Fun_People Archive
25 Oct
Help with cleats?

Date: Wed, 25 Oct 95 23:08:54 -0700
From: Peter Langston <psl>
To: Fun_People
Subject: Help with cleats?

Forwarded-by: (Keith Bostic)
Forwarded-by: "Jeff H. Snider" <>
From: Paul Tomblin <>

Subject: Re: Need help with Specialized Shoes w/ Onza Pedals

In a previous article, (Thomas De Santis) said:
>I have a problem with my cleats rotating on my shoes (Specialized
>Ground Control '95) when i try to release out of my Onza H.O. (CroMo)
>pedals. I am using the #2 elastomer (gray) on my pedals and I have made
>sure that the bolts are tight that fasten the cleats to the shoes. What
>seems to happen, and I am looking for anyone else with this same problem
>or who knows of a solution, is the plastic coating on the bottom of the shoe
>is rotating with the cleat upon any release attempt.
>Anyone with any solutions to this problem please reply by posting or

OK, since you posted to all these newsgroups, you must want solutions by
these various newsgroups:
- Make sure you have only tube components.  If you're having problems with
  clipping in your pedals, it probably means that you've got some of that
  digital technology.
- It's those damn 55 mile per hour speed limits.  If you were allowed to go 65
  on the interstates (that were designed for 75, after all), you'd be able to
  release your pedals with no problems.
- It's those damn Japanese Shimano parts.  Get some good AMERICAN stuff.
- Are these aircooled pedals or watercooled?  Cause anything watercooled is

- I suggest you ride in low, down in the ground clutter, and drop a precision
  guided munition on your bike pedals.

- DAMN BIKERS!  All they do is tear up the trails and scare the wildlife!
- Try a softer elastomer or spray some teflon on the pedal.  Also try a spacer
  between the cleat and the shoe.
- Just before releasing the pedal, tack to the upwind and come hard about.

- Put in more protection, and don't forget to talc your hands.  Use chocks and
  nuts, not those damn rock-scarring pitons.  I HOPE YOU DON'T HAVE ANY BOLTS  

Hope this helps.

From: (Scott Truesdell)

Hey! You missed a few good newsgroups!  After I forwarded Paul Tomblin's
reply to a friend, she pointed out several great missed opportunities:

- I'm not a doctor, but you may have some serious inflamation of your meta-
  tarsals!  Try some homeopathic remedies such as arsenic and see if that
- Don't use a broken pedal as an excuse to abandon your exercise program!
  Make a promise to yourself that you will do something JUST FOR YOU and
  workout!! Remember that if you are good to your body, your body will be
  good to you.  I hope you are getting within 80% of your target heart rate
  for at least 20 minutes 3 times per week!!!!!
- Get out of this group!  Anyone who can post to THAT MANY groups can't have
  a problem with shyness!  Beat it!

- If you suspect your pedal is malfunctioning, get a known good pedal off
  someone else's bike and swap it in.  If the symptoms disappear, then you
  have isolated the problem: it's probably a bad pedal!

- I don't know about bikes, but Microsoft is single-handedly KILLING OFF all
  other operating systems!!!!!!

- Try putting it in an anchored frame!

[=] © 1995 Peter Langston []