How to turn cute, unassuming, experienced shoes (my daughter’s) into hard core winter cross country spikes with unsurpassed traction.
Maybe you’ve fallen on the ice once too many times this winter already. Or you just want that extra confidence for passing people on the trails. Why not beef up those shoes with cheap cleats you can install yourself?
1) buy sheet metal or wood screws – #8 by 1/2″ X 10 per shoe – a box of 100 is less than $5. Oh yeah, don’t get the ones with the round heads, that might make it worse. You want the flat head screws.
2) experiment with a pattern or use mine: 4 in the heel and 6 up front
3) screw them most of the way in. (From the outside bottom, not from the inside!)
4) you’re done!
Run on them on a hard surface (not the hard wood floor) before the race to make sure the screws aren’t poking through (those can be tough lessons)
Really test ’em out: find a nice icy trail with some sharp corners and downhill. Go hard and hope for the best.
Now you’re ready to race winter cross country.
These may not be a complete replacement for spikes or Yak Trax or Katoola’s but they are a whole lot cheaper.
Have fun out there passing everyone else splayed out on the ice.