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MTB pedals on Road bike?(6 posts)

MTB pedals on Road bike?config
Oct 20, 2002 9:04 AM
Is there anything wrong putting ATB pedals on a road bike? What's the main difference between ATB and road pedals? I really don't want to walk like I'm tip-toeing when I'm not on the saddle. Is there a road pedal that allows this? Sorry if this is a dumb question.
re: MTB pedals on Road bike?dcv
Oct 20, 2002 2:54 PM
Sorry, I don't have the answer. I don't think that's a dumb question, I was going to post almost the exact same one. Can someone also explain the different cleat systems? SPD? Look? Does Speedplay require special shoes / cleats? I have Ritchey clipless pedals, I think they're SPD. Would I need new shoes if I switched to another pedal?
re: MTB pedals on Road bike?peter1
Oct 20, 2002 4:16 PM
Mtb pedals are just fine on a road bike. There's no difference, altho mtb pedals generally take smaller cleats. I've found that my road pedals offer a tighter interface because the tolerances can be closer. Whereas mtb pedals need a bit of "slop" in them to allow easy disengagement and mud performance.

There are a myriad of cleat systems out there, all variations on the same theme. Unfortunately, few road pedals are compatible with each other.

Speedplays, which I have, have a bulky cleat and minimalist pedals. They're not particularly compatible with some shoes.

Your Ritchey mountain pedals, if that's what you have, are Shimano SPD compatible. You wont need new shoes if you switch pedals...
re: MTB pedals on Road bike?theeatkins
Oct 21, 2002 4:31 AM
Nothing at all! Just as long as you are aware of the weight penalty. I rode on Speedplay Frogs with Answer MTB shoes for over 2 years without any problems. I could walk into stores or shops without taking off the shoes. I finally went to Speedplay X-2 pedals and road shoes with cleat covers. I little more hassle, but lighter. Good luck.
re: MTB pedals on Road bike?pmf1
Oct 21, 2002 4:40 AM
Road pedals are typically lighter and have a larger platform. Mtn pedals usually have dual entry and the cleats are recessed making walking easier. There are advantages to either. They both do the same thing and are a huge improvement over using toe clips.

I use Time ATAC pedals on my commuting bike (a LS Ultimate these days) and when I go on bike vacations (same bike). Doesn't look as cool as road pedals, but walking is lots easier. I first did this a few years ago when I went on a bike tour in Italy run by Andy Hampsten. He recommended all riders use mtn pedals because we would be getting off the bike and walking around from time to time. At first I scoffed, but I ended up doing it and was glad I did. Hey, if Andy rides around Tuscany in Shimano spd mtn pedals, it can't be all that bad.

My wife uses older spd type pedals (Ritchey on one bike, Performance on the other) that can be mounted in a mtn bike shoe. Perhaps Speedplay would work as well -- never tried Speedplay or spd road pedals because I like larger platforms. This allows her to have the comfort of a mtn shoe for walking.

If I'm going out for a long ride though, nothing beats a pair of Time road pedals IMO.

So, if you're not commuting or in situations where you'd be getting on and off the bike (and walking), get a pair of road pedals. If you are in these situations, think about mtn pedals. Its all about comfort and practicality, not what others think looks cool.
Thanks! -nmconfig
Oct 21, 2002 7:14 AM