• 04-20-2006
    Problem with Pearl Izumi shoes
    Hey Guys,
    Just wondering if I could get some feedback on my shoe problem. I got new Pearl Izumi shoes for my clipless pedals, and I've been using them for a couple of weeks now. Today, on my way home, I couldn't get my left foot out of the pedal. I loosened the binding adjusters until I could manage to free the shoe. This has happened TWICE now! After examining the shoe, it looks like a couple of things are going on:
    1) the tops of the posts for the screws in the shoes have broken off
    2) the cleats aren't staying in one spot
    3) I'm MISSING a screw (literally)
    4) Another screw has come loose, and appears misthreaded

    I've never had trouble like this with my road shoes. Should this be happening? Should I contact Pearl Izumi? Or should I get some Specialized shoes? Sidi? I need good shoes, or this is gonna be one frustrating commuting season!
  • 04-21-2006
    Sounds to me like the shoes are fine and you just need a new plate. Whoever installed the cleat on the bottom of your shoe tightened the screws to tight and broke the plate. Very common and can happen with any shoe. I have a pair of Pearl Izumi shoes and it is real easy to replace.
  • 04-22-2006
    I put the cleats in myself - didn't think I overtightened them, but maybe I did.