Timely maintenance of your cleat prevents irritating rattling, height clearance or breaking cleats. Cleats wear out and must be replaced periodically. You install new cleats when it is difficult to release the shoe or when release is much easier than when the cleat was new. In addition, also if the connection between pedal and cleat shows much more play than before. If the colored part of the cleat becomes worn, it is time for replacement. From the front, replace the cleats when the black layer under the cleats shows. And from behind when the cleat is worn down to the reference line.

Life span of cleats

How long cleats last is difficult to indicate, as it varies from rider to rider. Cleats wear faster if you ride more often or more kilometers. Your riding style, how often you run with them and whether or not the cleats are recessed into the sole also affect wear. In general, it’s best not to let the cleats wear out too far before replacing them. Riding with worn out cleats can cause you to be unable to engage or disengage in a timely manner.

Replacing cleats

It is important that cleats are properly fitted and properly maintained so that you can ride safely and enjoyably. Before replacement, it is good to clean your shoe and cleat well. Especially the bolts. Use the right tools to do this. Grab a small screwdriver, old spoke or a large nail to clean the bolts. The more dirt is out, the more grip your tools will have.

Choose good work tools

Always use good, preferably relatively new tools. Choose a wrench without a round head! Cleats easily sit under your shoes for 1-2 years, which can cause the bolts to seize up. Good wrenches will prevent you from driving the bolts crazy. Once you have removed the cleats, clean them thoroughly. A drop of oil on the threads prevents rusted bolts in the future. When replacing the cleats, never use your old bolts. New cleats always come with fresh hardware. Make sure the position is exactly the same to avoid knee problems. And your cleat is ready again!

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