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How to protect SPD cleats when walking?!?(24 posts)

How to protect SPD cleats when walking?!?Marc in Montréal
Sep 21, 2001 5:47 AM
Hello all! When using my road bike I protect my Speedplay cleats with Speedplay cleat covers. I would like to do the same with my SPD cleats equiped touring shoes. Is there such a thing as SPD cleat covers? How do you protect any kind of cleats (Time,Look, SPD-R etc...)when you have to walk with the shoes. Thanks for suggestions/comments! MARC
re: How to protect SPD cleats when walking?!?Horace
Sep 21, 2001 6:10 AM
Check out a product called "Kool Covers" from the typical web-based retailers. I believe Nashbar, Peformance or CC have them. I know they work for Look but I'm not sure about SPD.
re: How to protect SPD cleats when walking?!?Rich Clark
Sep 21, 2001 6:11 AM
I protect mine by installing them in shoes with recesses so they make little if any contact with the ground when I walk. Isn't that the point of SPD? Or am I missing something here?

I have Specialized MTB shoes and Shimano SPD sandals, and frequently wear them all day long. I don't do anything special about the cleats.

Aye, me tooraboboy
Sep 21, 2001 6:27 AM
Specialized MTB shoes & Time pedals. Not as light as road shoes, but I'm not too concerned with that. They have traction on the bottom that protects the cleat when walking.
Aye, me tooDINOSAUR
Sep 21, 2001 8:55 AM
I have an old pair of Specialized MTB shoes. A tad on the heavy side but, well constructed and have a gore tex fabric. Great for wearing in the winter. I had to stop wearing them when I switched over to Look's. The ridges on the soles of MTB SPD's make it possible to walk on them without wearing down the cleats. I tried SPD's with my Northwaves and they were too difficult to engage so I switched to Look's. If I can get two months out of a pair of Look cleats I'm lucky, and I hardly do any walking on them. I have covers for my Look cleats but they are too much a hassle to put on as I only walk about 30 ft on my driveway. I carry them on long rides though, as security. Never have had to use them (knock on wood).
re: How to protect SPD cleats when walking?!?Debby
Sep 21, 2001 6:37 AM
I think Marc is referring to SPD mounted on road shoes (no recesses).
Wait, I forget: WHY did we give up toe clips?cory
Sep 21, 2001 7:40 AM
I have one set of pedals with toe clips (Power Grips work, too). When I'm going to be walking a lot, sightseeing or whatever, I put those pedals on whatever bike I want to ride and use cheap mountain bike shoes with no cleats. Works surprisingly well on the bike and feels just like light hiking boots when I'm walking.
Because they sucked?JS
Sep 21, 2001 8:09 AM
Lets see, they pinched your feet if you had them tight enough to work, You had to loosen them at every light to put your foot down (this by the way is why trackstanding used to be an important skill, so you didn't have to loosen toe clips). Even at their tightest they still don't transmit power as well as clipless, I could go on. I don't get it, you can buy SPD shoes with recesses for cleats and walk all day without a problem, am I missing something?
Ever crash and try to get out of your clips and straps? nmMB1
Sep 21, 2001 8:30 AM
PowerGrips addresses all those criticismsclub
Sep 21, 2001 11:24 AM
you never have to loosen or tighten them if they're properly adjusted for the shoes you wear. you can get a foot out in a heartbeat. if they're properly snug, you can pull up for power just like with cleats. I use them with WTB toeflips and SunTour XC Pro pedals and can enter them first try, every time. I NEVER EVER crash or fall over because my feet are attached to my bike. I ride CO singletrack every blessed day and have never found them wanting. PowerGrips make me a better rider because I can try riding anything knowing I'm not gonna have a nasty spud fall if I don't clean the move. A Famous Pro Racer who shall remain nameless once fell over in my driveway because his spd cleat stuck, and I recall watching another Famous Pro Downhiller almost miss his start because he was sitting in the mud picking goo out of his spd cleats with a stick. I guess if you only ride buffed, groomed trails, spds might work ok, but out in the Real World where the trails are tough and sketchy, clipless pedals=death. And my shoe soles are cleatless so I can stroll around just fine.
Are they available in Ti? Gotta be hi-tech. nmMB1
Sep 21, 2001 11:27 AM
laminated composite straps, ti pedal spindlesclub
Sep 22, 2001 7:59 AM
and my pedals got grease guard
When you are not precise enough...Marc in Montréal
Sep 21, 2001 9:02 AM
Hello again folks! My grap of the english language being what it is (tranlation= very so so)I guess I was not very clear in my comment. I have SPD cleats mounted on original Shimano shoes (2 pairs of sandals and two pairs of Shimano SPD shoes. All shoes have recesses and I believe the cleats are well installed in their respective cavity but still when I walk I can clearly hear the cleat rubbing against the pavement, cement etc... so I sure there is an abrasion of some sort beeing done to the cleats. I guess I'll just have to continue to walk funny in order to save the cleats from undue abrasion... Thanks anyways! MARC
Never apologize for posting. You never know whereMB1
Sep 21, 2001 9:08 AM
it will lead or what you (and we) might learn.

BTW I don't think you have to worry very much about wearing down your cleats since you are wearing Shimano shoes. Walk like a man!
And carry a big stick.Spinchick
Sep 21, 2001 10:17 AM
And I mean BIG.
It's always a size thing isn't it? . nmMB1
Sep 21, 2001 10:22 AM
Sep 21, 2001 10:26 AM
I am just out of control these days. Need to go for a ride.
When you are not precise enough...raboboy
Sep 21, 2001 9:10 AM
Thought walking funny is amusing for the rest of us to watch, I don't think you really need to. Yeah, there will be some abrasion, but not enough to damage the cleat beyond use. Think of it this way... what is the harder of the materials... metal cleats, wooden stairs, cement? Unless you are walking on diamonds, I think you are pretty safe. If you ARE walking on diamonds, let me have your address and I'll take them away for you. ;)
Not designed to last forevermr_spin
Sep 21, 2001 9:12 AM
Your cleats will wear out. Walking on them doesn't help, but in the long run, it doesn't matter enough to worry about it. Don't walk funny--just buy new cleats when they wear out. I haven't had SPDs for a while, but the cleats lasted a long, long time and I think only cost $10-15 to replace.
Don't worry about itRich Clark
Sep 21, 2001 10:35 AM
Your English, which is a hell of a lot better than my French, or your cleats, which will be fine.

Yes, they may make that annoying crunching sound when you walk on cement, but it won't hurt 'em, and it won't affect their functionality.

You should only walk funny if it makes you happy.

still don't worry about itpmf1
Sep 21, 2001 11:53 AM
spd cleats are made out of very hard steel. I once tried and tried to drill the screws out of a pair of shoes and could not do it. I'd worry more about the damage the cleats do to the cement, than the damage the cement does to the cleats.
re: How to protect SPD cleats when walking?!?LC
Sep 21, 2001 9:11 AM
For road shoes, they sell little wings that go on each sides of the cleat. I don't feel they are as good as MTB shoes for walking though.
Non Issuegrzy
Sep 21, 2001 9:36 AM
The reason why you cover the Speedplays is to keep the grit out of the mechanism on the shoe. The SPD system doesn't work this way. The cleat is steel and you can do a ton of walking (more than you ever want) and have no virtually no problem with the steel cleat. You're talking about a solution for a problem that doesn't exist. Furthermore touring type spd shoes have the cleat recessed into the sole further making it comfy and safe (no accidental splits) to walk around in.
who can walk in road bike shoes anyway?filtersweep
Sep 22, 2001 5:06 PM
(it has more to do with the shoe than the cleat)- it wouldn't matter what I put in these. My Sidis are a nightmare for walking- even though they are somewhat recessed, its all smooth hard plastic- mtn bike shoes are an easy walk. I almost wipeout every time I hit the tile floor at the entry... can't imagine actually trying to walk anywhere in these shoes- "Don't walk funny?"- How can you NOT?!