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How to Install Cleats Onto Pearl Izumi Shoes

Installing SPD Cleats

    Step 1

    Align the metal cleat over the bolt holes in the two long slits on the sole of the shoe.

    Step 2

    Place the bracket into the top of the cleat with the beveling facing upward.

    Step 3

    Insert the screw bolts through the bracket and into the bolt holes.

    Step 4

    Use a 4-mm hex key to screw in the bolts, but do not tighten them down yet.

    Step 5

    Adjust the cleats to your desired alignment. The cleats will shift up and down, as well as left and right.

    Step 6

    Tighten the bolts in place once the cleat is seated as desired. Tighten each bolt three or four turns, and then switch to the other bolt to ensure that the cleat does not shift and both bolts are tightened equally.

Installing Look Cleats

    Step 1

    Align the metal cleat over the bolt holes.

    Step 2

    Lay a washer in each of the three cleat holes.

    Step 3

    Insert the screws into the bolt holes through the cleat.

    Step 4

    Use a Philips head screwdriver to tighten the screws, but do not tighten them down yet.

    Step 5

    Adjust the cleats to your desired alignment. The cleats only shift up or down. They do not have a right and left adjustment.

    Step 6

    Tighten the screws in place once the cleat is seated as desired. Tighten each screw three or four turns, and then switch to the next screw to ensure that the cleat does not shift and screws are tightened equally.

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Things Needed

  • SPD cleats
  • 4-mm hex key
  • Look cleats
  • Philips head screwdriver

About the Author

Transplanted Yankee Erin Watson-Price lives in Birmingham, Ala., and has been writing freelance articles since 1997. She worked as writer/co-editor for Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue's newsletter, "The Long and the Short of It." In 2007 she obtained a certification as a copy editor. Watson-Price holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

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