How long does it take to change cleats?

Even in my short, limited cycling past, changing pedals and cleats is one piece of mechanics and customisation I thought I’d mastered when I first made the change from flat to clipless.

Needless to say, when the two mile walk a fortnight ago managed to grind the plastic down under my shoes I was fairly confident of a quick turnaround. New cleats, thanks to Amazon Prime’s next day delivery, unscrew the old, screw in the new, and away we go.

No, cycling’s not that straight forward for me, and that’s the reason why nearly a week after ‘unscrewing the old’ I’m still waiting for the new in the post.

Cleats replaced under the shoes in just over five minutes, not a problem. Mud from the shoes all over the living room floor…problem, but one that’s easy to solve. Proud of my achievement I sat on the bike, clipped my feet I and… nope.

Turns out that damaged plastic had worn thin enough to squeeze under a crushed right pedal, meaning the £13 cheap clipless pedals I’d ordered last year were perfectly (albeit accidentally) customised to my feet.

Back to Amazon, Shimano PD-R540 pedals on order, Prime delivery, problem solved.

Expected 18th February

Lesson: When ordering things on the internet, look where they’re being shipped from. South African pedals aren’t going to be next day delivery.

Luckily, my riding time is significantly cut this week due to illness (a cold), so I’m not missing out too much.

How long does it take to change your cleats then? Somewhere between seven minutes and two weeks is the answer.

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  1. Now as someone who has done more than his fair share of bike fits, I would like to say if you end up with the red Shimano cleats, change them to the yellow ones if you would like to keep your knees healthy.

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  2. The yellow ones allow your knee to track the way your body moves, the red do not allow that movement. As such they increase the likelihood of injury.

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