That was a quick 12 months. You can see all the articles I have written about the Speedplay pedals here.
That will give you an idea on the amount of use the pedals have had thus far. Certainly not a huge amount of kilometres compared to some, but probably a little above average. Close enough to 10,000kms as to not matter.
So, how do I find them? They are possibly the best investment I have made for my bike. I love them.
Just a reminder. These are the Light Action model, so not something racing guys are likely to want, but perfect for a chunky 45 year old with dodgy knees.
How have they held up?
Here is a shot of them new.
And 12 months and a lot of kilometres later.
So they have taken a bit of a kicking, but not too bad.
How about the cleats I hear the naysayers bleat. Well, just for you, a before and after.
And after being walked on for a while.
No longer pristine, I will agree, but still work perfectly well. Most of the time I am walking around I do use the cafe covers. They are holding up well.
So, why the love? They are easy to clip in and out of. Being double sided makes it a non issue even when having to clip in going up hill. If I am tired at the end of a ride, and I have done plenty of long rides with these pedals, there is no issue getting out like I had with SPD-SLs.
I will acknowledge that there is more maintenance involved. I reckon I have greased them about 10 times in the past 12 months. It is a 5 minute job. I spray the cleats with a Teflon based dry lube maybe every couple of weeks. Takes 10 seconds per shoe. So the argument that they are high maintenance is rubbish in my opinion.
Overall, I am very happy with them. I would recommend them to anyone looking to get cleats on their bike, especially first time users.