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    Bonking ... not feelin' well I need some help about some concerns with my shoes and cleats

    Are the cleats of a mountain bike shoe supposed to make indentions, scratches, and nicks on the surface of the place the cleats are supposed to go??

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    Quote Originally Posted by hvizzo_33
    Are the cleats of a mountain bike shoe supposed to make indentions, scratches, and nicks on the surface of the place the cleats are supposed to go??
    If your talking about indents made my the cleats too stop them from slipping around then yes.
    The pedals can also wear away at the sole of your shoe.
    Nothing really to worry about.

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    Well sure. It's metal against metal. It scratches.

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    What place would that be?

    If on the bottom of your sole, yes cleats usually have some nice little grooved parts to bite into your shoe sole so that they won't move around easily....but if you mean are the cleats supposed to make marks on the area of the pedal they engage, I've not had that experience without a lot of time to abuse first...
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    I have similar concerns.

    I have a set of Crank Bros. Candy SL pedals and a pair of Specialized Mountain Comp shoes. But to get them to work together, I had to shim the cleats on my shoes-- the tread on my shoes were rubbing against the platforms on my Candy SLs and I was not getting any float at all and couldn't clip out easily. But now, the cleats are protruding out beyond my shoes' treads and I now have to do the funny road biker shuffle walk. Is this supposed to be? Is it ok for the cleats to be like this because I'm worried they may get worn dowm more quickly this way from walking around in these shoes when I'm off the bike.

    Would it be better to just shave some of the tread off instead of using the shims so that the cleats don't protrude so much from the soles of my shoes?

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