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What to do about MTB cleats that scrape on the ground when you walk?

Old 03-23-16, 12:36 AM
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What to do about MTB cleats that scrape on the ground when you walk?

I thought MTB cleats would be good for walking, like going to the shop, or out to eat. But on cement they scratch and grind, and I don't want to break anyone's tiles or scratch their floor. Are they any solutions that don't involve carrying around an extra pair of shoes everywhere (like a DIY cover)? I've seen some MTB cleat covers online, but reviews have been terrible.
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Old 03-23-16, 04:03 AM
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Either try a set of Shimano cleat adapters (road shoes I'm assuming?) of an mtb shoe with deep tread. Either way, I woulldn't walk on anyone's nice floors, even in my plastic-cleated road shoes.
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Old 03-23-16, 07:16 AM
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Every pair of Specialized shoes I've had did that. The Shimano ones make noise on concrete but don't on wood or linoleum. So it's just a matter of how thick the tread material is. If it bothers you enough, you can take the shoes to a shoe repair shop. Have them grind down the tread and replace it with something thicker.
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When I ran SPDs they'd grind on the cement and I'd cringe, but I'd also get years out of a set of cleats, so it really wasn't a big deal. It just sounded awful.
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I have a pair of Shimano shoes from their click-r series which are supposed to be their most off bike friendly shoes, but they still crunch and grind on any hard surface that isn't smooth. It just goes with the territory.
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Shoe Goo may be the answer. I started putting it on my shoes after the lugs wore some, but it's also possible to put it on new(er) shoes to build the lugs up enough to keep the cleats from contacting floors, sidewalks, etc.

Unfortunately, it doesn't stay on forever IME. You may find yourself with an additional monthly maintenance chore.
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Platform pedals and regular shoes .. the 'SPuD' cleat wont engage if recessed very far below the shoe sole surface ..
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Like my previous automotive mechanic offered, just ignore the sound! It sure beats the fun walk with Look cleats, which my first attempt at walking in 25 years ago made apparent.
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