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MTB pedals on a road bike?(11 posts)

MTB pedals on a road bike?Matthew
Jul 12, 2001 12:26 PM
Is puting MTB pedals (such as 747's or Time ATAC's) on a road bike a faux pas? I'm new to road biking and I've tried (old) Look road pedals and hated them. And I'm not crazy about the whole one sided entry thing - double sided just seems much more natural to me, as a long time mountain biker.

Your thoughts and opinions on road vs. MTB pedals would be appreciated.

Matthew.
try SpeedplayMike K
Jul 12, 2001 1:23 PM
the most knee-friendly pedal out there and double sided entry..
On the other hand you do not clip in and out nearly as much or under the same abrupt conditions on a road bike so double sided is not as much of an issue. I ride Speedplay on both (X2's and Frogs) so I'm probably biased..
re: MTB pedals on a road bike?jaybird
Jul 12, 2001 1:42 PM
I use 747s on my "rain bike" just because they were hanging around and i didnt have the desire to drop another 2 bills on another set of pedals. It is not really a faux pas, the only thing that you sacrifce is a little bit of cornering clearance but that has never been an issue for me. it is even cooler to race with your mtb shoes and kick some ass.(make sure you have your toe cleats installed)
re: MTB pedals on a road bike?Steeve
Jul 13, 2001 11:08 AM
I also have 747s on my 2nd bike. Double sided entry is a bonus in city traffic.
why not?Jack S
Jul 12, 2001 2:03 PM
If they work, fine. So what if others might call you a fred, chump, whatever. Bonus- saves you $ on shoes.
re: MTB pedals on a road bike?Poulidor
Jul 12, 2001 3:07 PM
I use Shimano M535's on my road bikes. I used to have Look pedals but got tired of having problems clipping in when I was crossing intersections (I commute a lot). Double-sided pedals are great. You can still cross intersections, even if you don't get clipped in and once you are up to speed, you can clip in. I also use touring shoes that have rubber soles with treads, they don't slip off the pedal if you aren't clipped in. The only down side with touring shoes is that they are not as stiff as traditional road or MTB shoes. As far as style is concerned, be a rebel!!! You don't want to be riding with any roadie that would look down on you for having MTB pedals on your road bike.
re: MTB pedals on a road bike?JohnG
Jul 12, 2001 10:42 PM
single sides spd's work fine. They are significantly lighter and will look much better on a road bike.

JohnG
re: MTB pedals on a road bike?hnmalone
Jul 13, 2001 7:28 AM
Sure. I use Speedplay Frogs on my road bike because I want recessed clips so I can walk in my bike shoes.
re: MTB pedals on a road bike?hopeful
Jul 13, 2001 4:21 PM
I recently went back to the road and am using WTB Stealth 250s. I got them cheap but I like them. They are double entry and weigh 250 grams (at least that is what package says) which is lighter than most road pedals. I may be giving up cornering clearance but when I start training for a criterium is when I will worry about that. I also got some Shimano 220 shoes which are mtb shoes but with soles so stiff they make good road shoes too. If your gonna use one pair of shoes for both these are the ones I would recommend.
why not!....IAmtnbikr
Jul 14, 2001 8:44 AM
I have Times on my full-suspension mtb and hardtail, and put 'em on my new road bike. I happen to like them, and felt why not be comfortable with the same setup as the other 2 bikes. I've seen people do the same.
re: MTB pedals on a road bike?trijjj
Jul 17, 2001 2:27 PM
Hmmm. . . it says here in the Purist Road Cycling code that using MTB pedals is only a misdemeanor provided your socks are white/light colored and your helmet doesn't have a visor. Otherwise it's a punishable offense ;-)

All depends on how self-conscience you are. Some people would rather be tarred and feathered than seen out of full road regalia. I use Ritchey Design Logic Pro because I use SPD on my MTB and didn't want to have to have two different sets of shoes/cleats. Plus they are super light and inexpensive. I think the most important thing is that your shoe/pedal combonation is what is what works best for you. Especially if you have sensitive knees. One note, double sided is great if your rides require a lot of clipping in and out. I don't mind one sided because I might only clip/unclip a once or twice while on the road.