Plays in traffic
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
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I use SPD (mountain bike) pedals and cleats on my road bikes because I use my bikes primarily for transport. I need to walk when I get to my destination. Plus, I seem to be able to clip in and out much easier and faster than ride partners with "road" cleats and pedals.
I'm still experimenting with which SPD pedals I like best and for which purposes. Now that they have a few hundred miles on them, I'm beginning to really like the A520s I put on one bike to try out. They're a road-style pedal but with SPD clips and cleats. They spread the pressure out over more of my foot. My other bike has M520s an MTB type. I like that they're double-sided and require no thought to clip into in five o'clock traffic.
Now for shoes, we wear the same size. Lake
makes several models in wide sizes. My first Lakes were their winter cycling boots. They are absolutely the most comfortable shoe I own. I'm currently trying to decide which model to buy for summer.
When you do switch, there's no substitute for lots of practice. My LBS had me ride back and forth in the parking lot, unclip, stop, start, turn around, unclip, stop, start, turn around unclip... for a half hour before they let me ride home. By then, it was already feeling natural. Within a week I was a total convert.