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  • How to stop SPDs icing up in snow?
  • chrispo
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    Enjoyed riding in the snow today except my SPDs kept clogging with ice and I couldn’t clip back in. Any way of dealing with this (apart from bunnyhopping snowdrifts and gates to avoid getting off the bike)?

    parkesie
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    I find good spray of gt85 stops them icing for a good while but eventually its just stamp in and out a few times.

    wysiwyg
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    dont ride in snow?…

    Premier Icon nuke
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    Doubt there’s anything you can do pre-ride that would stop it. Had similar riding experience today…I just stamped the pedal a couple of times before clipping in which seem to clear the cleat and pedal enough

    Premier Icon Simon
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    Ditch the SPDs and switch to Time.

    Premier Icon P20
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    I use times, but put the flats on for riding in the snow

    Flat pedals and wellies

    I always cover them in wd40 or something.
    Doubt it makes much difference, but it’s the thought that counts.

    eyerideit
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    GT85 should work or you could try silicone spray.

    Premier Icon igm
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    Simon is right. The answer is to find some Times.

    silicone spray. or wee. at regular intervals

    Has anyone tried a nice coating of vaseline? I might give it a try tomorrow. It works fine in my imagination.

    Premier Icon Trimix
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    Just poke it out with a stick – I went out for a few hours and had to do this once or twice. I really dont see it as a problem, takes a min to do mid ride, only if you unclip of course. Had I not fallen off in the woods several times I would not have needed to do it.

    So dont unclip !

    chrispo
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    wee. at regular intervals

    Aim and frostbite might have been an issue in the Arctic gale I was riding in…

    asterix
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    Just stay clipped in from. The start

    mikewsmith
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    Mallets or candies

    Premier Icon simondbarnes
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    Take a lighter with you and you can melt the ice if it properly clogs up ๐Ÿ™‚

    jonba
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    Mallets or candies

    just hope the body doesn’t fall of the spindle.

    You could try a thin layer of grease, vaseline or similar. Maybe heat some grease gently and brush on to get a nice thin film.

    giantx4
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    THE FLAMER WINS IT!!

    zerocool
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    Ride flats for the weekend

    mikewsmith
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    Mallets or candies
    just hope the body doesn’t fall of the spindle.

    Never had that on 8 sets of them. The newer versions are better too.
    (6 of the 8 still in use) perfect in snow, mud and everything else.

    bigyinn
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    No problems this evening with my spd’s this evening. A good clatter soon shifts most of the compacted snow.

    ransos
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    Solved the problem by not stopping or falling off.

    Times

    Premier Icon cookeaa
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    Has anyone tried a nice coating of vaseline? I might give it a try tomorrow. It works fine in my imagination.

    Good suggestion for pedals, but just how does your imagination get clogged with snow, better yet how do you apply vaseline to it?

    duirdh
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    Don’t unclip?

    SPDs sound like an equipment upgrade towering above your level of skill

    ppolski
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    Eggbeaters. Excellent in icy conditions. No build up, unlike spds.

    Premier Icon Del
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    Mallets or candies
    just hope the body doesn’t fall of the spindle.
    Never had that on 8 sets of them. The newer versions are better too.
    (6 of the 8 still in use) perfect in snow, mud and everything else.

    then just hope you don’t break a spindle in half either.. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    ss candys FWIW. put a hole in the side of my formerly waterproof and fairly new shimano boot, too. ๐Ÿ˜•

    z1ppy
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    Times are very good but are still defeated by compacted ice on a freezing ride, hugely better than old style shimano SPD’s, can’t see the new ones being that much better but no experience to be fair. If you can get a good pair of eggbeaters (rare as hens teeth) they work even better, as the frozen ice can be pushed through the cage, at least thats my interpretation of why a m8’s pedals work better than mine (in the snow & when there not in bits)

    Premier Icon Robz
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    Kick/stamp/flick the pedal hard.

    Premier Icon cp
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    Just stamp shoes against pedal a few times and all the ice drops off. Never had a problem with it…

    Premier Icon JoeG
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    Spray non-stick cooking spray on the cleat and pedal.

    Can of de-icer, lock sized, is small enough to carry around. Not exactly environmentally friendly, but works a treat. A pre-spray of cleats and pedals before setting off works well too.

    globalti
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    Dig out those old bear traps for snow rides, that’s what I do.

    langylad
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    Went around Gisburn on tuesday and my friend’s front mech froze. I offered to have a wee on it but he declined. Would work just as well for spd’s. ๐Ÿ™‚

    FunkyDunc
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    Don’t clip out so often!

    Should have read this before I went out. Just had 2 hours of fun in the snow but nightmare trying to keep the spd’s fee. As others said, don’t put your foot down but easier said that done at the moment! I gave up after an hours or so and was thankful that I am riding trails spd’s at the moment. I have been struggling to get in with in normal conditions but today they were a blessing!

    andyl
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    Just been out and had this very problem. Tried a stick and spraying my camelback water on them and then just resorted to stamping on them but did think wish I had some vodka in my camelbak (or water bottle if you want to stay sober) to give them a quirt with would be handy.

    chrispo
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    – Tried GT40, lovely and smooth to begin with but soon didn’t work
    – Tried clipping out less often and being less unskilled at bunnyhopping gates and fallen trees but failed miserably, presumably due to being soft and not going out on a unicycle
    – Tried stamping and kicking a lot (and I mean a lot) and it worked for a while
    – Having a screwdriver or other pokey thing in a readily accessible front pocket worked best for me

    Not usually a flats rider but if i do ride again like yesterday,

    11 miles in 3 hours. I’ll be on flats and waterproof hiking boots.

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