How to Get Track Spikes That Are Stuck Out

By Matthew Bettinazzi

Almost all track athletes and coaches can attest to the advantage track spikes give competitors when racing. The removable spikes can be easily dulled, and that advantage nullified, by a few steps taken on concrete, asphalt or any rough terrain. Often, however, the removable spikes become stuck due to prolonged use, the grit that tends to work itself into the thread of the spikes or the spike wrench that comes with the footwear strips the spike, as a screwdriver can with stuck screw.

Apply the vice-grip pliers to the two flat surfaces already etched into the sides of the track spike so that the pliers are gripped firmly and will not slip.

Turn the tightly applied pliers slowly to the left until the spike is loose enough to use your fingers to completely remove the spike.

Repeat steps one and two for every stuck spike.

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About the Author

Matthew Bettinazzi is a history teacher and started writing online professionally in 2011. Originally from Ohio, Bettinazzi currently resides in Chicago and has been teaching and implementing writing in his history courses for over five years. He has his B.A. in history from Washington & Jefferson College and a Master of Arts in teaching from the University of Pittsburgh.

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