Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Blacksburg, VA
Bikes: Low-end Cannondale Road Bike (my pride & joy)
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I also use spd MTN shoes on a roadster.
Unless the MTN shoe you wear is drastically larger than the average road shoe, you'd probably experience the same foot-hitting-tire scenario with a road shoe, since the optimal position of your foot ,with respect to the pedal spindle, would not be that different regardless of type of shoe.
Another thing about a road bike: to hit the shoe against the tire, you have to turn fairly sharply. At typical road riding speeds, if you were to turn that sharply, you might have a fun flight over the handlebars
This is unlike MTB riding, where you might often be doing really sharp, technical turns at low speed. The only time you turn this sharply on a roadie, is maybe if you're turning around like a U-turn. In which case, simply remember to keep the crank perpendicular to the ground (12 o'clock/6 o'clock) and just coast through the turn. Make sure if you're turning right, it's the right pedal at 12 o'clock and vice versa--you don't want the pedal hitting ground either. This way, you absolutely avoid any contact between foot with tire--and pedal with ground. This is the price we pay for riding vehicles that don't have engines, or rather, the engines run on PowerBars instead of gasoline.
If you do all this, you won't lock up your wheel and fall on your head