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anyone else use mnt, shoes with SPD cleats on their roadbike(12 posts)

anyone else use mnt, shoes with SPD cleats on their roadbikescottfromcali
Mar 3, 2003 9:52 PM
I'm just wondering if I am alone on this one? I have rode MTB's since I was 11, as of the past 6 months I would now call myself more of a road cyclist, I love the sport. Is it worth it to buy road shoes and a road specific pedal? The one thing I have herad about road shoes is they are aweful to walk in, I like to get off the bike when Im riding.
re: anyone else use mnt, shoes with SPD cleats on their roadbikeJustDoIt
Mar 4, 2003 12:48 AM
I've been, for the past year and counting, haven't had any problems yet but been thinking of making the entire switch to Road (pedals & shoes) since they are suposed to be stiffer and transfer better the energy to the bike. just my 2 cents.

Peace out
-J A
Mar 4, 2003 5:32 AM
Depends on what kind of riding you do.
If you race, then road shoes/pedals are the standard.
If you are a recreational cyclist then the answer is maybe:
I'm a lazy recreationist and occasional Audax rider so I run Northwave Action shoes with single sided Road Spd pedals (VP164). Before I used Gaerne Action road shoes and a variety of Look pedals. Road shoes and cleats are a nightmare to walk in (though you can buy rubber cleat covers for Look and Time pedals that help make it less perilous). Walking is certainly easier with MTB pedals/cleats.

However, the big disadvantage of minimal pedal platform of spd pedals combined with flexier MTB shoes is that you can get localised pressure on the sole of your feet (hot-spots). I have this problem if I ride longer than about 2 hours.
The best compromise I can find is to switch to Time Cyclo pedals which use the ATAC cleat, but have a bigger platform.
Alternatively Shimano do some road shoes that have a slight recess big enough for a road cleat that will make it easier to walk in. (Last year's version was the T070).
Best advice is to try to borrow some road pedals and shoes from a mate for the afternoon and go riding. Decide then.
Hope this helps.
FrogsEl Kabong
Mar 4, 2003 5:39 AM
I use Speedplay Frogs and MtB shoes. Shoes have a carbon sole, and are very nearly as stiff as road shoes, so I get no hot spots and any loss of efficiency is minimized. I watch people skitter around in their road shoes and it doesn't seem worth it to me.

El K.
re: anyone else use mnt, shoes with SPD cleats on their roadbikePEDDLEFOOT
Mar 4, 2003 6:06 AM
I wear mine when I think I'll be walking around or in the cold weather.My MTB shoes are heavier but much warmer than my road shoes.If you can I would reccomend having both so you can have options depending on the ride or weather.The road shoes are lighter and siffer that the MTB shoes I have which makes my long rides more comfortable.
I did, but now don'tms
Mar 4, 2003 7:09 AM
When I bought my road bike, I had mountain shoes and was used to SPD cleats from my hybrid. The combination was OK. But after a few months, I upgraded to Sidi road shoes and Look pedals/cleats. I was much happier after the change. Given that I do not like to be too far from my bike when I am out and about, I do not walk very much in my bike shoes. But, you can walk in them (on New Year's Eve I had a very significant walk when I had a flat tire and went through all of my spare tubes before I reached home -- I walked 2-3 miles in them). Is the change worth it? I think so. But, if your budget is tight, you do not have to make the change right away.
I plan tomakalu
Mar 4, 2003 7:17 AM
As soon as my bike gets delivered, I will put my Time ATACs on it. Will switch em from bike to bike depending on which I am riding that day.

I will use my Shimano M220s for either bike. Nice carbon soled shoes. I could not imagine a stiffer shoe.
Use ritchey logics on both MTB and roadGeardaddy
Mar 4, 2003 7:27 AM
I like the Ritcheys better than SPDs. Awhile back I found some Look touring shoes that have a pretty stiff sole. I've also used these same shoes for road and MTB riding. Very practical when I'm switching between road, MTB, and commuter bikes all the time.
When you wear size 15, you take what you can getcory
Mar 4, 2003 9:07 AM
I rode in mountain shoes either with or without cleats for years, because the only cycling shoes I could find in size 15/50 were MB Diadoras. I still do half or more of my riding in old-style touring shoes and platform pedals with toe clips. Doesn't seem to slow me down much, and I like being able to get off and walk around. I HAVE clipless pedals, but more and more, I just go with the old stuff.
Yep, but I'll probably change come warmer weather.theBreeze
Mar 4, 2003 4:09 PM
I switched from primarily mtn biking to road biking about 18 months ago. I already had some dual sided mtn pedals laying around so I put those on my road bike. When I bought some inexpensive road shoes I put SPDs on them because I hadn't really decided what pedals I wanted. They served me well all summer. Sometimes I'd wear the mtn shoes, sometimes the road shoes. Took both on a week tour last July and was glad I did. After riding through a thunderstorm one day I had nice clean and dry shoes the next morning.

My mtn bike shoes are much warmer than road shoes so I have been wearing them all winter. At some point this spring I will change to road pedals.
re: anyone else use mnt, shoes with SPD cleats on their roadbikeNug
Mar 4, 2003 7:32 PM
Lake CX 125s- they consider them a commuter-type shoe, with some rubber on the soles making them very easy to walk in. I find them a little harder to clip in with than my mtn shoes (also Lakes) and 515s, but probably just have to tweak the cleat a bit more. Very inexpensive (try PricePoint).
yes and noJS Haiku Shop
Mar 5, 2003 6:54 AM
for cyclocross, casual riding (read: weekend "social" rides with frequent or extended stops, though i ride these *very* seldom), or very tough mountain rides where there's a good possibility of walking. mtb shoes and 2-sided mtb spd pedals (wellgo/nashbar).

i've found that they're not my first choice for rides where i'm minimizing time off the bike, or for all day or really long rides. look pp296 pedals and sidi genius 4s are used on 90%+ of my rides.