Over a year ago, I purchased a random box filled with bike parts - from old Campy Super Record and Record deraileurs to a brand new Sachs 6 speed freewheel. Digging deeper in the box I found a few other gems - one being a pair of 1970's vintage Detto Cycling shoes, that happened to be a size 46, my size.
For the last year, most of these parts have sat reorganized in my parts bin. Until last week when I got an idea. Could I modernize the shoes to work with a Crank Brothers cleat?
So began this project. Armed with a dremel, a few files, new cleats, some parts from a few other cycling shoes, shoe cleaner and polish. I began cleaning and taking these shoes apart. A few hours later, success!
How well will they work?
How long will they last?
The rest of the shoe is in good shape. I'm confident that everything will hold, the only variable I don't know about is the sole of the shoe itself - specifically the interface between cleat and sole due to having to remove some of the sole to accommodate the cleat. I definitely won't be using these on Red (the fixie) any time soon but either way it's been a fun project.
Just need to find some red shoelaces now.