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What pedals to use on road bike?(7 posts)

What pedals to use on road bike?Jakob
Aug 13, 2002 8:11 AM
I am considering a switch to traditional road pedals/shoes for my road bike. I have always used ATACs on my CX, road, and mountain bikes, but I am considering the road pedals because of the additional efficiency.

What do you guys use on your road bikes? Do you stick with ATACs for the sake of simplicity or have separate pedals/shoes?

Time ATACAndante
Aug 13, 2002 9:18 AM
Stay with ATAC. You never drive your bike out somewhere, and find out you bought the shoes with the wrong cleats (I have done it before and now have 3 pairs of ATAC's). Anyone trying to sell you on a noticable difference between ATAC's and roa shoe/cleats is just trying to make themselves feel better for spening the extra money. The exception may be if you were racing on the road, or you have superflexy MTB shoes.
That's what I was thinking. . .Jakob
Aug 13, 2002 9:37 AM
I have been doing some local Time Trials and I am going to take care of the cycling on a Triathlon relay team soon. My shoes are Sidi Dominators and they are great. I love everything about them except the buckle that I broke and had to replace. I think you're right. If I do start racing on the road it isn't going to be my shoes/pedals that are holding me back! Thanks.
Unless --triangleforge
Aug 13, 2002 1:10 PM
I've got ATACs on one road bike -- an old '70s road frame that I've added travel couplers on -- and they're just fine. I've even done a couple of road races on it while I was out on travel.

However, I've got Speedplay X series pedals on my race bike and on my TT bike, and really prefer them for road riding & racing. If you like the free-float feel of Speedplays, there's really no substitute. That does mean you'll need more than one pair of shoes, but you should consider that a benefit, not a drawback ;-)

And yes, you'll probably get some snarky comments on the start line of a road race if you roll up with ATACs & Dominators. That said, one of my teammates -- a former world class rower -- spent his whole first year of road racing with that combination, a year that saw him advance from Cat. 4 to Cat. 1 (they kind of waived Cat. 5 after he showed up for his first bike race -- a cyclocross race -- and won the "C" race, won the "B" race, then placed third in the "A"...) Let 'em laugh.

Unless --atpjunkie
Aug 13, 2002 7:54 PM
I'd say fine with the ATACs unless you start doing lots of distance. Like the previous post said you get less hot spots in a dedicated road pedal/shoe system which is crucial in any ride over 50 miles.
You also mentioned doing tri's, you may want a road pedal- tri shoe combo if you plan on being super competitive. Tri shoes have straps ( a single strap in some cases) that connect the opposite direction so you can start removing them while still on the bike. The strap will open away from the bike in the open position. Road/MTB straps go "in" when open which can make for a nasty chainline hang up and embarrassing crash as you dismount. I don't race tris (my ex did) and putting on Sidi's (Road or MTB) is not fast enough in transition for top level competition. If you are doing it for fun, no worries. Good luck. I run ATACs on my Cross and MTB rigs and Looks on my Road Bike. I'm quite happy with the way they are. You may also want to look on ebay as Time used to make a road ATAC (larger platform, one sided) that you can usually get cheap.
re: What pedals to use on road bike?Fiver
Aug 13, 2002 10:20 AM
For about a year I did the same thing as you, and used ATACs on all my bikes. One slight difference was that I didn't have a pair just for my road bike, but swapped over a pair from one of my MTBs, as needed. Not a huge hassle, but it was a little inconvenient. Then I saw a great close-out deal on some high end Northwave road shoes, so I bit the bullet and did it then, picking up some Time road pedals to throw on the bike.

Despite what Andante wrote, I found a big difference with the dedicated road shoes/pedals. For comparison: on my MTBs and 'cross bike I have ATACs, with Sidi Dominaters; on my road bike Time Crit Pros with Northwave Evolutions (with the super-stiff carbon soles). On longer road rides with my Sidis and ATACs I usually found my feet getting uncomfortable hot spots around the 20 mile mark or so. That's gone away with the stiffer road shoes and larger pedal platform.

Does it make sense for you? Maybe, maybe not. If you're thinking about getting road shoes only for efficiency, I say no, especially if you aren't a racer. If your feet get uncomfortable on long rides now and you'd like something stiffer, I do think it will make a difference. But it certainly does make things simpler to have only one type of pedal on all your bikes, and there's something to be said for being able to walk easily in your MTB shoes.
Also consider clearance...TFerguson
Aug 14, 2002 5:04 AM
The single sided road pedal will give you more clearance. When your pedal hits the road on a corner at 25+, it really wakes you up (or worse).