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Old 09-27-18, 05:26 PM
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Shoes - Mixed up

I have a pair of specialized shoes that i bought years ago and never used. I have Look Keo pedals and just got some cleats to attach to the shoes. The problem is, instead of having the three holes like on my other shoes that I screwed the cleats into, now I see these shoes have ridges on the sides (I think i originally bought them for mtn biking) and between the ridges is a square of 4 holes, but there is no way my Keo cleats will attach to this. What are these shoes all about??? I forget what i was thinking when i bought them because it was quite a while ago.
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Yes, you have what are typically called SPD cleated shoes. Two of the four mounting holes will be used by the cleat, the second hole pair is for further forward or rearward cleat locations. Perhaps there's an adapter out there but if so I don't know of any. The solution is to get either three hole "road" shoes or use "SPD" type pedals and these shoes. Andy
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are SPD cleated shoes/pedals okay for road bikes?
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Absolutely, some people even prefer them. SPDs on a road bike?
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So, once it's SPD - all the shoes, cleats and pedals should be compatable?? there are not shimano SPD only?
I see mtn bike pedals seem to be more square with bigger platform, I guess there is some advantage to that?
now I have to figure out should i just get another pair of Keo shoes, which I have pedals/cleats for, or should I get the SPD cleat/pedals to go with these old but brand new shoes?
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The biggest difference is the recessed cleat lets you walk in SPD shoes more easily than road cleat types. If that's not an issue for you and you like your current clipless set-up, it's probably not worth converting over. Sell your unused SPD shoes so you recoup some of the money you spent on them?
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These are "Two bolt" mountain bike shoes.

They are called "Two bolt" because only two of the four bolt holes are used. It is OK to use them on road bikes but you will need compatible pedals.

SPD is a Shimano system and those shoes are not exclusively for SPD. There are other systems which use two bolt shoes including Speedplay, Crank Brothers, Time, and others. These are generally not compatible with each other.


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As others have followed with, the bike doesn't care which shoes or pedals you use. The two bolt shoes can fit a number of differing brands/types of cleats/pedals. Not said directly is that seemingly same shaped cleats from differing brands might not be completely interchangeable. Certainly the pedal manufacturers will say to only use their specific cleats with their pedals. Not yet mentioned is that some shoes need some mods to fit/allow function for some pedal/cleat designs. One more reason to buy from a shop that will guide you through this and take responsibility for their suggestions. Andy
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Thanks for all the replies, i've thoughtfully read and considered all of it.
One question, i got these new red Keo cleats that I thought would fit my old (but brand new) shoes. What is the theory - would you use black/gray for mtn bike or red? I don't know all these techie thingy's, i kinda just get on my bike and ride! I know it's about float, but how do i know i'm floating if i think i've only used the black or maybe there grey.
I've been strickly road the past 5-8 yrs, but all of this pedal/shoe stuff comes about because i've decided to get back into mtn biking to some degree, hoping to stretch my season out. plus, many yrs ago i did tons of mtn biking and pretty much did all the trails around here, so enough time has passed that'll it'll be a bit fresh for me.
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To make the point stronger- Keo pedals are not intended for mountain biking. They are road pedals. Their cleats, regardless of the color or float, are road intended. They stick out form a hard and slippery sole (a road shoe), wear quickly on abrasive surfaces and don't tolerate mud/dirt well.

You really need someone to ride with and help you through your growth. We don't know where you reside so we can't tell if there's a local riding group to try out. If there is I suggest you consider it. Andy
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