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Old Shimano Cleats

Old Shimano Cleats

Hi all.  I am new to BBC's forums.  I think I used to be a member of this club, PPTC and ABC, but I quit riding and the club memberships are ancient history.  Last time I was a member, there wasn't a WWW.

I dusted off my bike that has been sitting unused many years (since I got scaired of crashing) and have been riding it to the train station.  It is set up with SPDs.  I got some SPD shoes that are good for walking (Keen Shitake) and need to find a set of cleats for them.  Of course, now there are different models that take different cleats and I have not been able to find for sale the kind I need, SM-SH50.

The pedals are Shimano SPD model PD-A525.  If they were not the first Shimano SPDs, they were not long after the first.  I'm thinking that somebody must have a set of these cleats kicking around their parts box.  The cleats are stamped SM-SH50 on the bottom.  I'd be happy to buy a pair if anybody can come up with them.

Thanks,
Chip

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Re: Old Shimano Cleats

Chip,
I'm not aware of any changes to Shimano's cleat designs over the years, but it is certainly possible.
However, you can buy cheap SPD pedals for <$40. On the other hand the cleats alone are likely to run you at least $20.
So, you are probably better off just buying a new pedal set.

bobwag@gmail.com
4130 on 28's @ 15
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Re: Old Shimano Cleats

Thanks Bob. I did not realize pedals could be had so inexpensively. You are right about the cost of the cleats. $21 at Family Bike in Crofton. I bought the current version of Shimano MTB cleats that look much like my old ones. But they are ever so slightly different. They are a little beefed at the back catch and the pedal won't lock onto it.

For now, I moved the cleats off my old Nike shoes. I'd still like to be able to use those shoes, so I'd still like to find another set of cleats. Family Bike had only the MTB cleats and a current Shimano road cleat that looks nothing like my cleats.  I can't find mine for sale on the net either. So, I am still hoping a BBC forum reader might have a set to sell.

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Re: Old Shimano Cleats

Welcome back to cycling Chip,
I rode spd's for nearly 15 years & I found that nearly any relacement cleat that was an 'spd' would work.In fact, I recently switched to crank Bros. 'Candy' pedals & I think I'm still using my old 'spd' cleats? :-0

At any rate, I googled sm-sh50,  & discovered a compatibility  chart here

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/shimano.html#spd

I hope this helps, Carl

ps, Don't be "scairt" ! :-)

pps,I think i paid less than $30 for the "Candy" pedals online.

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Re: Old Shimano Cleats

Carl beat me to the Sheldon Brown link but read on….

Here’s a link to a spd cleat chart though it is a bit old.
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/shimano.html
Of course to use it you have to identify your pedal model as well.
I don’t know what cleat type you purchased locally.
It looks like SH-51’s are still available on line which I think replaced SH-50’s.
http://www.thefind.com/sports/browse-sh … h51-cleats
Or just call around and see what local bike shop has them.
(You might try the same shop if SH-51 is not what they sold you-exchange?)

Also, it is possible that part of the soles/lugs are hitting part of the pedal before the cleat can engage,
maybe aggravated by the cleat thickness.
If so you can try spacing the cleat slightly or grinding down part of the shoe.

Good luck

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