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Old 01-22-08, 06:27 AM   #1
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Way to stop SPD scratching on concrete?

I just got some new SPD pedals and shoes, and I love the way they work. The only problem is that they make a horrid scratchy noise on concrete, which is likely to wake up my children when I leave the house in the morning, and I'm worried I'll damage our slate flooring, even though there is no noise on that.

Is there a way to stop this? The cleat does not stick out past the tread, but I'm 230lbs so with my weight, it squishes the rubber enough that the cleat makes contact with the ground as I walk.

Looking at the cleat, I can't see how I could adjust it. So are there any options? I thought of sticking some more stuff on the rubber to the sides of the cleats so the cleats are more recessed when I walk, but what? and how? I don't want it coming loose when I walk (or making a noise - that would defeat the purpose), and I don't want to damage my shoes.

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Old 01-22-08, 06:32 AM   #2
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Cleat Covers help, but don't eliminate the noise entirely, and they protect your cleats as well.
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If you're really concerned about it use something similar to these in the house or until you're ready to start cycling. I used to just walk around in socks and only put my cycling shoes on when I was finally ready to leave and only at the back door.

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I'm in the don't put them on until leaving the house camp. In my case, I carry them to the small staircase that leads from the house into the garage.
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I think I might do the socks thing. Unless it's raining that is. I've got to walk right past my sons' rooms (on concrete) when I leave, so it's not so good with the cleats as they are.

Are there cleat covers for SPD? I thought that was only for LOOK style cleats.
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I don't put on my SPD shoes until I'm in my basement, ready to ride.

Glad to hear you like the clipless pedals though. I ♥ mine!
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I think I might do the socks thing. Unless it's raining that is. I've got to walk right past my sons' rooms (on concrete) when I leave, so it's not so good with the cleats as they are.

Are there cleat covers for SPD? I thought that was only for LOOK style cleats.
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1. Don't put your shoes on until you get outside.

2. Don't worry about damaging your cleats. My spd cleats are 10 years old and have thousands of miles on them. They look like hell but they function just fine. If they ever go south, they're cheap to replace.
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I too am in the shoe on just before I leave, but at the same time, my shoes give me a lot of clearance. What kind of shoes are you using.
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Thanks guys. I'm in Shimano MT-41 shoes. I think for now I'll put them on just as I'm about to get on the bike, and just live with it when I'm out. It's reassuring to know that they will last even with the scraping.
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