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Road Shoes/Pedals verses MTB Shoes/Pedals?(12 posts)

Road Shoes/Pedals verses MTB Shoes/Pedals?Maui
Mar 11, 2001 8:15 PM
Are there any reasons for using road shoes and pedals as opposed to mountain shoes and pedals when riding a road bike? I mountain bike, but ride on the road for training. It seems pointless to have 2 sets of shoes and pedals, except for the fact that many roadies look at me with disgust.
re: Road Shoes/Pedals verses MTB Shoes/Pedals?bomber
Mar 11, 2001 8:34 PM
The stiffer sole of the road shoe is a big plus...also they are usually lighter and dont have the cool spikes on the bottom :> I would say get road shoes if you want, but if your MTB shoes are ok, screw the jealous roadies. Speaking of, why are there so many roadies that are dicks? I know this topic has been brought up before, but you can't tell me they are "too busy concentrating on training" when they are sitting at a stoplight downtown. I have been counting how many riders going the opposite way wave when I do (or some sort of acknowledgement)...seems approx 7/10 mtbers, I would say 8-9/10 tandem/recubment riders, but maybe at BEST 4/10 road guys. Also I noticed the nicer the bike the higher the snobbery rate...this makes sense I realize, but I still find it funny that the guy on the 42lb. pacific will always talk to you. Shrug.
re: Road Shoes/Pedals verses MTB Shoes/Pedals?Maui
Mar 12, 2001 7:55 AM
I agree. I've encountered a much higher percentage of roadies than mbrs with bugs-up-their-butts. Even so, I've met many very nice roadies.

In fact, a few were polite enough to help pull me back to the group after a few inconsiderate roadies tried to drop me immediately after a very long pull last summer.

After the ride, the helpful roadies explained that any time either (1) a mountain biker joins the club ride or (2) a person with a cheesy bike joins the club ride, the snobby guys try to drop the loser - which was me. They set-up the person with a very long pull (the other riders wouldn't take the lead) and then hammer home when the unsuspecting person is a little fatigued.

Apparently, I was twice as offensive to these people because I was riding a 31lb Schwinn with radiator hoses holding on my water bottle cages, and I was wearing my dominators with attack pedals.
MTB shoes/pedals are fine..Kathy
Mar 12, 2001 5:51 AM
A large percentage of folks in my bike club use mtb shoes and pedals on their road bikes. Unless you're really big, good mtb shoes should be plenty stiff for training. I switched from Looks pedals and road shoes because I do a lot of touring, and it's a pain (and sometimes hazardous) to walk around like a duck at rest breaks. No roadies I know would even notice mtb shoes on a road rider. It's very common here. Go with what you've got and ignore the narrow minded folks who just don't get it.

Kathy :-)
Ya till you clip on pedal on the ground in a turnRich
Mar 12, 2001 9:16 AM
back when i was a cat 5 i used Ritchy spds. all cool till i was slamming through a turn a clipped the pedal on the ground. MTN pedals (SPD esp) have much more thickness and are not angled for corners. I guess if you are not serious about racing etc, mtn pedals are just fine.
clip on pedal on the ground in a turn??Brian B.
Mar 12, 2001 5:09 PM
If you're wearing your mountain shoes on the road, then you probably don't need to worry about this- you've already learned that on a mtb, you never, ever, EVER have the pedal on the inside of a turn down at the ground. That's instant crash. I pretty much have my pedals at either 3:00 / 9:00 on the turns, or outside foot down, even on the road, 'cause that's the way you do it on a trail.

-Brian B.
re: Road Shoes/Pedals verses MTB Shoes/Pedals?MeDotOrg
Mar 12, 2001 6:40 AM
I use Speedplay frogs on my road bike. They work fine. Perhaps they won't win me the Tour De France, but they are the easiest pedals to clip out.
Can't speak for the snob factor but ...bianchi boy
Mar 12, 2001 1:48 PM
MTB pedals work fine for me. I don't like having to walk around in road shoes with cleats, and I like using the same shoes for my mtb and road bike. My SIDA Rampa mtb shoes are plenty stiff for me and I do at least 90% of my miles on the road. Some people complain about hot spots with SPD pedals but I have never had that problem with lots of rides over 40 miles and as far as 65.
What are hot spots?Maui
Mar 12, 2001 4:34 PM
If you don't mind my ignorance, what are hot spots?
What are hot spots?bianchi boy
Mar 12, 2001 7:00 PM
I haven't had the problem, but I gather from other people's posts here that hot spots are pains or sore areas in your soles that develop while riding longer distances. I do plenty of rides 2-3 hours long and have never had a problem. Didn't have a problem riding a metric century over 4 hours in the fall, either. I have pretty good mtb shoes, though, and they have stiff soles.
Second the hot spot problemDaveG
Mar 12, 2001 5:09 PM
I use Looks on my "regular" road bike and SPDs and mountain bike shoes on my touring bike. I sometimes experience pressure induced sore/pain on longer rides (>60miles) with the SPDs. Some of this may be due to my large feet - size 13. Other part is the small platform. Stiffer shoes may help. Otherwise, I think the SPDs are very practical. I don't see any major breech of roadie etiquite by using SPDs on a road bike as long as you like them. I do, however, prefer the larger platform of my road Look's for longer rides.
Mar 13, 2001 10:10 AM
....there's a very good point to having 2 sets of pedals and shoes. It's the same point you used when you decided to get a road bike instead of road riding on your mountain bike.