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Road pedals or MTB pedals?(12 posts)

Road pedals or MTB pedals?Juniorgriff
Mar 2, 2003 4:17 PM
I have heard from a few friends that they use MTB pedals and shoes on their road bikes. Is there an advantage to this? If not, what are some good road pedals to get?
re: there is advantagecyclopathic
Mar 2, 2003 4:28 PM
1) no need to buy new shoes (assuming you already have MTB)
2) easier to walk to store
3) longer cleat life (plastic road cleats are not walk friendly)
4) easier to take off on traffic light (double sided entry)
5) easier to dismount on incline (road cleats slip)

1) less clearance in turns
2) less support
3) Style man doesn't approve
good overviewlaffeaux
Mar 2, 2003 9:52 PM
The above post is a good list of pros and cons.

I spend time walking around off my bike during rides. It makes the decision esay for me: mountain bike pedals.
Another option...Andy M-S
Mar 3, 2003 7:27 AM
I use older Ultegra SPD (not SPD-R) road pedals. For rides where there's going to be a lot of off-bike socializing, I wear MTB shoes. Where I'm going to be mainly on the bike, I wear road shoes and take 'em off if I need to walk a little. Same cleats, same pedals, different shoes.
I often find myself walking in my cycling shoes.MB1
Mar 2, 2003 4:32 PM
Therefore I use shoes that I can walk in (some folks call them mountain bike shoes).

I like pedals that I can enter from either side (some folks call them mountain bike pedals).

I figure that when I ride on the road the equipment I am using is road bike equipment. When I am riding on the dirt I figure the stuff I am using is dirt bike equipment.

Of course we ride all of our bikes on and off road so we have the best of both worlds.
Mar 2, 2003 4:40 PM
Check out Speedplay Frogs.,Frog/PRD_28043_2503crx.aspx
re: Road pedals or MTB pedals?ukiahbill
Mar 2, 2003 5:14 PM
a good compromise is single sided SPD road pedals, have had good luck w/ Shimanos version and recently gat a set of Performance Mg/Ti SPD road pedals that I like a lot, very light at 200g and not bad looking either.
MTB for mefilly
Mar 2, 2003 8:51 PM
main reason, however, is because i MTB'ed before i got into road biking. now i've 100% ditched the MTB thing, but i use the pedals and shoes. i don't have any knowledge of road pedals to compare with, but i'm doing just fine. now, if i finish DFL in my upcoming (1st ever) race, then flush my comments down the drain and do exactly the opposite i do. this is especially true if you cut your own hair...
re: Road pedals or MTB pedals?The Human G-Nome
Mar 2, 2003 8:54 PM
the big advantage to a road pedal like Look for example, is that you have a very large platform which eliminates hotspots and just feels more stable. also, although the MTB pedals are 2-sided, they're still more difficult to engage then Looks because the Looks are weighted so the nose always rotates stright up. you can stand out of the saddle and still have absolutely no problem engaging just by feel. the same can't always be said with the MTB as you don't always slide gracefully into the engagement.

IMO, Look is superior. can't comment on lots of other road pedals i've never used however. the road SPDs are definitely inferior in every way with the exception of weight and price.
just get Speedplay'sclimbo
Mar 3, 2003 6:22 AM
double sided entry !
you can walk OK on these cleats, plus you can use the cleat covers to protect them while you do so.
lots of cornering clearance and easy to maintain.
Mar 3, 2003 6:34 AM
The first reply had a good list of pros and cons.

I have road Times. Great pedals and shoe combo for road rides. But the shoes are hard to walk in and they have lots of ventilation to keep your feet cool.

So in the winter when I am just tooling around, I prefer a mtn shoe and pedal. I also looked for a slightly warmer shoe (and larger so I could wear a smartwool sock).

But I would have no problems with using a mountain setup yearround if I had to.
re: Road pedals or MTB pedals?mapei boy
Mar 3, 2003 4:19 PM
When you are actually on the bike and pedaling, road shoes and pedals are significantly better. They're much more stable and secure. Thus, they feel more efficient. As mentioned many times before on this board, the wide platform and cleat eliminate the feeling that somebody is pushing a rod into the ball of your foot. In other words, no hot spot.

In every other respect, mtb pedals and shoes are better. They are certainly more convenient. But it must be said, comfort and efficiency are pretty compelling qualities. If a law were passed that forced me to put mtb pedals on my road bike, I be pretty bummed.