Archive for August 9th, 2012

SPD Bicycle Cleats: Wearout Thereof

Mary decided her cycling shoes were worn out after about four years and maybe 8000 miles. Walking with cleated shoes doesn’t work well (no, we don’t bother with cleat covers), but they’ve seen a few miles of pavement, too:

Worn SPD cleat in cycling shoe

Worn SPD cleat in cycling shoe

A closeup shows that the surface of the old cleat really has worn away:

SPD cleats - new and worn

SPD cleats – new and worn

The rear tang is mostly there:

SPD cleats - rear tang

SPD cleats – rear tang

But the front tang is mostly gone:

SPD cleats - front tang

SPD cleats – front tang

New shoes, new cleats, new pedals… we’re still tuning for best fit.