[CR]Trying to understand shoe cleats for vintage shoes.

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Date: Mon, 3 May 2004 21:38:15 -0700 (PDT)
From: dan kasha <dankasha@yahoo.com>
To: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Trying to understand shoe cleats for vintage shoes.

I am not really old enough to have much experience with cleats on shoes. I used toe clips for a few years (bland neonish plastic shoes with pastic cleats), but recently have gotten a hold of some nice vintage shoes that I am using. Here are the questions, thanks in advance for answering these.

1) I have a pair of shoes with leather soles and no cleats. Were the cleats a standard shape back then? Is there a source for these style cleats today (and nails)? And finally, what was the technique to attach them? The shoes I have are Detto Pietro with leather soles, air holes and 4 large rivets visible in the sole.

2) I have another couple of pairs with plastic cleats that are attached with screws (one marresi, one diadora). The cleats seem specific to those shoes. I suspect that the cleats will wear out well before the shoes do. Was this the case? Were spare cleats easy to get? What does one do today?

And any other help is welcome of course.

Thanks in advance, Dan Kasha SLC utah

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