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Old 04-22-08, 08:03 PM   #1
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SPD Scrape

Do everyone's SPD cleats scrape on the ground when they walk? I've been riding SPDs on my road bike for a few months now and want to get this straightened out before I put them on my fixed gear or mtb. Every step I take, I can feel the very back of the cleat scraping against the ground. It feels like the cleat is wearing away, as there seems to be a lot more front to back play in the pedal when I am pulling back at the bottom of the stroke. The shoes are Sidi Bullet 2's and the cleat is positioned just about all the way back in the tracks on the bottom of the shoe. It seems like this wouldn't happen if the cleat were a little further forward, but, after trying a few different places, the current position feels the best.

Is there an easy solution? An SPD cleat that won't have this problem? I haven't tried any other cleat/pedal system, but I'm open to trying another if it uses a more recessed cleat and isn't too expensive.
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Old 04-22-08, 08:26 PM   #2
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Do everyone's SPD cleats scrape on the ground when they walk? I've been riding SPDs on my road bike for a few months now and want to get this straightened out before I put them on my fixed gear or mtb. Every step I take, I can feel the very back of the cleat scraping against the ground. It feels like the cleat is wearing away, as there seems to be a lot more front to back play in the pedal when I am pulling back at the bottom of the stroke. The shoes are Sidi Bullet 2's and the cleat is positioned just about all the way back in the tracks on the bottom of the shoe. It seems like this wouldn't happen if the cleat were a little further forward, but, after trying a few different places, the current position feels the best.

Is there an easy solution? An SPD cleat that won't have this problem? I haven't tried any other cleat/pedal system, but I'm open to trying another if it uses a more recessed cleat and isn't too expensive.
A shoe with more tread?
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Old 04-22-08, 08:30 PM   #3
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+1^^

It's not just you, my eggbeater cleats scrape the ground. Usually a shoe will list a recessed cleat mount as one of its selling points. Do you walk a lot in your bike shoes? I guess I've just never really been bothered by it.
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Old 04-22-08, 08:38 PM   #4
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Mine do a little, but not much.
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My eggbeater cleats barely ever scrape, typically only when the ground is uneven or my footing puts the cleat right over an edge or ridge or something understandable. Love 'em.

This is totally an issue of cleat + shoe, if you get a shoe with different lugs it will affect how far the cleat is from the ground. That would be my first step before trying to replace pedals + cleats.
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clips 'n straps and i never have this problem.
sorry to be un-helpful.
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Old 04-23-08, 07:50 AM   #7
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SPD's make a metal grinding sound when you walk but you are not grinding the part that goes in and out of the pedal.

The library has ceramic/marble floors and SPD's make a terrible sound on them!! I always get looks there.

I use platforms now for around town stuff and clipless for distance riding.
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Mine make noise when I walk on concrete, but I don't here it scrap on anything else like black top and all kinds of flooring.
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Old 04-23-08, 04:41 PM   #9
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ya mine scrape but is way past my time to buy new shoes.. theyv gotten progresivly worse since i put them on my track bike walking around on concrete and all.
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Mine make noise when I walk on concrete, but I don't here it scrap on anything else like black top and all kinds of flooring.
This is what I've found too. Must be stepping on some concrete sand, or maybe concrete lets your shoes sink in a fraction of millimeter.

Crank Brothers cleats are a little better than SPD, since there's less area of the cleat that extends the full distance from the shoe. I would expect Time cleats to be about the same as CB.

If your cleats grind regularly on hard floors, be very careful you're not scratching the floor up.
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Old 04-23-08, 05:46 PM   #11
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i walk around in mine all the time. they are noisy and it sounds bad. i've worn 1 pair for a year now and nothing has ever happened as far as the cleats wearing down.
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I've had several pairs of Sidi Dominators over the last 12+ years or so... they all scraped slightly when walking over textured stone surfaces (with Shimano and Ritchey SPD cleats)... I wouldn't worry about it too much; perhaps you shouldn't walk around on hardwood floors in 'em though (in my experience the bolts did get worn down eventually, just drill out the bolts when you finally need to replace).
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Hmmm...I guess if everybody's cleats scrape, and nobody seems to have any issues related to it, then I guess I'm ok. I'll stick with them.
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Old 04-23-08, 10:37 PM   #14
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Hmmm...I guess if everybody's cleats scrape, and nobody seems to have any issues related to it, then I guess I'm ok. I'll stick with them.
exactly, don't sweat it.
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the retention part is actually on the underside of the cleat.
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I have a pair of Sidi dominators with SPD cleats that scrape the ground. Annoying as hell.

But I only use those for races. When I'm walking around Ill use my Lake shoes. I took them to a cobbler and he added some material around the cleat so it doesnt strike the ground at all.
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I took them to a cobbler and he added some material around the cleat so it doesnt strike the ground at all.
I've always wondered if those guys would work on cycling shoes. Good to know that some will.
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