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    Problems pulling cleats out.

    Does anyone else have issues with their cleats pulling out of their shoes during a ride? And do you have a solution?

    I can't seem to get through a 20 mile day without having to tighten my cleats back on at some point and I have come really close to losing the screws on a couple occasions.

    Am I putting an inordinate amoung of pressure or using bad technique when I am pulling so hard on the pedals to get up some of these steep climbs?

    I was using Shimano shoes and Eggbeater cleas until recently I got a pair of Sidis and had the same problem with them yesterday.

    I greased the bolts when I installed them but I don't want to do anything that won't let me get the cleats out as I go through a set of eggbeater cleats every 2 months or so.

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    Wow..I have never had or heard of that problem...I ride on 15yo pearl's...locktite possibly

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    I use Shimano SPDs that are eons old. I once had the cleats come off on my a lot during climbs - that's because I had switched pedals from Sarah's bike to mine and her pedals are much looser than mine.

    Tightened them, and off I go. I've never used Eggbeaters. A friend of mine uses them as road pedals and doesn't have any issues.

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    I've never had that problem with eggbeaters on multiple pairs of Sidis and Shimano shoes. I usually put a little anti-seize on the threads and tighten them down good.

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    I have never had that problem either, although if I did I suspect I would use some blue Loctite to keep em nice and snug.
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    I'll give the locktite a go.

    It does seem like it is better on the Sidis. On the Shimanos I got rid of and the Northwaves before that I would have to tighten them several times during a ride.

    In a race situation it could be a disaster though. So annoying.

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    Never heard of that either...I'm using Sidi's with some Candy SL's and have had no issues, but I'd say the Loctite is the way to go....or a little less (as in none) of that grease you mentioned you used on em...

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    tread interference

    I had the same issue with some eggbeaters on a new pair of Shimano MO86s. I actually twisted the cleat on the shoe trying to get out. The culprit was the new shoe's tread pattern. I dremeled the tread down in the area of interference and it made all the difference. To the eye it didn't seem like a lot of interference but it sure felt like there was a lot of resistance getting unclipped.
    That and the blue loctite have done the trick for me.
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