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MTB Pedals VS. Road Pedals(8 posts)

MTB Pedals VS. Road PedalsGDR
Apr 28, 2001 1:52 AM
I am getting my first road bike and I am wondering what advantage road pedal/shoes have over mtb pedal/shoes. Will it make much of a difference if I put Time ATACS on my road bike and just use my mtb shoes.
That's what I doHwy45
Apr 28, 2001 2:34 AM
I just ride for fitness and fun and I use the same shoes on both my bikes.(road and mtn) I don't think it makes any difference and it sure is more comfortable off the bike.
i noticed a differencestan_b
Apr 28, 2001 4:21 AM
When I first got my road bike last summer I went with SPD pedals and Nike mountain bike shoes. When I switched to Look road pedals and Sidi shoes I noticed a significant difference. Part of it was weight but it just felt better for the road also.
re: MTB Pedals VS. Road PedalsHBJ
Apr 28, 2001 4:45 AM
I just put a set of Speedplay Frogs on my road bike. I prefer an mtb shoe for commuting as the shoe is more comfortable when stopped in traffic, walking from the garage to the office, etc. I use road pedals and shoes on weekend rides. Use what's comfortable for you.
re: MTB Pedals VS. Road PedalsThiderek
Apr 28, 2001 10:50 AM
I rode for many years as a messenger and used MT pedals and shoes the whole time. Even when I raced on the weekends or during triathlons I continued using the mountain set-up; I rode track bikes during the week and my road bikes on the weekends. I tried to switch over to Road shoes and pedals but found them too restricting. It felt like I was going to wrench my knee off. I switched back immediately and have never considered changing again. Go for comfort and peace of mind. Sidi and Diadora make shoes that are virtually identical on both the road and mountain models. That is what I always buy. True road technology in a mountain shoe. All my bikes (7 of them)are outfitted with Ritcheys so I can switch from one to the other without swapping anything out. The double sided entry is a huge plus in my book on all MT pedals. I just dont think I could get used to digging around with my foot at a redlight to find the right side of the pedal.

I say stick with the mountain set-up.
re: MTB Pedals VS. Road PedalsBrianU
Apr 28, 2001 1:10 PM
I asked this exact same question last fall when I bought my road bike. I received lots of opinions, but no valid answers. I tried Looks for awhile, but eventually end up using a set of Speedplay Frogs that I had lying around and have been happy with them. The key to using mtb pedals/shoes is to make sure the shoes have good stiff soles. If you decide you need different shoes, like someone else posted, some company's mtb shoes mirror their road shoes. I have had really good luck with Diadoras. Give your ATACs a try. I have a set on my GT Zaskar and IMHO are the best mtb pedals out there. If I had not already had the Frogs, I probably would have used my them.
re: MTB Pedals VS. Road PedalsDERICK
Apr 28, 2001 2:31 PM
I also use the speedplay frogs and diadora shoes on my roadbike. I love them. they are really easy to get in and out of and they are very light. I run the time pedals on my mountain bike and really like them too.

I would agree with the other posts about the Diadora shoes. Many of their mountain shoes and road shoes are are exactly the same except for the tread. I am currently using the Chili pros.
re: MTB Pedals VS. Road PedalsBrianU
Apr 28, 2001 7:32 PM
Hey those Diadoras Chili pros really do rock. I bought mine and used them for the RAGBRAI ride across Iowa last summer. Feet felt great the whole way. I liked them so much, that I now use them with my ATACS on my mountain bike. Instead of buying another pair for my road bike, I bought a pair of Performance Trophies because they were on sale. Now my toes on my left foot tingle on long rides, so I guess its back to the Diadoras.