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SPD cleats? New to clip-ins

Old 10-14-17, 02:20 PM
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SPD cleats? New to clip-ins

Hey guys, just got my first pair of SPD pedals with cleats and bike shoes. The cleats came with an extra set of washers and some sort of metal plates (pictured). I don't see anything about these in the instructions or videos and didn't use them, but do they have a function?

Also, even though the cleats are recessed into the shoe, they got scuffed up on the sidewalk in my first few steps out the door. Is that normal? Preventable? (pebbles and uneven pavement can still reach the recessed cleat) I got these MTB style shoes since they're designed for cycling and occasional walking.
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Scuffing is normal.

No idea about the extra parts.
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Those are for inside the shoe. Replacements for the nuts, hidden under the insoles, which get pretty hammered when used off road. Your new shoes won’t need those.

The cleats will get scratched up in normal use. It has no affect on function. I have yet to own shoes that actually fully recess the cleat, so I sound like a pachuco walking around in them.
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Depth of pocket varies by mfg and model. Some deeper than others.
Not only does this affect the scuff or not but also ease of entry/exit.
The edge of the shoe around the pocket presses against the pedal when clipped in.
So deeper pockets make for tighter fit.
You sometimes have to address this but most often you can live with it.
If you own many shoes this pocket depth variable becomes quite apparent.
Some shoes clip in eaaasy and wiggle around, others take a firm press to clip in and take some force to wiggle.
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Awesome, thanks guys!!
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