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    I ride look keo and spd

    I have never had to buy new cleats for my spd and I can walk around in them

    My shoes for my keos are better and I have a more positive feel when riding them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    I'm using a $65 set of SPD pedals on a nice, carbon fiber road bike. They weigh about 300 grams. I could have instead spent $400 on a set of road pedals and got 150 grams. Really not worth it.
    Because there aren't any $65 road specific pedals, and the only difference is weight, right? Not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    Hot spots are solved completely with stiff shoes. Then your entire shoe becomes the contact area between your foot and the crank arm.
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    I never heard the word hot spot until I got my cf soled shoes and SPD/SL pedals. It's the only clipless system I've used and was in platform pedals prior to this. I have some food beds coming this week to hopefully help. YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryPitts View Post
    I never heard the word hot spot until I got my cf soled shoes and SPD/SL pedals. It's the only clipless system I've used and was in platform pedals prior to this. I have some food beds coming this week to hopefully help. YMMV
    Yeah, that's your solution? Eating is just a way of coping, it doesn't solve problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatBottomedGirl View Post
    - anything else?

    Any experience on this matter to share?

    Thanks!
    OP - Please don't internalize the "its only a fashion choice" and "there is no reason but small weight savings and stupidity" responses here. There are many other reasons, none of which are relevant to you right now.

    You have a pedal system you like and which works for you. You have 4 pairs of shoes. (I presume that someone with 4 pairs of "clipped" shoes has some miles on those shoes.) There is no reason you can't use what you have. Full stop.

    If you start to ride longer distances (assuming now that your rides now are short i.e. not 40-60 miles per) or you start racing, as you indicate you might, you might find yourself in a position to re-evaluate, but I would take the money you would spend on new shoes and or pedals and invest in a bike fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    YOU......TROLL!!!!!!

    I just get a kick out of saying that. You seem nice enough, actually.
    Yeah, well. I ride:

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    If you already have SPD pedals and shoes, just slap them on, and call it a day. When they need replacing, replace it with some 105 or ultegra SPD - SL. The work completly fine.

    I do prefer the road shoes and pedals since they have a wider and stiffer platform. Standard SPD allow my foot(shoe) to twist more(as in rolling in ankle).

    If buying new, I'd recommend the road version for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbeasley View Post
    I've got speedplays on my roadie and SPDs on my commuter. When the speedplay shoes or pedals wear out I'm switching to SPDs on the roadie as well.
    Take a look at the Speedplay Frog pedals. I switched to them from Crank Bros. and like them a lot. Lots of float and they are extremely easy to clip in and out of. They are my favorite pedal now. Let's me keep using MTB shoes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elduderino2412 View Post
    Your foot won't be as secure on the small SPD platform(not just talking about float) for road cycling. That being said they will work fine. Especially b/c you have no point of reference.
    This really is the only difference for me after lots of miles on both. When I go on a long sprint or am standing trying to get up a steep hill as fast as possible, SPDs aren't as stable, especially when you start to tire. The larger platform of SDP-SLs definately makes a difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icyclist View Post
    I think it more likely that a pedal strike would cause a near instant crash.
    Nope, it's scared the crap out of me, but the tire came back down and the bike was still upright and moving forward. Scary, but not always a guaranteed crash.

    Quote Originally Posted by island rider View Post
    If you start to ride longer distances (assuming now that your rides now are short i.e. not 40-60 miles per) or you start racing, as you indicate you might, you might find yourself in a position to re-evaluate, but I would take the money you would spend on new shoes and or pedals and invest in a bike fit.
    I often ride 60-80 mile rides in SPD, and at decent speeds. I'd like to hear some of the benefits of a road specific pedal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scorer75 View Post
    I often ride 60-80 mile rides in SPD, and at decent speeds. I'd like to hear some of the benefits of a road specific pedal.
    For you, probably none. If you ride that long and are satisfied with your pedals, including your pedal strike, then per my post you do not find yourself in a position to re-evaluate. Why get into it if it doesn't matter to you? So I can convince you to change everything you have over to Look? No need, I'm not selling my pedals.

    Incidentally, the pedal strike thing is one of those "stop, you're both right" situations. If you have a pedal strike the reason you fall is because the rear wheel got lifted off the ground.
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    ok, thank you guys for your insight.

    I will buy SPD pedals for my new bike. This is the cheapest option on the short term, gives me time to try it out. I'll see later with some miles ridden.
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    SPD are fine, I used them for a while before I switched to speedplays. The float on speedplays helps since I'm duck footed on one side.

    Quote Originally Posted by icyclist View Post
    I think it more likely that a pedal strike would cause a near instant crash.
    I've done it and the back wheel went up and out. I don't think I'm the best bike handler, and I didn't go down or take anybody out. It just was very exciting.

    This was with the speedplays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by island rider View Post
    For you, probably none. If you ride that long and are satisfied with your pedals, including your pedal strike, then per my post you do not find yourself in a position to re-evaluate. Why get into it if it doesn't matter to you? So I can convince you to change everything you have over to Look? No need, I'm not selling my pedals.
    It doesn't "matter" per se, but it is an interesting discussion. And if there is in fact a good reason to switch, I'd switch in a heartbeat. Was just looking for input from others. This forum is an amazing resource, and I was looking for some other perspectives from riders that may be more experienced than me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by island rider View Post
    If you start to ride longer distances (assuming now that your rides now are short i.e. not 40-60 miles per) or you start racing, as you indicate you might, you might find yourself in a position to re-evaluate, but I would take the money you would spend on new shoes and or pedals and invest in a bike fit.
    Even if you ride longer distances you won't necessarily need to change from SPD.

    I've ridden a few 200k brevets in my SPDs, and while riding I've ridden with others who ride 600km and longer brevets using SPDs. A few people I've ridden with have done rides like Paris-Brest-Paris and London-Edinburgh-London using SPDs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FatBottomedGirl View Post
    ok, thank you guys for your insight.

    I will buy SPD pedals for my new bike. This is the cheapest option on the short term, gives me time to try it out. I'll see later with some miles ridden.
    ah...

    I'm sorry, butt you can't make a decision yet.

    This thread is not done yet, and we have much more bull to ****...

    thanks for your consideration
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    Sidi Dominators and SPDs are the true fashion choice for long distance riding. Stiff soles are good. Being able to walk around is good. Almost all the local randonneurs use this combo. If you want to be more fashionable, get single-sided SPD knock-offs. I run those in summer and switch to double-sided in winter because they're easier to get into while wearing booties. Did a mountainous 400k in 18 hours with this combo. I know, not fast, but decent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    Being able to walk around is kind of nice. I stopped for lunch at this place once, in my SPDs, and was able to navigate the restaurant. A guy in road pedals fell on his hip on the tile floor. That's an extreme case, but MTB pedals are undoubtedly easier to walk in.
    This is the key reason why I run SPDs on my road bike. Since I'm not a racer, there is a high probability that every time I'm out riding there will be some sort of walking involved (either to the car, to my office, to the coffee shop, etc.). SPD + recessed cleat shoes make this much less trouble than standard road shoes/cleats. I still walk funny but I can actually walk rather than sliding all around on a huge metal cleat on my shoe.

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