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New to road riding - difference in MTB & road clipless...(6 posts)

New to road riding - difference in MTB & road clipless...zman994
Aug 5, 2003 11:25 AM
I've been riding my MTB with various time pedals. I just bought a road bike and was planning to use some extra Time MTB pedals on the road bike. Is there a big difference between the road & MTB pedals (other than weight)?
re: New to road riding - difference in MTB & road clipless...eyebob
Aug 5, 2003 12:08 PM
1)weight (as you mentioned)
2) depending on the type, lateral float is different too.

Overall, not that much IMHO. I've ridden the road (on my beater bike) with MTB pedals for a long time without noticing much of a difference. I'd guess that in a sprint, road pedals might have an advantage but I can't think of any other reason.

You'll be fine...biknben
Aug 5, 2003 12:09 PM
Although most of us use specific road pedals and shoes, many of use use Time ATAC pedals on our commuter bikes and beaters. Those that tend to stop and walk around use MTB pedals exclusively.

I commute on ATACs with MTB shoes. The platforms on MTB pedals are smaller and there is more slop (misc. movement) but they will do fine for a while. If you get hooked on the road thing, you may want to consider road specific pedal/shoe combos. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types.
Main difference is in the shoes.MXL02
Aug 5, 2003 12:11 PM
You can use MTB shoes with the pedals, and if you plan to do some credit card touring, it easier to walk in the MTB shoes. I commute in MTB shoes and just keep the on when working...the feel fine...
Thanks for the replies. I wasn't looking forward to new shoeszman994
Aug 5, 2003 12:41 PM
and pedals after buying the bike!
Cleat/sole protrusionKenS
Aug 5, 2003 12:50 PM
The cleats stick out from the sole more on road shoes. If you plan to walk around very much then it is easier to do so with mtb shoes.

Some people claim that mtb setups are more likely to produce "hotfoot" or some other painful burning sensation over long distances. I haven't run into that problem yet. I am using ATACs on all my bikes.