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Road Shoes and pedals?(2 posts)

Road Shoes and pedals?IRIE
Jul 8, 2002 6:06 AM
Do they make much of a difference? I have been using my mountain bike shoes and Time ATAC pedals since I purchased my first road bike about 6 weeks ago.

Anyway, I was curious of what advantages you get from road specific shoes and pedals if there are any.

There is quite a bit of float in my Time's is this constant with road pedals also?


Thanks for the help.

re: Road Shoes and pedals?DougSloan
Jul 8, 2002 8:02 AM
Road shoes tend to be stiffer, which means greater comfort over long rides. The stiffness keeps the sole from flexing and from feeling the cleat through the sole.

Road shoes are lighter.

Road shoes cleats and pedal platforms are much larger than mountain bike pedals. This distributes the pressure over a larger area, giving greater comfort.

When you start doing rides over 100 miles, you'll really appreciate the difference. Nonetheless, some touring riders stick with mountain shoes, so they can walk more easily in them. Speed is typically not an issue, though.