How to Extend Cleat Cycling Shoes

How to Extend Cleat Cycling Shoes
Cycling gear doesn't come cheap--and that goes for cleat cycling shoes, too. The avid cyclist should take good care of her shoes and her cleats, avoiding the necessity of having to purchase new ones often. Performing the proper maintenance involves applying a waterproofing conditioner to the shoes and a lubricant to the cleats and keeping the shoes clean.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Waterproofing conditioner
  • Waterproof socks
  • Spray bottle
  • Rag
  • Lubricant
  • Fan
Step 1
Outfit the non-cleat section of your shoe with a waterproofing conditioner. These come in both rub and spray forms. Aquaseal Stitch Guard and REI's Ultra Seal are both viable options and are applied to the shoes' exterior. As for your shoes' interior, always wear waterproof cycling socks, like SealSkinz or DeFeet brand. Keeping unwanted moisture out of the inner portions of your shoes is one sure way of extending their longevity.
Step 2
Pack a small spray bottle and a rag to travel with you on your ride. As dirt, mud or grime finds its way onto your shoes, a quick, very light spray and wipe will take care of the problem for now.
Step 3
Use a rag and some water to clean the shoes more thoroughly once you've finished your ride. If you tend to ride where mud and moisture are common, this is a must after every outing. Leftover grime can wear at the seams and stitching of your cycling shoes, decreasing their longevity over time.
Step 4
Treat the cleats with an effective lubricant, like Dupont Teflon Multi-Use. Be sure to spray the locks, too. The oil makes for smoother contact between the cleats and the pedals.
Step 5
Remove the insoles and set both your insoles and your shoes in front of a fan, the shoes with tongues out. This will allow your shoes to dry thoroughly--without relying on heat to do the job. This, too, will help preserve the shoes.
Step 6
Put your shoes away. This means no casual walking in your shoes when you aren't riding. Walking in your shoes during non-riding time will wear them out faster.

Tips & Warnings

When it comes to cycling shoes and cleats, one may wear out faster than the other. For example, when your cleats wear out, you need not purchase new shoes, too. Simply swap out your cleats and keep your old shoes until they are good and used.

Article Written By William Jackson

William Jackson has written, reported and edited professionally for more than 10 years. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, high-level government reports, books and online. He holds a master's degree in humanities from Pennsylvania State University.

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