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Hi All,

 

I'm a bit of a newby, so all replies will be appreciated.

I purchased a 2nd hand bike about a year back.

It has ultegra components & pedals.

Now the cleats needs replacing.

The pedals itself are working fine (according to me) but they look a bit "used".

I read that ultegra pedals should last very long (but I don't know how old they are).

 

The question is should I replace the pedals or just the cleats?

 

Thanks.

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Just the cleats.

 

Grip the pedal though and see if you have any movement on the axle, if it's more than noticeable then it may be time for new bearings or pedals.

Pedal release mechanism lasts forever though, generally.

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Unless u having issues clipping in and out with cleats that are still in good condition, AND the bearings on the pedals are starting to go (grinding, resistance to turning etc), then it's a subjective/personal choice to replace them.

 

Admit it, u just wanna get new toys ;)

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The pedals are rolling well and there is no play on them.

 

So what is the rule of thumb for replacing pedals?

When do you know it's time for new ones?

 

(and yes Capricorn - bling is a factor ;) )

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Generally, I'd hazard the rule of thumb lies in the eye of the beholder: when it looks meh, it's time to replace em (at least that's what i do anyway :lol: ). Most pedals outlast everything but the frame. Rebuild kits exist so unless u do absolutely zero maintenance on them, they gonna last a long long time. With clips though, if that mechanism is stuffed, then its' time to go.

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Hey if the pedals feel loose try and open them up, if it is cup and cone setup then tighten them up to remove the play and fill up with grease.

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Look KEO Blades. They will make you faster. Well you will feel faster, and a little poorer....

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The surface of the ultegra pedal (under the cleat) is supposedly sacrificial and should be replaced when it has worn down to the level of the rest of the pedal. Mine have had three years of heavy use and show little sign of wear. Black pedals always look more "worn" than silver but as long as they spin freely and the cleats attach well why change?

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Look KEO Blades. They will make you faster. Well you will feel faster, and a little poorer....

 

Look ... at least we can agree on something! ;)

 

But doesn't the Italians hate the French? We must be breaking some unwritten folk, thumb suck law by having French pedals on Italian bikes?

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Well it's a Canadian bike so French pedals should work fine ;)

Thanks for all the tips.

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