|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. |
|Ya till you clip on pedal on the ground in a turn||Rich|
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.
|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 problem||DaveG|
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.|| |