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SPD Pedals on a Road Bike(12 posts)

SPD Pedals on a Road Bikelexington476
Apr 21, 2003 5:40 PM
SPD pedals on a road bike? Work well? Have SPD on the MTB and do not want to buy another set of shoes.
re: SPD Pedals on a Road Bikec722061
Apr 21, 2003 5:53 PM
Did not work well for me on long ride over 2 hours. The small contacts on SPD put a lot of burning sensation on my feet palms. I replaced the SPD with SPD-R and the burning went away (I use the same shoes).
Yep...Tower
Apr 21, 2003 6:39 PM
It has worked well for me. Was in the same boat as you are: didn't want to buy another pair of shoes.

I got a pair of Shimano PD-M515 pedals for $35 at the LBS. Couldn't pass them up.

I'm sure at some time I'll switch to road shoes/pedals but these will work for now.
re: SPD Pedals on a Road BikeAkirasho
Apr 21, 2003 7:05 PM
My first set of clipless pedals were the old Shimano 747 used on a Cannondale F500... and since I'd coincidentally purchased my first modern road bike and got laid off at the same time... it made economical and logistical sense to use the same.

Today, I use both SPD (a couple of clones but mostly 747) and LOOK... but still have SPD on a couple TT bikes. I've almost never had the hotspot many folks associate with the small contact area of SPD, even over distance and time.

Be the bike.
re: SPD Pedals on a Road Bikeukiahb
Apr 21, 2003 7:59 PM
works really well for me as I like to be able to walk easily, have not have the hotspot problem either, am using Sidi Dominator shoes, which have a really stiff sole
re: SPD Pedals on a Road BikePjkad
Apr 22, 2003 3:14 AM
Speedplay Frog...another great alternative.
I did that for a few years...worked fine...joekm
Apr 22, 2003 4:41 AM
The big advantage is that it's much easier to walk around or occasionally get off the bike. Mountain bike SPD's with mountain bike shoes did not give me a hot-spot problem. When I bought my road shoes, I did start to get hot spots. I also found it harder to get on and off my rollers as there is almost no tread on these fancy road shoes.

Currently, I use SPD-SL pedals and road shoes for my road bike and, to be honest, they are a lot better than my old double-sided mountain bike SPD's and mountain bike shoes. However, I do at times miss being able to stop, get off the bike, and walk around like a normal person without worrying about wearing out my cleats/shoes and having my toes sticking in the air.
re: SPD Pedals on a Road BikeSuperGnome
Apr 22, 2003 5:51 AM
I JUST bought a roadie and did the same thing. I've only put about 110 miles on it, longest ride was just over 30, and I've had no problems from the setup. I have PD-A515's and use SH-MO37 shoes with em. The only problem I've had is that the shoes are a little narrow and me feet fall asleep, but the cleat size has never been an issue.

Like some others have said, I like to walk like a human.
re: SPD Pedals on a Road BikeMazinger
Apr 22, 2003 5:59 AM
Rode for two years with MTB pedals and shoes on a road bike.

I recently bought road shoes, but still using my MTB pedals.
I just like the way I can clip on either side. Rode shoes did make a big difference. They're a lot stiffer. Of course I did go from $50 Specialized MTBs to $180 Sidis.

Someday I may upgrade to road pedals.
re: SPD Pedals on a Road Bikedcdre
Apr 22, 2003 6:53 AM
No problems. I have the same shimano M515 pedals on both my roadie and MTB. Same shoes. No issues with hotspots people have referred to, even after 9 hours of biking.
SPDs work fine on the road, ignore the "hot spot" misnomerBergMann
Apr 22, 2003 6:55 AM
For starters, view the claim that road shoes are stiffer than MTB shoes with some skepticism.
Take a good look, for example, at Pearl Izumi's Vaper MTB and road shoes -- same thing with rubber tread glued on. Now look at the Sidi Genius 4 and the Dominator 4 -- ditto.

Whether you experience "hot spots" through the sole of one of these shoes has little to do with their designated purpose. Actually, since many SPD designs are stabilized in part by the sole lugs resting on parts of the pedal cage, you will likely have a broader, more stable, and dispersed interface with MTB shoes.

I've used a variety of Shimano SPDs, Ritcheys and now eggbeaters on my road bike. The stiffness of your MTB sole will play a role, but if you're used to a certain amount of pedal feel through the sole off road, you likely won't notice it on the road either.
For several years I rode a medium-stiff pair of Lakes on and off road. I subsequently switched to a set of full-bore Shimano MTB race shoes (320s), and now every time I go back to the Lakes I definitely feel more pronounced pressure through the sole.

In my case, either shoe is still fine for 3+ hours, so I wouldn't worry if I were you. Give it a try, and if you want more protection, get a stiffer set of MTB shoes you can still use on both bikes!
(and ignore the 'misnomer' misnomer)Steve_0
Apr 22, 2003 8:53 AM
though i agree with the assessment.