I've been looking to change my pedal setup but need some advice and recommendations.
Road: Shimano SPD-SL (PD-R540) / SIDI Genius Lorica
Mountain: SPD (PD-M515)/ SIDI Dominator Lorica
I've got a crazy splay-footed (toes turned out) stance. Even with the cleats cranked *all* the way towards my toes, I'm at the very end of the float of the pedals with both setups.
My knees seem to be happy, even without available float, as long as my toes can point outward enough.
I have two reasons that I want to change my setup:
1. I'm doing more and more long-distance (100+ miles), multi-day road riding, and would like shoes I can walk around in, such as my mountain shoes. I've tried the SPDs on my road bike, but I don't feel "locked in" enough for the road, and I feel like the SPD-SL road pedals give me just a *little* bit more angle out for happy knees.
2. I'm about to get a 'cross bike, and am worried about clipping out. On my mountain bike, since I'm at the end of the float range, in order to clip out I have to move my foot the *entire* angle of the float, and *then* that little bit more to clip out. I've gotten better at it, but after 3 years I'm still having trouble, and would like to try something else.
So here are my questions:
1. Is it unrealistic to hope to find a single cleat system (read: shoes) I can use on all 3 bikes?
2. Are there some pedal systems that allow setting of the angle of your foot over the pedal?
3. I've been looking a bit at Crank Bros, but it looks like with the road cleats you can't set the angle of the cleat on the shoe. Is that true? Do the other Crank Bros offer enough of a platform for road riding?
Any other thoughts or advice on this?