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mtb shoes with road pedals.....(8 posts)

mtb shoes with road pedals.....mtbmon
Nov 12, 2003 10:03 AM
first, are you guys gonna make fun of me for using some mtb shoes with my road bike? Second, will they even work? Thing is I have three pair of good mtb shoes and it seems silly to buy some new road shoes right now when these might work. Also, it gives my wife something to get me for Christmas, right? Anyway, just wondering if it would work for the time being to use what I have.
When you wear size 15, you don't have much choiceCory
Nov 12, 2003 10:13 AM
Don't worry about it--I've done it for years, because I wear size 15 (Euro 50 or 52) shoes and that's all I could find.
I rode in tennis shoes for decades, because NOBODY made cycling shoes in my size. When they finally started, they began with mountain bike shoes because that's where the market was, and I used MB shoes and pedals for all my bikes. I have four or five pairs now, and I'm not going to throw them away just so my feel look stylish. People occasionally ask me about it, and the posers sometimes point and laugh, but there aren't any issues of function.
wife says one pair of $200 carbon soled cycling shoes is enough!shawndoggy
Nov 12, 2003 10:30 AM
I use my MTB shoes for road riding too. Only downside I've notice after doing this for ten years is corner clearance with double sided mtb spds is tricky in crits with lots of corners. If you aren't going to race, then no worries whatsoever. And there are one sided spd compatible "road" pedals avaialable.

But then again I've never tried road shoes/pedals. People will tell you that they are better. Maybe they are, but if you never try you'll never know. Plus you'll still be able to walk.
which road pedals?cyclopathic
Nov 12, 2003 10:55 AM
I don't think you'd have much luck fitting Look cleats on mtb shoes. Should work with SPD type.
re: mtb shoes with road pedals.....PEDDLEFOOT
Nov 12, 2003 11:53 AM
I use mtb shoes on my road bike during the cold months.I really don't think there should be any problems at all.I currently use Bebop pedals but have also used SPD.Both systems have worked without a problem.Nobody will give you a hard time.
making fungeorge_da_trog
Nov 12, 2003 3:14 PM
I'll make fun of you... but then I'll buy you a beer. Who cares what I think, or anyone else for that matter. Just don't attack when I'm coming off a pull.

ah yes, the oldest "trick" in the book...mtbmon
Nov 13, 2003 6:44 AM
I agree that nothing is more aggravating. The beer on the other hand, is well worth any jeers you throw my way. Consider it a done deal! Start laughing!
I won't. At least not at the moment, and not for this.djg
Nov 13, 2003 7:34 AM
I just put a pair of mtb pedals on my commuter (road) bike, just for convenience (basically, the gym where I shower and change is a block and a half from the garage where I park my bike and wearing mtb shoes means I don't have to cart street shoes with me).

The only issue really is shoe/pedal compatability. Look cleats, for instance, will probably not mount on most mtb shoes--at least not without a certain amount of surgery to the soles of the shoes. Just depends what pedal system you have, really. OTOH, if you are swapping mtb pedals over too, everything will work fine.