Time for new cleats?

My mountain bike shoes with extremely worn SPD cleats. What do you think?

Time for new cleats?

Here’s a closer view. You can see the washer plate and cleat are kind of fused together. Even if I do replace the cleats, I’m not sure an allen key can fit in the bolts. I might need to drill them out.

Time for new cleats?


  • Ian Hoffman
    November 8, 2011 - 11:24 am | Permalink

    Drill?  ehh…  Slot ’em with a dremel tool and cutoff disc and use a large screwdriver. If that doesn’t work, cut out the rest of the head with the dremel, pull stuff apart.

  • November 8, 2011 - 2:47 pm | Permalink

    was about to suggest the dremel as well…

  • Andy
    November 8, 2011 - 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Solemates… Those cleats are never coming off. If you drill it out, you would need to rethread it (good luck!). If they are that worn, I’m going to guess the second set of holes had rusted being usability as well.

    I was able to reuse my first pair of cleats for 12 years. Now I seem to have corroded bolts that just snap when I try to back them out, so I seem to get new ones each year after my commuter shoes wear out. The race shoes seem to stay dry enough though – though they are the ones that fit under booties so they see a few slushfest days in winter.

  • Andy
    November 8, 2011 - 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Soak it in WD40 for a week and hope they won’t shear off too

  • Bob_brown162000
    November 8, 2011 - 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Toss the shoes, too.

  • Anonymous
    November 9, 2011 - 6:35 am | Permalink

    yeah  those are very hard to clip, easy to unclip, when they get that worn

    you can prob get them out though


  • November 11, 2011 - 6:35 am | Permalink

    if you dig all the dirt out of the heads, and use a quality allen key they should come off.

  • December 9, 2011 - 12:34 pm | Permalink

    oh my. that won’t work with my mountain biking shoes. 

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