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    SPD release got stiffer during a ride

    Yeah, what's up with that? It felt like my 10+ year old SPD's got tighter and tighter every time I stopped and put a foot down on my last ride. Is this a known issue that I've somehow overlooked?
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    SPD release got stiffer during a ride

    Quote Originally Posted by old_fuji View Post
    Yeah, what's up with that? It felt like my 10+ year old SPD's got tighter and tighter every time I stopped and put a foot down on my last ride. Is this a known issue that I've somehow overlooked?
    Are your cleats worn? Have you tried to lube the interface between the cleat and the pedal jaws?
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    Do you mean that it got harder and harder to get your foot out of the pedal????
    Maybe your cleat retention bolts loosened up, so that the cleat twisted when you tried to twist out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfdemicco View Post
    Are your cleats worn? Have you tried to lube the interface between the cleat and the pedal jaws?
    The cleats are brand new, from when I bought the shoes a couple years ago (I don't ride much, so they're not terribly warn). I haven't tried lube yet, I wasn't sure if oil would draw dirt in and wear the mechanism more than normal.


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    Do you mean that it got harder and harder to get your foot out of the pedal????
    Maybe your cleat retention bolts loosened up, so that the cleat twisted when you tried to twist out.
    I've had that happen with my old shoes; this didn't feel like it. This felt, honestly, most like a brand new set of pedals before you break 'em in, but it only started happening on the last 5 miles of our ride over the weekend.
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    Something similar happened to me a couple of times. Once, it was a little mud packed into the cleat. My theory is it was from my driveway and dried/hardened over the course of the ride. Another time it was the same story but with slush. I'm assuming slush is mostly a non-issue this time of year, but same concept. Mine were Keo pedals. Once I cleaned the foreign material out of the cleats they worked ok again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old_fuji View Post
    The cleats are brand new, from when I bought the shoes a couple years ago (I don't ride much, so they're not terribly warn). I haven't tried lube yet, I wasn't sure if oil would draw dirt in and wear the mechanism more than normal.



    I've had that happen with my old shoes; this didn't feel like it. This felt, honestly, most like a brand new set of pedals before you break 'em in, but it only started happening on the last 5 miles of our ride over the weekend.
    Lube makes a big difference. A drop of oil at the front and back of the cleat, or on the jaws of the pedal where the cleat engages is what you should do.

    As already mentioned, maybe your cleat is loose.

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    Inspect your cleats. Probably a burr cause by stepping on something. Just file it off if that's the case.
    Or some chewing gum or who knows what.

    Pedals don't tighten up during rides.

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    Pedal can feel like it tightened if you hurt your ankle and didn't realize it...

    I feel like my SPDs all need occasional lube and tension adjustment, just the way the world turns.

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    I once has a very small pebble... and mean very small but enough to lodge into the jaw of the pedal. The only thing I could think of, I must of picked it up when putting my foot down at a stop light. It attached it self to my cleat and when I clipped in, it came loose from cleat and lodged into the pedal... I-dun-know.

    But at the next stop it was very hard to clip-out/swing my foot out from the pedal. Rode the rest of my ride clipping-out with the other foot. When I got home I removed the pedal played around with it until found the pebble. Removed it with a small flat-head screwdriver, everything was back to normal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jetdog9 View Post
    I feel like my SPDs all need occasional lube and tension adjustment, just the way the world turns.
    Really? I have never had to adjust my SPD pedals in thousands of miles.

    I vote for a foreign object or a burr.
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    You've gotten older and your age is starting to show itself in your ability to do things that used to be easy. This loss of abilities is happening in a greatly accelerated manor and it ain't gonna get any easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    Really? I have never had to adjust my SPD pedals in thousands of miles.

    I vote for a foreign object or a burr.
    I'll get down there and take a peek.

    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    You've gotten older and your age is starting to show itself in your ability to do things that used to be easy. This loss of abilities is happening in a greatly accelerated manor and it ain't gonna get any easier.

    Sorry to be the one to break the news.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_fuji View Post
    Sure beats the alternative! If I stop getting older, something's gone terribly wrong.
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