Cleat bolt won't tighten


Senior Member
I recently started using spd cleats and one of the bolts doesn't tighten/screw in as far as the other on the same shoe. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, what did you do? Do I just need to get a new bolt?

Just to be clear - it tightens a bit and is probably not too dangerous, but obviously I'm a little concerned about the cleat coming off mid-cycle...


Ride It Like You Stole It!
South Manchester
Swap the bolt and plate if you can - bolt as a bear minimum and make sure the thread is clean. Both bolts need to be tight.


Legendary Member
Both bolts need to be tightened "eff-off" tight, which is an old English engineering term. Less than that and you will be in trouble sooner rather than later.


Senior Member
Thanks for the advice everyone, next time I'll fiddle some more before posting a thread as it was the bolt plate inside the shoe that was the problem. Turned it around and both bolts screw in fine now. I bet I still forget to unclip and fall off anyway
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