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What's wrong with mtb pedals on road bike?(15 posts)

What's wrong with mtb pedals on road bike?willy2351
May 30, 2003 5:26 PM
I am a recreational road biker, typically riding 30-50 miles at a crack at 16-18 mph. I've only been doing this for a couple of years and the only pedals I have used are a high quality Shimano mountain bike pedal. I like them fine and have no complaints, but also have no frame of reference.

I am going to buy some new pedals to go on a new bike and am trying to get straight whether road bike pedals would be an improvement over what I am currently using. The weight difference seems relatively minor and I like being able to walk around easily in my mtb shoes. Are there any big reasons to shift over to road bike pedals?

Thanks much!
Don't tell these guys, but ...Humma Hah
May 30, 2003 5:35 PM
... I'm doing about the same thing. I'm a singlespeeder, so there's always the possibility I'll need to resort to "the ultimate low gear", getting off and pushing. I have hardwood floors at home, and my MTB shoes are less likely to damage them if I get sloppy and come indoors with the riding shoes on.

Don't pay any attention to the fashion police. If it works for you, that's enough.
Me tooContinental
May 30, 2003 5:52 PM
I like shoes I can comfortably walk in. SPD system works great for me. I do have Shimano A515 pedals, which are SPD pedals that use the same cleat as MTB pedals, but they're one-side and aero-looking for road bikes. . I have a fixed gear road bike with two sided spd MTB pedals. both work great.
re: What's wrong with mtb pedals on road bike?DERICK
May 30, 2003 5:59 PM
I use them also. I like being able to walk if I have to. I use speedplay frogs which are lighter than most road pedals. some people complain about hot spots from the smaller cleat but it sounds like that's not an issue for you. It's never bothered me. If it's working for you I wouldn't change a thing.

As far as style goes I definately wouldn't worry about it. If anyone says something negative about it just wait until they get off their bike and give them a big shove. while they're skittering around trying to recover ask them how they like their shoes now. Just kidding!! Just kidding!!

Have fun and enjoy the new ride.
nothing wrong but....Bruno S
May 30, 2003 6:53 PM
Looks are a very good pedal system. If you think about it it's a scaled up version of SPD. This and the fact that the cleats are plastic make them very easy and soft to clip in or out. At the same time they feel secure and stable. I recommend them over SPD.
I'll probably get M959s...Eug
May 30, 2003 8:02 PM
I'm a recreational rider too (more like 15 mph).

I have M535 on my MTB and M515 on my road bike. I suspect the next pedals I get are simply the M959 MTB pedals. ie. More of the same, but just a bit lighter. I'll probably get less heavy duty shoes too, but I prefer not having separate shoes for road and MTB, and being able to easily walk in my biking shoes.
Nothing at allTrent in WA
May 30, 2003 8:13 PM
MTB pedals are commonly used by randonneurs, who log massive miles on event and training rides, for the reasons you mention. There might be some cases in which road pedals have a functional advantage over MTB pedals, but if you're a recreational rider, you probably won't encounter them.

I used to think SPD were fine...LC
May 30, 2003 8:35 PM
till I tried some real road pedals. I never had hot spots or anything, but they just don't seem to transfer the power as well. I actually used them for years before I knew any better. Now when I try SPD I hate it so much that a ride around the block seems like like I am trying to push on a marble. Even with SIDI road shoes and SPD adaptors they don't feel right and I even feel hot spots now that I am spoiled.
Just curious...Matno
May 31, 2003 4:05 AM
How on earth can you feel hot spots with a sole as stiff as the Sidis have? I don't think I could feel a hot spot with my Sidis if my pedal/cleat interface were 1/4" square. The soles are just too stiff (I've got Sidi Dominators, which is a MTB shoe). Of course, I'm also using Bebop pedals, which have a much larger cleat than SPD's, but I used SPD's before that, and couldn't tell the difference. I've used Looks in the past and thought they were way too clunky (not to mention heavy). Do you think the preferences here are mostly in our heads?
Changed my pedaling styleLC
May 31, 2003 9:26 AM
When I had SPD I was more of a spinner so I never really put that much pressure on my foot. Once I got Looks I felt more stable so I started standing more and even push a larger gear when seated. My legs got stronger and now when I try to do the same thing on the SPD's I get the hot spots.

The shoes are the same, so I know they are not the factor. The Look cleat actually contacts the sole beyond the removable plate so I think that may be a factor. Also the lower stack height and the more stable connection on the Look pedal keep your feet from rotating on top which transfers more power and feels more stable.

It really comes down to your pedaling style and leg strength, which translates to pressure on the pedal. I also started racing shortly after going to Look pedals, so my legs have gotten stronger by a quite a large factor and now i find it very hard to go back to SPD.
re: What's wrong with...?Jeff Rage
May 30, 2003 9:54 PM
I'm a Mtn Biker looking for a road bike to ride when the trails are wet. I was talking to the owner of my favorite bike shop today. I told him I didn't want to buy a 2nd pair of shoes, and if it was ok to put Mtn Bike pedals on the road bike. He said there's no problem at all, and that a lot of his cusotmers do that.
Nothing at allGrand Pooh Bear
May 31, 2003 3:43 AM
I've been doing it for 5 years using Time ATAC Pedals and my profile sound almost exactly like yours. Originally, I did not want to pay for both pedals and shoes, so I opted to put a second pair of MTB pedals on my road bike. I have never had a problem. I now own road shoes and still use the MTB pedals. What you do about pedals is up to you. I don't think you can go wrong either way.
May 31, 2003 7:12 AM
I use Speedplay Frogs on two road bikes and a fixed gear bike. I like being able to walk, particularly if I need to walk any distance for a bike breakdown. I can also walk through my house without fear of damaging a floor.
I have the same pedals on both bikeswink
Jun 1, 2003 7:27 AM
I have a mountain and road bike, put the same pedals on both and use the same shoes primarily for safety. Pedals clip out the same on both.
re: What's wrong with mtb pedals on road bike?mapei boy
Jun 2, 2003 11:10 AM
If you're comfortable with your MTB pedals, stick with them. In my experience, though, LC is right on. Once you've gotten dialed in with a good road pedal, going back to an MTB shoe and pedal is a real pain-in-the-foot.