How To Repair Your Damaged Cycling Shoes | Maintenance Monday

How To Repair Your Damaged Cycling Shoes | Maintenance Monday

If you’re in a crash, or your cycling shoes are looking a little bit tired, it can be easy to just throw them away and buy replacements. But wait, it doesn’t have to be like this! Alex shows you how you can repair the damage, and keep you shoes looking fresh for many rides to come!

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Chapters:
0:00 – Intro
0:22 – What You’ll Need
1:18 – Replacing BOA Dials
2:09 – Prepping The Shoe
3:25 – Using Epoxy
5:18 – Sanding
7:48 – Finishing

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48 Comments

  1. Matt Kavanaugh on January 10, 2023 at 2:20 am

    I vote NO on painting shoes… would look terrible I fear!

  2. ffskier dune on January 10, 2023 at 2:20 am

    Alex, You should have sanded the shoe surface before applying the epoxy. Better adhesion and smoother surface.

  3. Basil Clay on January 10, 2023 at 2:21 am

    My Sidi shoes are scuffed to bits, don’t bother me at all.

  4. Ebike Scrapper on January 10, 2023 at 2:22 am

    Wear gloves and mask when doing this, both the over priced disk brake cleaner and glue fumes are not good for your lungs and keeps hands clean. GCN, should know better

  5. End Censorship on January 10, 2023 at 2:22 am

    “The damage is to my soul”
    I hear ya, brother. Cycling will do that.

  6. leonbroekx on January 10, 2023 at 2:24 am

    I would like to see the repair of the topside of a shoe. Preferably the white ones suchs as shown at 1:00.

  7. Chris Capoccia on January 10, 2023 at 2:24 am

    lol… looks like something out of hacks & bodges

  8. Christian Schneider on January 10, 2023 at 2:26 am

    Thanks for the instructions Alex. I ruined my carbon sole MTB shoes this summer on an incredibly rocky bit where I had to push. Maybe I can make them look a bit better with this.

  9. Presta chuck on January 10, 2023 at 2:26 am

    I slipped while walking up some concrete steps and tore the “non-replaceable” rubber bit off the toe of one of my Giro ProLite2s. I repaired it myself, documented it with photos, and submitted it to Hack or Bodge thinking it turned out to work so well that there is no possible way the tech show would overlook my shoe repair hack! Eh…didn’t make the cut I guess, but overwhelmingly voted a Hack by app users! So at least I have that going for me…which is nice.😊

  10. Kuri on January 10, 2023 at 2:27 am

    I think I would keep the battle scar as is…

  11. Alex Thepalex on January 10, 2023 at 2:27 am

    You lost me at 2 part epoxy…

  12. 2WheelAspie on January 10, 2023 at 2:28 am

    I replaced the rachet and strap on pair of Bonts after an off near the Manchester velodrome (on tram lines). It was very easy to do, but the spare parts are stupidly expensive to source for what they are. Little itsy bitsy bits of plastic costing best part of £50. Cheaper almost to buy a new pair of shoes in some instances I would think… Incidentally, I also used the Gorilla epoxy on the sole of the bonts, and it worked well, but I’m not sure how long it will last.

  13. Howard Clegg on January 10, 2023 at 2:30 am

    I usually love your maintenance Mondays but I feel this was pointless, it would have been better to have shown how to fix the boa laces in more detail as that’s more likely to affect more people than a little scuff to the sole

  14. overcook it on January 10, 2023 at 2:30 am

    In case it is sufficient to use epoxy/2-components-glue, you should use Uhu plus. It is the only epoxy-glue I know that first becomes liquid like paint when it is heated, before it gets hard. You have to mix both components properly on e.g. the top plate of a empty can of peas or beans, and put it on the toaster (where you can refresh bread rolls). Just wait until the colour turns from ivory to nearly clear with small bubbles in, and then quickly apply it like a colour with either an old, but clean brush, or a new, cheap one (be sure it is not that cheap it loses hairs while painting or so), as you can use it just once (sometimes it worked to clean the brush immediately with a tissue paper and nitro thinner). The last time I used that technique was when I glued a holder for a left-sided down-tube carbon-shifter in a Giant CFR Expert series-frame (which only had the eyelets for the outer cases for shifting cables at the steering tube of the frame). By heating the glue, you also prevent it from staying sticky.

  15. Stuart Dryer on January 10, 2023 at 2:32 am

    My shoes make a creaking noise. The cleats are very tight and I had used blue locktite. Anyone have a suggestion?

  16. Rod Diaz on January 10, 2023 at 2:32 am

    Repaired my cyclocross shoes several times – those take a real beating.

    In my opinion, unless things are structural Shoe Goo is better than epoxy. Epoxy or industrial cement is better for parts that need to be attached or structural segments. I’ve ripped boa dials and done some serious damage to the shoes. Most of the time it’s worth fixing, especially for off-road shoes that will probably just get smashed again.

    There are some carbon repair kits too. May be worth it for carbon soles. Similar epoxy, but also has some carbon cloth to reinforce the joint. No idea if that’s good enough for these repairs.

  17. J G on January 10, 2023 at 2:33 am

    Yes, please help. How to repair heal pads when no replacements are available? No pads seem to be universal or fit between various shoe brands. Any hacks? Ideas?

  18. Bill Kallas on January 10, 2023 at 2:33 am

    I never repair shoe damage from my crashes. I consider the scuffs a badge of honor.

  19. Djuntas on January 10, 2023 at 2:34 am

    Hello GCN or others, if you break the plastic round-tightening bit, like break it completely off, is that even repairable?

  20. NefastusJones on January 10, 2023 at 2:35 am

    Paint the soles of your shoes gold. Or pink. You could carry off pink.

  21. Stuart Sampson on January 10, 2023 at 2:37 am

    Also, if you break the Boas, Boa offer a lifetime warranty. Used it a few times. Great service.

  22. Sonny Darvish on January 10, 2023 at 2:40 am

    Accept the scratches as aero dimples and move on!
    Also: Adding epoxy = adding grams 😱

  23. courtney Watters on January 10, 2023 at 2:46 am

    I say go for the paint! I have been toying with the idea of sprucing up my old shoes with a splash of custom paint. Maybe Celeste to match my Bianchi! Lol

  24. Aaron Ng on January 10, 2023 at 2:48 am

    Can worn out cyclin bibs or jersey be repaired or repurposed?

  25. David “Sparky” Wood on January 10, 2023 at 2:49 am

    Have you ever tried leaving you nuts in vinegar after to clean them off? Works wonders. I even tired it on my indoor bike nuts after smashing it for a while. Cleans of mud corrosion, you’ll be left smiling and satisfied like never before.

  26. Wooly Chewbakker on January 10, 2023 at 2:49 am

    What do you do when the ratchet stops working and just spins around without tightening the lace?

  27. Yuzu on January 10, 2023 at 2:51 am

    Would be cool to see you paint this, fluoro sounds like it could go with the orange bits on your shoe too

  28. Michael Joseph on January 10, 2023 at 2:51 am

    If your soles or sole edges are carbon fibre take care when sanding. Carbon fibre is a nanoparticles and should not be inhaled. Best to wear a face mask and clear up dust with a damp cloth. Some shoes do not have carbon soles or reduce the stiff carbon plate to the central area. You can usually see the weave.

  29. Peter Parahuz on January 10, 2023 at 2:54 am

    an SPD cleat was a little loose on my triathlon shoe, and as i was unclipping, it rotated and made a trench in the plastic soul with the little teeth. now, the teeth cannot get a proper grip on the soul, so no matter how hard i tighten the cleat, when i try to unclip from the pedal, the cleat just rotates around the shoe. has anyone fixed such a problem? maybe if i use the epoxy to fill in the grove in the soul, the cleat teeth will have more plastic to grip, and the cleat will stay in place.

  30. Mr. Luigi on January 10, 2023 at 2:57 am

    The OCD in me could not have stopped sanding with so little more to do before you obtained a super smooth, super devine repair. Also, there are car plastic/vinyl/rubber/etc. rejuvenation products that give these surfaces a super black, long lasting finish. Especially the ceramic based products. Applying these to your shoes as a last step would have left you with a repair Michelangelo would have admired! Nevertheless, nice job!

  31. Hybridblood on January 10, 2023 at 2:57 am

    Buy a new one

  32. HardCorps88 Marine on January 10, 2023 at 2:59 am

    Yes do the paint!

  33. restart426 on January 10, 2023 at 3:00 am

    I clicked on this in hopes I can repair the cleat inserts on my 4 pairs of bike shoes that are now relegated to normal shoes.. maybe an idea for the next segment?

  34. Stephen Browning on January 10, 2023 at 3:00 am

    I’d need an in-depth video on how to redo my boa dials 👍

  35. Matt™ on January 10, 2023 at 3:01 am

    Thank you for not showing the finished product.

  36. Shep Shape on January 10, 2023 at 3:02 am

    Pro tip: If your shoes are scratched/scraped up, Angelus makes acrylic paint that will have them looking new in no time. They have so many different color paints, and they also sell clear so you can put a shiny finish on them after you paint them if that’s what you’re going for. And the paint is pretty cheap for what it will do for your shoes. Just go to the local big box store and get some model paint brushes, take your time, do several coats, and your shoes will look like new!

  37. Lasse Egholm on January 10, 2023 at 3:02 am

    My mate had the lower sole falling off the mid-sole. Half way on a long ride, we tied it together with some chopped up tube, and finished the ride no problem 😊 👌

  38. James Lee-Pevenhull on January 10, 2023 at 3:03 am

    Why are you removing ‘Experience Patina’?

  39. Only True Falcon on January 10, 2023 at 3:03 am

    I’ve replaced the Boa S2-S dials and my 6 year old S–Works 6 shoes a couple of times. They start to slip after a while; I think the little teeth inside wear down. They come free and ready to install – no cable to install and tie. Quick and easy.

  40. Thomas Clougher on January 10, 2023 at 3:05 am

    As much as I’d love to see you do a custom painted shoe (maybe a mini series on how to customise your kit, bike frame, other details?), I think painting a dark colour sole to a bright colour would soon look worse as the paint chips in use and the black colour shows through. A satin or gloss black sole would be good though. Maybe even hydrodip it!

  41. Bikey McBeardface on January 10, 2023 at 3:08 am

    I wonder what the guys over at GMBN think about that -scuff- ……sorry "damage" 🤣

  42. ikabod on January 10, 2023 at 3:09 am

    Maybe color match that orange strip..

  43. Tim Taylor on January 10, 2023 at 3:12 am

    maybe couldve added carbon fiber it would be easier to sand and possibly blend in better

  44. Cheddy on January 10, 2023 at 3:13 am

    You should paint the soles the same colour as the GCN Xmas socks 😉

  45. Specialeyes on January 10, 2023 at 3:13 am

    As far as colors for the sole of your shoe, I think Lime Blue would be spot on!

  46. David Stakes on January 10, 2023 at 3:15 am

    I fixed my Boas from a crash, yes fiddly. And Boa provided replacements Free of charge. They have Lifetime warranty. And sent replacements via UPS free of charge.

  47. Kris Dolorosa on January 10, 2023 at 3:16 am

    repaired mine without spending anything.. remember BOA has its own warranty separate from the shoes manufacturer.. If you damaged a boa dial they will send you a free matching pair (of dials) on warranty

  48. SavagePro on January 10, 2023 at 3:16 am

    You must not repair battle scars

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