Removing Old Cleats

Postby Rik on Thu 30/Oct/14 8:52pm

I've treated myself to some new SPD cleats. But of course to old ones are so old/worn down, I fear the bolts are welded in place.

I can feel the allen key wanting to round the bolts out, when I try turning them.

Any tips for removing the old bolts? Or do I need to drill the buggers out?
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Re: Removing Old Cleats

Postby Oli on Thu 30/Oct/14 8:55pm

You can hacksaw a couple of deep slots in them and use a big flat-bladed screwdriver.
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Re: Removing Old Cleats

Postby happybaboon on Thu 30/Oct/14 8:58pm

Moderate WD40 application and leave to soak in? Worked for me :huh:
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Re: Removing Old Cleats

Postby great uncle bulgaria on Thu 30/Oct/14 9:10pm

coke?
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Re: Removing Old Cleats

Postby shmoodiver on Thu 30/Oct/14 9:16pm

Speed?
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Re: Removing Old Cleats

Postby Henry Dorset Case on Thu 30/Oct/14 9:17pm

turn them upside down let some WD40 soak in and try it. I ended up drilling the heads off a pair at one point I had one replacement sole plate the other was OK with vice grips on the screw stubs. the issue of course is they get covered in shit and wet and they seize solid.

copper kote the replacements!
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Re: Removing Old Cleats

Postby Henry Dorset Case on Thu 30/Oct/14 9:18pm

Or fuck it, its a sign from the babbychizzus you need new shoes innit?
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Re: Removing Old Cleats

Postby great uncle bulgaria on Thu 30/Oct/14 9:24pm

shmoodiver wrote:Speed?

32 on the flat
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Re: Removing Old Cleats

Postby great uncle bulgaria on Thu 30/Oct/14 9:28pm

crc or wd40 thirded :withstupid:
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Re: Removing Old Cleats

Postby happybaboon on Thu 30/Oct/14 9:32pm

great uncle bulgaria wrote:crc or wd40 thirded :withstupid:

For lols can we start officially referring to these under their correct terminology; penetrating fluid? :eh:

You need to apply some penetrating fluid to that shaft!
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Re: Removing Old Cleats

Postby Rik on Thu 30/Oct/14 9:34pm

Cheers all, I've left them to soak in WD40 overnight. I'll attack them with a hacksaw tomorrow.

Henry Dorset Case wrote:Or fuck it, its a sign from the babbychizzus you need new shoes innit?

I've been looking at new shoes, but I love these shoes and I don't want to retire them until they die completely
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Re: Removing Old Cleats

Postby Oli on Thu 30/Oct/14 9:35pm

Penetrating fluid first, then do the hacksawing if that hasn't worked... :blush:
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Re: Removing Old Cleats

Postby neels on Thu 30/Oct/14 9:54pm

If WD40/CRC doesn't work, try some mouse milk (no mice are harmed in the making of this product), we use it at work for pulling apart stuff that has been sitting outside for years.

Another option if the hex gets rounded out is hammering in an appropriately sized torx bit.
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Re: Removing Old Cleats

Postby Slim on Thu 30/Oct/14 9:58pm

Just drill the heads out. No need to cock about if you aren't re-using any of the bolts.
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Re: Removing Old Cleats

Postby swtchbckr on Thu 30/Oct/14 10:08pm

Tighten your pedals & just live with the old cleats?
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