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Big advantages with real road pedals?(4 posts)

Big advantages with real road pedals?Peter E
Oct 12, 2001 1:45 AM
I use Shimano A-515 pedals because then i can use my MTB-shoes on the road-bike aswell.
But now i starterd riding more road-bike and want to know if there are any big notiable advantges with using a real road pedal (Like Look or Time's modells) and buy road-shoes instead of keep on going with my Shimano 515 pedals and Shimano SH-M220 MTB-shoes
It is a pretty big cost in buying both new shoes (if i want some as stiff as my SH-M220, and i do) and new pedals
Oct 12, 2001 2:53 AM
Supposed ones are:

Bigger platform (in general)= more stable = more power transfer
Less "hot spotting"
Less weight possibly.

However, the first depends a lot on your shoe - if you have a really stiff sole, then the difference is marginal. Ditto in second in my opinion. Re the third - depends on what you have.

I use SPD on MTB and commuter (to avoid duck issues) and Looks on my roadies. Is there a difference? Yes, in feel, as I have different shoes for each, but does it make a difference to performance if I swap peddals - not that I can tell.

I would say that if your mtb set-up is giving you comfort problems or you can feel the bend when you pedal, then think about changing something (shoes or pedals) - if not, don't worry about it.

Of course, I have stayed clear of image, but that is a whole other nest of bees...
Yes, there are advantagesMcAndrus
Oct 12, 2001 4:59 AM
I used SPDs for several years before switching to Looks and Campagnolo and settling on the Campys. I wish I'd switched earlier. I used them because my wife and I rode a tandem a lot and she liked to stop and window shop and the SPDs were easier for walking.

The increased contact area of Look-style pedals is a much more efficient way to transfer leg energy. In fact, I've commented before that Looks make me feel as if my feet are cemented to the pedals. And I don't mean that as a criticism but a remark on the completeness of the contact area.

Also, Speedplays have a lot of evangalists. They make look small but they have a pretty large cleat on the shoe.
re: Big advantages with real road pedals?filtersweep
Oct 13, 2001 6:56 AM
You won't save much weight by switching pedals, but you certainly can with the shoes! Mtn bike shoes are usually more comfortable (usually have more flex as well) but they are like wearing boots.... plus most road bike shoes keep your feet cooler. I'd at least switch shoes- you can always put spds on your road bike shoes and switch pedals later.