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Old 07-20-08, 11:08 AM   #1
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road pedals vs Mtb pedals

I have a set of look one sided road pedals that I struggle to clip into once starting out. I am thinking of putting my double sided mtb pedals on the road bike. Not that it is a big deal but have any of you tried this? Were you more successful at clipping in after stopping?
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Old 07-20-08, 11:25 AM   #2
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No reason why it wouldn't work, as long as your shoes have mounting points for the small SPD cleats and not just the big 3 hole pattern for road cleats. I came from MTB too and It just took me a little while to get used to my my single sided road pedals though. I did buy the Shimano PD-A520 which take the same cleats as my MTB pedals so I don't have to switch shoes. The back of the pedal always hangs down, roughly vertical, so when I bring my foot forward to the pedal it pushes the front edge of the pedal forward and lines right up for my cleat.
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Old 07-20-08, 12:12 PM   #3
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I use Crank Brothers Eggbeater pedals on my road bike. This is mostly because I want to be able to walk around when I get off the bike. I'd have to say that my old Look road pedals, equivalent to the current Shimano SPD-SL type, were easier to clip though.
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Old 07-20-08, 12:59 PM   #4
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You may want to look into the Crank Bros. Quattro pedal also. I just got a pair this morning and they are quite nice, double sided road pedals so you can keep your road shoes and the cleat is wrapped in a horse shoe treat for walking in, though you still look like a penguin walking.
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I'm using the M520 pedals on my road bike because that tis what it came with. I will most likely be putting a set on my MTB since I now have the shoes for my road bike any way. You also may want to look at Speedplay's if you want a two sided entry road pedal.
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Old 07-20-08, 01:37 PM   #6
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Hey there - good question. yesterday I spoke to someone in the bike shop - and inquired about changing form road shoes to MTB shoes. They said it may not be easier to clip in/out/ Sometimes it is hard to clip in with the MTB shoes as well. I have decided to stay with my road bike shoes...but I do wonder if it's easier or harder. I got alot of feedback on this subject relating to a ride I went on. See post:
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thanks for the feedback, maybe I just need more practice. FWIW...I have both MTB and road shoes so that won't be an issue.
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Hey there - good question. yesterday I spoke to someone in the bike shop - and inquired about changing form road shoes to MTB shoes. They said it may not be easier to clip in/out/ Sometimes it is hard to clip in with the MTB shoes as well. I have decided to stay with my road bike shoes...but I do wonder if it's easier or harder. I got alot of feedback on this subject relating to a ride I went on. See post:
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AFAICT as with everything else bike related, the industry assumes the only people who ride road type bikes are racers, and racing bike riders do not walk while racing. Mountain bike riders do tend to need to do some walking when riding, and therefore mountain bike shoes have thick sole extensions that recess the cleat, so that if you need to walk while riding, that it is easy to do so, without wrecking the surface or cleat. In some ways I think better terms then road and mountain for pedals and shoes would be non-walking and walking. As many riders on touring and commuter type bikes, who want clipless would be more likely to use mountain pedals and shoes.

If you need to be able to walk (without damaging the cleat or surface your walking on) you want a shoe that recesses the cleat, and buy pedals to match that type of shoe. The advantage of road shoes and pedals is that they are lighter weight.......
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The recessed cleat on the crank bros. cleat/road pedal is why I went with them. I debated this road vs. mt. prior to getting clipless and I guess people talked me into road shoes, I have to say I am liking the lack of weight even in my low end shimano shoes.
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I use Shimano 520's on my road bike and I love them. I often commute with this bike so it's nice to be able to walk from the bike locker into my building and into the shower room, without carrying any type of cleat guard. I also love being able to step down and clip in since it's double sided. I don't have experience with road pedals, but I hear it's not as much of an issue since they are weighted to be always resting in the same position when unclipped, making it easier to clip into them without having to look.
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If you need to be able to walk (without damaging the cleat or surface your walking on) you want a shoe that recesses the cleat, and buy pedals to match that type of shoe. The advantage of road shoes and pedals is that they are lighter weight.......
road cleats certainly don't damage what you are walking on, nor the cleat surface in any terrible way. The parts that do wear down are designed to wear as an indicator of when you might need to change cleats (all cleats go bad after long periods of time road and mtb, it is due to the clipping not the walking around.)

Road ones are a little slippery if you happen to find a spot of wet linolium, but on the road/sidewalk they are safe, you just have the front of your foot sticking up, which is only slightly annoying (cosmetic).

Anyway NO bike shoe is good for walking in, because everything that makes a shoe good for walking makes it terrible for riding (possible exception being those sandels which i have never tried) I once went somewhere and took a 5 mile hike in my mtb shoes, and that throughly convinced me they are not in any way intended for walking around in any long distance.

How long have you had the current cleats? i personally think mtb are easier to get into and out of, but once in i much perfer the feel of the road cleats.
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I'm not sure it's that much easier to clip in. I don't find it hard either way with SPD. I've used both single-sided and double-sided SPD pedals on my road bike. I don't see that it makes that much difference, really.
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I've used look road pedals, single and dual sided shimano spd pedals, and most currently crank brothers eggbeaters and acid (same "core" as the eggbeaters, but with a platform around them). Hands down (or would that be foot down? ) The crank brothers eggbeaters have been the easiest to clip in, only shortly behind the acids (which became easier over time, just had to learn the feel of the pedal a bit more).

IMHO, any of the crank brothers pedals are the best out there currently.
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