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Old 09-30-09, 07:52 AM   #1
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Pedal and shoe newbie questions

I've been using good old fashioned platform pedals with clips, but I'm ready to upgrade to clipless pedals. However, I know absolutely nothing about them.

I have one road bike and one mountain bike. Because of my foot size, finding shoes that fit is very difficult, so I started this process by looking for shoes. I have found mountain bike and road shoes that should fit. The mountain bike shoes I'm considering are the Lake I/O 3 and the Shimano MT41G, and the road shoe I'm considering is the Shimano RT80 Road/Touring Shoe. Both have recessed cleat placement (which I like because I want to be able to walk around in the shoes at least a little bit) and are SPD compatible.

Can the shoes I listed be used with the same pedals and cleats? Even if I get mountain bike pedals for my mountain bike and road pedals for my road bike, could I wear the shoes on either bike? And finally, when I shop for pedals on-line (such as Nashbar and Performance), are the prices listed per pedal or for a pair of pedals?

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yes, all of those shoes can use the same style of cleats, so as long as you fit each bike with the same style of pedal, SPD for example, and put the proper cleats for those pedals on your shoes, you'll be fine.
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Most road bike pedals are intended for protruding cleats as in Look, Time and Shimano road pedals. Shimano has two SPD pedals which use their standard recessed MTB type cleats and do not look out of place on a road bike if looks are a concern. The pedals are the A520 and A530. If looks are not a concern go with standard dual sided MTB pedals on both bikes as they are easier to use.

Be careful if buying Shimano pedals as their SPD SL pedals are the type that take protruding cleats, strictly road pedals. The cleats for those pedals will NOT fit the shoes you listed. Shimano road pedals using protruding cleats typically have an R as part of the model number such as R540 or say SPD-SL in the description.

Try to get pedals from the same maker for both bikes as most makers do SPD type pedals that use recessed cleats but the cleats are normally NOT interchangeable between brands of pedals, though all makes should fit the shoes you listed.
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The definition of a road shoe is one that can accept the large road cleat. Those Shimano "road" shoes are not "road" shoes as they have tread on the sides (a road cleat is to big for there to be tread on the side). All those shoes are mountain bike shoes.

For example, here's what a road cleat looks like mounted on a shoe:

That being said, a mountain bike shoe is probably the best choice for a beginner due to the greater ability to put your foot down and get a grip, or walk around in them (because they don't have any tread on the sides in the front, road shoes are slippier to walk around in). you mentioned. :-)

So all those shoes should be compatible with the same cleats, aka any mountain bike cleats. If you already have mountain bike cleats and you like them, stick with those. If you're buying new ones, I personally recommend the Cranky Brothers pedals (eggbeaters, or the other variations of the pedal) or Time ATAC due to the increased float over the standard Shimano SPD's. In my opinion, of course.

Prices listed are for a pair of pedals. I don't think it's even possible to buy a single pedal by itself, they always come in pairs.
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