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Spikes vs. Cleats?(2 posts)

Spikes vs. Cleats?triangleforge
Nov 6, 2001 6:49 AM
A teammate of mine gave me a spare set of toe spikes at the races last weekend (Congrats to Potomac Velo for another fine race in the VA Cross Series!!), but I didn't want to try something new in a race, so I raced with the soccer cleats I've got in the shoes. The course was dry and traction was good, so I don't think there would have been much if any difference between spikes/cleats/nothing.

I'm going to try the spikes out at our morning 'cross practice tomorrow, but was wondering if there was any significant difference between the thin spikes and fatter soccer cleats; is one better or worse for muddy, dry, or other conditions?

re: Spikes vs. Cleats?rollo tommassi
Nov 6, 2001 9:15 AM
I've tried both, but have settled on using baseball cleats - they seem to have the best of both worlds, allowing a good 'bite' into the surface without gunking up with mud.

spikes are good for loose dirt and particularly sand, but in heavy mud and leaves (esp. that VA mud and leaf combo) they clog up.

plastic soccer cleats are really slick on rocks, so be careful.