Wear & Tear Question
I have an Exustar shoe that served me very well for a couple of years or so. I've worn it so much, in fact, that there are wear marks from my cleats on it and now I'm having a hard time removing my shoe from the pedal and starting to have the screws come off easily. I think it's safe to say it's time for new shoes, but should I replace the cleats as well? In other words, is the grip problem with the shoe, with the cleat (just the bottom part? the whole thing?), or both? Any recommendations as to how to avoid this in the future?
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
on Exustar E-SM102 Cycling Shoes (Unisex)
Check the tension of the springs on the pedal mechanism, clean the pedal thoroughly , lube the mechanism. I have a set of cleats that lasted 12 years and the toe of the cleat was less than a millimeter thick when I had to retire the shoes. Probably not advisable, but it is surprising how long everything worked together when maintained regularly.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
The cleats might need replacement, as over time the wear on them may make the release less reliable. If however the bolts that hold the cleats on the shoe are loose (which is what I think you are saying), than the cleat will move on the shoe and that can make it nearly impossible to release as the cleat will not push back on the pedal "hinge".
The little bolts that hold the cleat on may sometimes need to be replaced as the heads become worn and virtually impossible to get tight, or for that matter loose, if they need to be taken off.
Even if you can get them tight, maybe you should get new cleats on the new shoes anyway as the old combo could be a spare set?
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
Monty The Cat