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Cleat compatibility with pedals...(4 posts)

Cleat compatibility with pedals...chuckie Bone
Aug 28, 2001 3:05 PM
This might be a dumb question, but I'm new to a a lot of this. I have a set of SPD well-go entry level pedals on my road bike. Because I mainly ride in a touring fashion and got off the bike and walk around, I have a pair of specialized mtn bike shoes for road biking and I put the well-go cleats on these shoes.

I have a MTB with lesser known brand name clipless SPD pedals on it (really, I don't know the brand) and have a really beat up pair of Shimano MTB shoes and I have the cleats from those pedals on the Shimano shoes. However, the Shimano shoes have had their day.

My question is, is it safe to use a pair of shoes with cleats for Well-go pedals on a another brand SPD pedal? Yes, they fit, but is there anything inherently wrong with doing this?

Does this make sense?
re: Cleat compatibility with pedals...JS5280
Aug 28, 2001 3:28 PM
Hmmm, if they clip and release on the unknown pedals predictibly, why not? I know that Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance has a compatibility grid for cleats which can help answer these questions but since you don't know the make of the other pedals, no extra help there. Does the Zinn book for Road Bikes also have this chart but for more road specific (e.g. one sided) pedals? Anyone else have a different opinion?
re: Cleat compatibility with pedals...Steve Bailey
Aug 28, 2001 5:11 PM
Ditto JS's reply, if it works - go for it.

Shimano has specific compatability charts, which many successfully ignore, myself included. Many other manufacturers copy the Shimano cleat and pedal designs - Wellgo included, so it's a given that most of the time a particular pair of cleats will work with non Shimano pedals.

SB
Easy answerSpoke Wrench
Aug 28, 2001 6:01 PM
The first time you try them, do it on a paved area with little traffic and no cross streets. That way if they won't unclip, you can coast while you undo one shoe and pull your foot out. That's what I did when I found out that Performance cleats won't work with Shimano pedals.