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Originally Posted by rbloem
Can't decide between the 2? Any opionions would be great. Thanks.
Go mtb if you want:
1. Walkable (i.e. if you tend to walk around when stopped during a longer ride, or use your bike frequently for errands, etc etc);
2. If you tend to prefer dual-sided entry (though some road pedals, e.g. Speedplay I think (?) are dual-sided);
3. If you are not currently currently bothered by 'hot spots' on your feet during longer rides (road pedals/cleats typically 'spread the load' over a wider area, and the shoes tend to have stiffer [sometimes carbon] soles).
Go road if:
1. You don't care about your cycling shoes being easily 'walkable'
2. You don't care about single-sided vs. dual-sided entry (but see above re. Speedplay)
3. You are experiencing 'hot spots'/pressure points during longer rides.
Those are the kinds of things I'd think about. I'm squarely in the 'mtb-style' camp, but (as with saddles) it's a matter of personal preference ultimately.
Oh, and btw ... riding your Giant Rapid on the road with mtb-style pedals/shoes will 'mark' you as a Fred (like me); no getting around it. If that matters, then go road, though you'll also have to ditch the flat-bars ...