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Shimano Pedal - maintenance for cleat disengagement

Postby Kenzo » Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:24 am

After riding in wet condition a few times over the last week(s) I found my cleats/shoes getting harder to disengage from my Shimano pedals. (Though perhaps it was due to my feet feeling tired after some hours of hard pedaling effort.)
Where do I adjust/service/lube to bring it back to 'normal'? The spring or pivot points or do I just need to brush out any dirt/grit built up on the pedals and cleats?
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by BNA » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:29 pm

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Re: Shimano Pedal - maintenance for cleat disengagement

Postby Saturnstarzz » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:29 pm

Id brush out the cleats, check them for wear check (replace them if are worn) the pedals for debris

What type of pedals / cleats do you have?
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Re: Shimano Pedal - maintenance for cleat disengagement

Postby Kenzo » Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:40 pm

Yup - will check for wear and brush them down.
They were getting tight after a short walk on some grass so perhaps there is something there.

Would hate for the cleats to be worn - They pedals have been used for less than three weeks.

Shimano R540 SPD-SL pedals and cleats.
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Re: Shimano Pedal - maintenance for cleat disengagement

Postby Saturnstarzz » Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:27 pm

Pedals will be fine, clean any mud/grass out of your cleats, also check the bolts holding the cleat's on are tight. Sometimes if there loos the Cleat has some play before unclipping. They do come loose and I have lost a few bolts.

On the rear of the pedal there should be a a little square cut out with red line inside. With a small allen key you can adjust the tension screw on the rear of the pedal should have a + and minus - on either side of the hole.

Try taking some tension (1/4 of a turn) out then clip in and Unclip.

Its all about finding that happy medium good tension but confidence to unclip in a emergency.
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Re: Shimano Pedal - maintenance for cleat disengagement

Postby cooperplace » Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:52 pm

I spray a bit of WD40 there occasionally, works a treat.
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Re: Shimano Pedal - maintenance for cleat disengagement

Postby 57upd » Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:22 pm

A nice clean and some wd40 does the trick for me.
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Re: Shimano Pedal - maintenance for cleat disengagement

Postby ValleyForge » Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:16 pm

Candle wax is better - survives rain better and attracts less dirt.
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Re: Shimano Pedal - maintenance for cleat disengagement

Postby scotto » Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:06 pm

ValleyForge wrote:Candle wax is better - survives rain better and attracts less dirt.

good idea, but i cant decide on a colour


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