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MTBR pedals on road bike(3 posts)

MTBR pedals on road bikeMira
Apr 30, 2001 7:16 PM
I just purchased a new road bike and my LBS recommended purchasing TIME ATAC alum clipless pedals and SIDI Dominator shoes (both on sale) rather than road biking pedals and shoes. He said these TIME pedals are just as easy to get in and out of, and these SIDI shoes are easier to walk in than road bike shoes -- basically no reason to purchase road bike pedals/shoes other than weight considerations. Is there any truth to this or is he just trying to sell me what he happens to have in stock? What are the advantages of road bike pedals and shoes over equivalent mountain bike equipment? Thanks.
re: MTB pedals on road bikemira
Apr 30, 2001 11:06 PM
Ah, I see someone asked the same question recently (even inquiring about the same pedal), with significant positive responses, so I suppose I should just enjoy the walking comfort.
re: MTBR pedals on road bikeLucky
May 2, 2001 6:14 AM
I use mtb shoes and road spd pedals (similar binding to mtb pedals, but only one-sided). I do a lot of recreational road riding, touring and the occasional century. Mtb shoes are much easier to walk in during breaks because the cleat is recessed. The advantage of mtb pedals is that they are two-sided, so it doesn't matter which side is up - just stomp in and go. If you're new to clipless pedals, it makes it just a bit easier, and it's especially good if you're going to ride or commute in traffic. You've got one less thing to think about. On the down side, road shoes are supposedly stiffer, but unless you're large or you have race ambitions, you may not notice. I used Look pedals and various road shoes for years, and am just as happy with my Specialized Ground Control Comp mtb shoes. As far as brands, the ATAC pedals are great in mud, but on a road bike, that shouldn't be a factor. They'll work just fine, but there are lighter pedals out there that would work just as well for a comparable price. People rave about Sidi shoes, but they just don't fit my feet. Only get them if they feel good. Otherwise, shop around.

Kathy :)