How often do you check the state of play of your cleats? Probably not all that often, and if you’re anything like me you’ll wait until the quality of clipping in and out deteriorates to such an extent that you’re forced to change them.
My Shimano SPD-SL cleats, I discovered, were badly showing the signs of much use,[they were a disgrace – ed.] so a trip to my nearest bike shop for some new ones was hurried up. There’s something strangely satisfying about removing tired cleats and carefully positioning new ones, and the results back on the bike were startling. I’ll be making sure to check my cleats more regularly. When was the last time you checked?
Five minutes later, and my new cleats are in place. About 10 minutes work all in but time, and money, well spent as the result is quite dramatic.