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  • How long do cleats last?

    I get the idea that it is pretty variable and that the C-spring will just go fairly unpredictably, but what is the normal range?

    I'm still using my first set, which are approaching four years old. I've not used them for all my riding in that time but they must have done over 10-15,000km. The C-spring on my left one has come a bit loose from its mounting, but still works fine and there's no sign that they are about to go.

    I'm trying to decide if they are likely to last for TCR, which would be another 3,000km plus as much again training. If that's not likely, I should probably replace now so the springs on the new ones can wear a bit softer by TCR.

    Do these things just go on for 20, 30,000km and more, or am I already on borrowed time, or is there no pattern - one set lasts for years and the next one snaps in a few weeks? If the latter, do people take spares on long rides? (I took spare plastic Looks when I used them and changed half way).

  • You're lucky. I've broken loads so I always carry spare cleats. I've changed them in so many races I'd probably just leave them be and wait for them to break and swap them during the race but if you have the chance now, then it seems sensible to make these ones your spares and fit new cleats.

  • You're lucky. I've broken loads so I always carry spare cleats. I've changed them in so many races I'd probably just leave them be and wait for them to break and swap them during the race but if you have the chance now, then it seems sensible to make these ones your spares and fit new cleats.

    Thanks, that's really useful. So carry spares on races.

    Do you carry them on normal day rides? What happens if they break - I assume that the spring just smaps but you can still ride with them, just they don't click in and retain the pedal. Are they viable to ride long distances with if they break, or is it time to limp to a station?

  • I don't carry them on normal rides, no. Maybe I would on a more remote, longer audax but generally if they break you can still ride like it's a flat pedal just being careful not to lift your foot. Not great, but not a showstopper.

  • and there's always duct tape and zip ties... :)

  • My first set lasted three or four years. 100% change them before TCR though, reckon that’s a no brainier. Maybe take the old C springs with you just in case.

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