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    Will bike cleats mark laminate floors?

    I am replacing the carpet in my living room and hallway because constantly going in and out with my bike has left the light colored carpet quite stained and dingy. I am considering replacing with laminate but wanted to know if walking on the laminate floor with cycling cleats on a regular basis will damage it. I am looking at a fairly dark (cherry finish) floor so staining hopefully wont be a problem anymore. I figure there are bound to be at least a few people on here who can help, any input or experience is appreciated!

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    These are road cleats or recessed cleats?

    I'd assume the road cleats (uncovered) would damage a laminate floor.

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    Mountainbike/casual shoes w/ recessed cleats should be ok.
    If you have 3/4 bolt cleats that stick out, some of them you
    can buy a cover that goes on when walking.

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    Yes, even SPDs if they stick out at at all. We have a deck outside the door and I put mine on on outside.

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    If you hear your cleats when you walk on the sidewalk, you already know the answer.

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    Laminate should be great for the bike but the cleats could be a problem.
    The SPD cleats on my mountain-style shoes do barely touch hard-surfaced flooring. If the cleats are rough-surfaced or have grit on them, could mark the floor.
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    If you're using mountain-style shoes buy a pair of old fashioned rubber booties and slip those on. (over your shoes, that is)
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    If you hear your cleats on whatever surface you're walking on, it just means you're really cool. What you need to do is repeatedly stomp on any surface with the intent to cause damage. For granite countertops, etc. you need to remove your shoes and slam them as hard as possible while gripping the heels by hand. Imagine you're trying to kill mosquitoes vectoring yellow fever.

    If damage results, you have your answer. Simple test. BTW - don't wear regular tennis shoes for any riding, period. The cleats let people know that you're a serious cyclist.
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    I have hardwood floors are use cleat covers. Saves the floor and the cleats.
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    Scratch a laminate floor and you may have to replace the whole panel. If the panel is in the middle of the room It could get expensive. They are tough but not repairable.
    They have to remove the finish moulding and all the panels between the wall and the damaged paneling to get at it.
    Best bet is to go elsewhere and deal with the cleats.

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    Scratch a laminate floor and you may have to replace the whole panel. If the panel is in the middle of the room It could get expensive. They are tough but not repairable.
    They have to remove the finish moulding and all the panels between the wall and the damaged paneling to get at it.
    Best bet is to go elsewhere and deal with the cleats.
    That's just part of it. You could go to a machine shop and have them cut special blocks of rubber to mount over your cleats so you can slip them on when needed. You can even have them match the color of your chamois!

    I repeat: Resist the urge to just wear regular shoes with flat pedals. If you try to make cycling practical, you're probably going to die poor and alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onefatfrog View Post
    I am replacing the carpet in my living room and hallway because constantly going in and out with my bike has left the light colored carpet quite stained and dingy. I am considering replacing with laminate but wanted to know if walking on the laminate floor with cycling cleats on a regular basis will damage it. I am looking at a fairly dark (cherry finish) floor so staining hopefully wont be a problem anymore. I figure there are bound to be at least a few people on here who can help, any input or experience is appreciated!
    Unbelievable that anyone would ask a question like this!

    The answer is......TAKE YOUR DAMN SHOES OFF IN THE HOUSE DUDE!!

    LIKE THAT WAS SO FRICKING HARD TO FIGURE OUT!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
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    I first read that as "medicate", but that would still apply
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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    Nightshade forgot to meditate this morning.
    Quote Originally Posted by cyclist2000 View Post
    I first read that as "medicate", but that would still apply
    Have your fun fella's but I was not wrong in what I said...............
    My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
    I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

    Originally Posted by krazygluon
    Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

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    I have hardwood (red oak) floors. I use the Look Keos with the "grips" and have no issues.

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    I am surprised that people with hardwood floors actually walk in their house with any kind of cleat type bike shoes.

    When I walk into a Starbucks, its tile or something like that. Also, commercial grade laminates are different than residential.

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    It's best if you can keep a pair of Crocs by the door and get out of the bike shoes when you come inside.
    I do wear my SPD bike sandals (recesssed cleat) and walk on my brand-new $$$$ hardwood floors and porcelain tile floors.
    And I roll my bike across them too, but not with the bike dripping wet.
    I'm not doing any pirouettes or fancy maneuvers, just a slow purposeful walk.
    Normally I don't hear the cleats when walking unless I'm on textured concrete so there is some contact going on.

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    I am afraid you will damage the laminate floor. I would suggest you to have a carpet or jute rugs instead as replacing a carpet would be much better and affordable than replacing the entire laminate floor. You can clean or vacuum the carpet once a week.
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    I'd just clean the carpet and from now on take off my shoes at the door and carry the bike through the house. Alternatively, you can put a couple mm thick of Goop on your soles, on each side of the cleat, to give a bit of extra clearance and prevent wearing the sole to cleat level. This assumes you have mtn/touring shoes with recessed cleats.

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    buy some cleat covers
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    Quote Originally Posted by onefatfrog View Post
    I am replacing the carpet in my living room and hallway because constantly going in and out with my bike has left the light colored carpet quite stained and dingy. I am considering replacing with laminate but wanted to know if walking on the laminate floor with cycling cleats on a regular basis will damage it. I am looking at a fairly dark (cherry finish) floor so staining hopefully wont be a problem anymore. I figure there are bound to be at least a few people on here who can help, any input or experience is appreciated!
    Why not put "astro-turf" in your hallway for safe traction underfoot with cleats. Astro-turf is designed to deal with cleats so it will wear very well.

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    I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

    Originally Posted by krazygluon
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    Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

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    I rent, this time the floor is printed pictures of wood, panels.

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