miles, so what do I know.
Gee, I dunno what you dunno, but I sell these all the time (for 4 years now) and service them also.
I see many of these pedals come through the shop and have used them also for probably 20K or more.
So, what do I know? What I know is I see alot of service problems due to people that, regardless of
warnings and suggestions, insist on neglecting pedal service.
After a ride in the rain, you better lube these pedals, or the next time you try, you'll find rust
coming out the inside "seal". That rusty grease ought to lube your cleat/pedal interface just right.
The funny thing is, most don't even notice the pedal body wobbling on the spindle, or that it spins
so freely due to lack of lube, or that their cleats are worn out and ruining the pedal in the
process. Then I ask about their service schedule and if they've read Speedplay's instructions on
care and service ... almost always "uh ....".
Anyway, I never said they were bad pedals (and I never said you were an idiot for using them), so
don't be offended.
Robin Hubert <[email protected]