The Look Keo Memory Eyelet and Tab are clever solutions by Look that many people may not be aware of. Like most people, we rarely read the instruction manuals that come with products unless we really get stumped. Recently we got stumped with when an unlabeled bag with two unmarked screws came with a new pair of FLR F-11 cycling shoes. Although there was no instruction manual with the shoes to reference, through some trial and error it became clear the screws threaded into the center ‘fourth’ hole on the sole of the shoes. After some internet sleuthing, it became clear that we weren’t the only cyclists that hadn’t realized what the purpose for the fourth hole was.
The mysterious fourth hole between the standard 3-hole is referred to as the Look Memory Eyelet and is designed to allow cleat replacements without losing the previous cleat position. The Look Memory Tab (a small plastic tab) portion of the Look Keo cleat is secured onto the Look Memory Eyelet with the supplied screws with the cycling shoes. The Look Memory Tab snaps onto the Keo cleat allowing you to remove the cleat and install a new cleat without removing the Memory Tab. Installing a new Keo cleat is as simple as snapping it in place and installing the new hardware. No sharpie or tape needed to mark the previous position!
There are two use cases when using the Look Memory Tab/Eyelet: (a) installing them on a brand new shoe or for the first time and (b) replacing a worn cleat that previously used the Memory tab. So here are instructions on how to use the Memory Eyelet.
CASE 1: FIRST TIME INSTALLATION / NEW SHOE
In this case, you either have a new shoe or are using the Look Memory Tab/Eyelet for the first time. The following steps summarize the process:
- Remove Look Memory Tab/Rubber Cover: Take new cleat and push down on center rubber tab to pop both the Memory Tab and the rubber cover off.
- Re-attach Memory Tab: Snap the Memory Tab back in place ensuring the smooth surface is facing downward toward the shoe.
- Position Cleat On Shoe: Find the optimal location for the cleat on the shoe.
- Adjust Look Memory Eyelet: Ensure the Memory Eyelet is visible through the center of the cleat. On a new shoe there may be some resistance to moving the eyelet, but it is designed to move along the slot.
- Secure Look Memory Tab To Look Memory Eyelet: Use the provided 5mm screw to secure the Look Memory Tab to the Look Memory Eyelet while maintaining the cleat position.
- Attach Cleat To Shoe: Using the 3x washers/screws that came with the Look Keo cleats, secure the cleat to the shoe.
- Re-attach Cleat Rubber Cover: Slide the rubber cover back onto the center of the cleat. The rubber piece is flexible, so a little persuasion will pop it back in place. Now the next time you replace your cleat, you’ll get to reap the benefits.
CASE 2: CLEAT REPLACEMENT
In this case, you are replacing your Look Keo cleats and the old cleats have the Look Memory Tab already attached to the Look Memory Eyelet. These instructions are nearly identical to a standard cleat install, except you have to remove the Memory Tab from the new cleat. The following steps summarize the process:
- Remove Look Memory Tab/Rubber Cover: Take new clean and push down on center rubber tab to pop both the Memory Tab and the rubber cover off.
- Remove Old Cleat: Remove the 3x washers/screws to detach the old cleat. Note, the memory tab will remain in place and detach from the old cleat.
- Attach New Cleat: Position the new cleat on top of the Look Memory Tab until you hear a ‘click’ then attach the cleat to the shoe using the new screws/washers.
- Re-attach Cleat Rubber Cover: Slide the rubber cover back onto the center of the cleat. The rubber piece is flexible so a little persuasion will pop it back in place.
If done properly, there are no adjustments or second guessing needed to install the new cleat. It will retain the exact position of your previous cleat without any hassle.
Note: Both cases above assume you still have the 5mm screw that came with your shoe to attach the Look Memory Tab to the Look Memory Eyelet. If you’ve lost it, your shoe manufacturer or local bike shop may be able to help find a replacement.
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