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I just bought a pair of Shimano road shoes.  In the box are two bits of paper that I'm meant to stick under the insole of each sole in the area that supports the cleats.  Just curious - what are they for?

 

David

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mike the bike [1096 posts] 8 months ago
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I always assumed it had magical powers and prevented the, "Oh crap, I'm still clipped in" moments.

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Canyon48 [1054 posts] 8 months ago
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It's to stop cold air and rubbish from the road getting into the inside of your shoe.

They aren't essential but they really help keep your shoes clean (otherwise the sold fills up with grit) when it's muddy.

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Grahamd [975 posts] 8 months ago
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I must have been a bit keen when I opened mine as I never noticed this and no longer have the box. 

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gunswick [132 posts] 8 months ago
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They are tape patches to stop water coming in through the cleat holes. I use electrical tape instead laid down in like 4 strips. This needs replaced every five thousand KM's as it waears out, or if I hand wash my shoes.

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cyclesteffer [346 posts] 8 months ago
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They are pretty crap. Gaffa tape sticks better.