How to Put in Track Spikes

How to Put in Track Spikes
Competitive runners, from sprinters to long-distance athletes, use running spikes to improve their performance. This footwear is lightweight and features plastic or metal spikes to improve traction. The spikes are almost always replaceable and should be changed whenever they become worn down. It takes just a few minutes to replace an entire set of spikes on a shoe.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Spike key or pliers
  • Spike key or pliers
Step 1
Clean any dirt or mud off the spikes with a wet rag to get the best grip.
Step 2
Remove the old track spikes, if any, using the spike key that came with your shoes. If you lost your key, you can purchase one from a running store or use pliers.
Step 3
Place new spikes in the holes (middle distance track spikes work best for most events) and screw them in with your hand. Then use the spike key to screw in all the way and tighten.
Step 4
Check your spikes after every use for loose or missing spikes. Tighten using your spike key.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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