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    Crankbrothers cleats/pedals with shim and shield: can't keep them tight!

    I have the cleats on Shimano shoes and using Candys.

    Unclipping can rotate the cleat hardware between the shoe and the shim, while the bolts are relatively tight. Happens every other ride at least. I use anti-seize compound on the threads. Should I try blue/red Loctite instead? Should I scuff the surface of the shoe under the shim?
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    Style: Mid-Atlantic roots, rocks, & poison ivy

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    Grease the threads and torque to 5Nm. That's likely tighter than what you're currently using. A torque wrench is good but a torque key is handier. Be careful to not strip the heads. If it's still slipping then, let us know.
    What, me worry?

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    I don't know if this is still true, but CB used to ship two lengths of screw. If you are using the long one, it may feel tight, but not really be tight against the cleat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Rager View Post
    Grease the threads and torque to 5Nm. That's likely tighter than what you're currently using. A torque wrench is good but a torque key is handier. Be careful to not strip the heads. If it's still slipping then, let us know.
    I've been trying to avoid spending ~$50 for a (adjustable) torque wrench/key but it is probably worth it. Thanks for the response.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HHL View Post
    I don't know if this is still true, but CB used to ship two lengths of screw. If you are using the long one, it may feel tight, but not really be tight against the cleat.
    Thanks for the response. They still do that. Why would the longer one feel tighter than it might be?
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    Style: Mid-Atlantic roots, rocks, & poison ivy

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanshananigan View Post
    Thanks for the response. They still do that. Why would the longer one feel tighter than it might be?
    Because it bottoms out, before it can put pressure on the cleat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSU Alum View Post
    Because it bottoms out, before it can put pressure on the cleat.
    Gotcha - thanks. The design of these shoes won't allow for bottoming out, but that is a good consideration for others .
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