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Mountain Bike Shoe on a Road Bike?? Can I?(12 posts)

Mountain Bike Shoe on a Road Bike?? Can I?BaadDawg
Mar 26, 2003 8:26 PM
I am getting a new road bike (around $3,000 CDN). I will not be racing.

My EEE foot is a major pain to find bike shoes that fit. I found some mountain bikes shoes Diadira Geko that seem to fit. This means I will get spd pedals with the new bike. Will this be ok?

Any suggestions on other models brands that fit WIDE feet?

Some people on the mountain bike forum say you feel the cleat through those shoes, most seem to like them though. Can you use mountain bike shoes spd road pedals and be happy?

Yes, but you might be able to do better with the pedals...PdxMark
Mar 26, 2003 8:35 PM
Some folks love SPDs. They are fine. They are what I started with. But once I tried Speedlay Frogs, I never looked back. Some folks hate Frogs because they dislike the totally free float. I love the float and the easy in and out... There was a thread about them a day or two ago.

You can use MTB shoes with a MTB-compatible pedal on a road bike. Some purists may look down their noses at you, but it's a sombo some folks like.

Some pedals might have longer spindles, or maybe not, I'm guessing about this. But a EEE foot might start getting close to the crank arm. I don't know if there's actually any variation in pedals in this regard.

Enjoy your new bike. What are you getting?
Yes, but you might be able to do better with the pedals...BaadDawg
Mar 26, 2003 9:02 PM
I'm sitting on the fence betweeen a Trek 5200 or a bike designed by the store owner in Gatineau Quebec (Ottawa) Gilles Bertrand who gets Marinoni to build Zona steel frames to his specs. Or I could go custom for almost the same price but after spending 2 hours with me measuring and calculating he says his premade frames will fit me perfect. He designs his frames to have aggressive geometry for power and response but with longer head tubes to allow for less drop between saddle and the bars. He says that for older riders (I'm 51) racing frames just get uncomfortable for most people if they spend long amounts of time on the bike.

It will have braise ons for front and back paniers if I ever want to use it to tour even though its not touring geometry (except for the head tube).

Will get full Campy Centaur, triple (Chorus bottom bracket) Campy Scirroco rims on the Centaur hubs, carbon fork (I have a choice).

He says the trek 5200 is one of the few racing bikes that would be ok for me geometry wise (not quite as comfortable seat to bar wise but do-able. The trek costs about $1,000 CDN more too but I want to ride them both. His design is more practical, given that I could I could tour with it if I ever wanted to, couldn't with the Trek.

I could even get his bike with Ultrafoco tubing instead of Zona for about 400 more but he says I probably would not find much difference in the ride and feel.

Would Frogs fit SPD style shoes?

Would cheaper MTB shoes have too much pedal feel? I don't have alot of choice shoes wise though given my width.
Yes, but you might be able to do better with the pedals...abelson
Mar 27, 2003 7:32 AM
I use Geko's with frogs and no problems here my feet are about a EE.
Nice bike options... custom steel would be sweet nmPdxMark
Mar 27, 2003 8:03 AM
That's almost all I ever do...cory
Mar 26, 2003 8:36 PM
I have a similar problem--size 50/15 feet. For years, I couldn't get cycling shoes at all. When they finally started to show up, I bought a lifetime supply because I'd never seen them before and didn't know if I ever would again.
Later, when road shoes became available, I bought some of those, too. But I have mountain shoes and pedals on a couple of my road bikes, and will have until the shoes wear out.
Consider the Time Cyclo pedal also. I use Diadora MTB to commuteteamsloppy
Mar 26, 2003 9:12 PM
Be sure to evaluate the Time Cyclo pedal. It is a one sided version of the ATAC, with a very wide platform, SPD compatible and a lateral float (automatic Q factor) that should work with wide feet (and bad knees).

I use Diadora Mamba MTB shoes (about the same price as the Geckos) to commute to work on a road bike (with the Cyclo pedals). I don't 'feel' any discomfort from the Cyclo pedal through the sole of the Diadora Mamba shoe.

The cyclo looks like it belongs on a road bike, although the name implies cyclocross (roadbike racing in the mud).

With an MTB shoe, you can 'push-off' at a stop light and beat most slippery-soled roadies off the line with a good 10 foot head start.
re: Mountain Bike Shoe on a Road Bike?? Can I?jtolleson
Mar 26, 2003 9:13 PM
In terms of your need for wide shoes, you may also want to check Sidi Genius Mega (obviously) as well as Carnac, Northwave, and Pearl Izumi. All are great for us wide footed folks.

As far as using atb pedals on a road bike, no worries. For non-racing tourers and others, it is actually extremely common here in Colo. I've always enjoyed SPDs, but a couple of other highly-regarded options will work with your atb set up, including Speedplay Frogs and Time ATACs.
No Problemtheeatkins
Mar 27, 2003 6:19 AM
For training I use Answer Mtn shoes with Speedplay Frog pedals. Using the Frog pedals with those
mtn shoes means I don't have to take them off at any stops during a ride. I've had no problems at all.
Mar 27, 2003 6:56 AM
I have Time ATAC pedals on the bike I use for commuting and touring. If you have to get off the bike and walk around, they're a lot easier. I prefer road pedals for long rides because they have a wider platform, but there is nothing wrong with mtn bike pedals or shoes. Sure, it doesn't look as cool, but who cares?

My feet are wide as well (not EEE though). I've had good luck with Carnac Legend road shoes (I have two pairs).

BTW, I've used Shimano and Time mtn bike pedals. The Time versions are nicer. Simpler mechanism. I think the cheapo $80 all aluminium ones are actually better than the more expensive carbon ones (I tried both and the carbon versions developed a really annoying creak).
oftenJS Haiku Shop
Mar 27, 2003 8:09 AM
often will i put 2-sided mtb pedals on a road bike. why? when walking (more than at a SAG) is a possibility. for extra long rides, though, i prefer a traditional road combo--sidi and look.

use whatever works for you regardless of the "accepted norm".
re: Mountain Bike Shoe on a Road Bike?? Can I?dcdre
Mar 27, 2003 8:31 AM
No worries, no problems. Those of us with wide feet gotta use what we find that fits. Performance Trophy ATB shoes run wide enough for my EE feet. Plus with SPD pedals on both my MTB and roadie, I can use the same shoes on both bikes. A plus in my book.