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    Converting Mountain shoes to road shoes? Reccommendations for budget road shoes?

    This might be better suited for the mechanics forum but has anybody ever converted a pair of mountain shoes to road shoes? Would I be better off buying new road shoes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shuke View Post
    This might be better suited for the mechanics forum but has anybody ever converted a pair of mountain shoes to road shoes? Would I be better off buying new road shoes?
    Yes.
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    or put your mtb pedals on your road bike.

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    Depending on the cleat system you want to use. Some quick googling got me some third party Look cleats that can be bolted to a 2-bolt SPD shoe. There's no adapter that I know of. Only a 3- bolt to 2-bolt SPD adapter made by Crank Bros.

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    Mountain shoes it mountain bike pedals. If you are going to use mtb pedals, then they're the shoes to use.
    But they won't fit road pedals. The drilling is wrong and the cleats will hit the pedals. You could cut the cleats off, redrill the shoes and put in threaded inserts but that's a lot of work. Most mtb shoes are also more flexible than road shoes, and that's less comfortable for long rides.

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    Alright so any recommendations for a budget (less than $150) road shoe? My LBS might only carry specialized and possibly Diadora.

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    I bought shimano r086 for under 100 at Performance. I see they have some sale going on now, so maybe shoe prices will be reduced
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shuke View Post
    This might be better suited for the cobblers forum but has anybody ever converted a pair of mountain shoes to road shoes? Would I be better off buying new road shoes?
    fixed it

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    There's a cobblers forum? Maybe I could strike a deal with one of them to do it for me. In all seriousness: Sworks is WAY out of my budget so I'm thinking either '08 Specialized Pro Carbons or '10 Trivents.

    Or '09 Diadora speed carbons?

    I'll see what they have in the store.

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    I know I'm going to regret this, but,
    How do you convert a MTB shoe to a road shoe? Cut away the rubber soul and heal with a knife?
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    Quote Originally Posted by roccobike View Post
    I know I'm going to regret this, but,
    How do you convert a MTB shoe to a road shoe? Cut away the rubber soul and heal with a knife?
    Right. I knew that part but it's more complicated than that because of the cleat attachment holes. MTB pedals have two holes spaced about half an inch apart, road pedals have three holes in a triangle formation which to convert from one to the other would require redrilling and like somebody above mentioned putting new screw-in thingys.

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    If you want to use LOOK style and be able to walk... you are as of 1996, S.O.L. without resorting to complete personal creation. Good news is - Its easy to do if you have the balls to carve your shoes away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shuke View Post
    Alright so any recommendations for a budget (less than $150) road shoe? My LBS might only carry specialized and possibly Diadora.
    the scattante falcones are 99 at performance and they have carbon fiber soles.

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