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Shoes-Switching from Mountain to Road?

Old 09-21-15, 09:22 AM
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Shoes-Switching from Mountain to Road?

I know the advantages and disadvantages of road shoes and mountain shoes. I currently ride SPD shoes, enjoying the ability to unclip and walk at rest stops (and our unpaved drive). I can not complain about getting three years of riding out of my shoes, but they have developed a fatal tear in them and will have to be replaced shortly. The downsides of my current shoes is weight (over 2 pounds for the pair) and occasional hot spot (if the lacing is too tight). I would like to shed some of this weight. My questions to those of you who have ridden both mountain and road shoes is why did you switch? Which do you prefer?
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Originally Posted by Podagrower View Post
I know the advantages and disadvantages of road shoes and mountain shoes. I currently ride SPD shoes, enjoying the ability to unclip and walk at rest stops (and our unpaved drive). I can not complain about getting three years of riding out of my shoes, but they have developed a fatal tear in them and will have to be replaced shortly. The downsides of my current shoes is weight (over 2 pounds for the pair) and occasional hot spot (if the lacing is too tight). I would like to shed some of this weight. My questions to those of you who have ridden both mountain and road shoes is why did you switch? Which do you prefer? I
started with road and switched to MTB shoes as I liked the ability to walk on all surfaces
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When I started a decade ago, I was on MTB spd and got hot spots and shoe flex. Switched over and haven't looked back. I've walked up a mt in dirt on those roadie cleats and they still clip and out just fine. But the rest of that 9hour day on the bike was clipped in.

Worry about the 95% of the time spent on the bike, not the >5% off the bike.
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Old 09-21-15, 11:34 AM
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Worry about the 95% of the time spent on the bike, not the >5% off the bike.
Yep, and for the other 5% of the time, there's Kool Kovers.
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I ride both. Road for road and mtn. for CX. I prefer road, have Speedplay and keep on covers. Walking is not a problem. For CX there really is no choice since running and jumping is required in races.
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I could only stand road shoes for about a month. Switched to mountain and have never desired anything else. I have a wide foot and I wanted shoes that had very little flex. I ended up going with an upper end specialized shoe. Only the 2nd from most expensive shoe was available in a wide width. It also came with a carbon sole for stiffness. I've been very happy. Going on year five riding the shoes. However, they will get less ride time now that I have purchased waterproof mountain bike shoes.

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Old 09-21-15, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by InTheRain View Post
I could only stand road shoes for about a month.
How come? If you wanted shoes with "little flex" surely road shoes would give that better than a mountain shoe?
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I ride both, but very much prefer road over MTB for a couple reasons.

1. Float--I don't like the float of the MTB cleats. My road cleats have 2 float and the MTB cleats have so much float that I find myself occasionally hitting my heel against the chain stay.

2. Flex--my MTB shoes feel squishy. I don't like the feeling and it doesn't feel very efficient.

3. Walking--the road cleats don't bother me when walking as I always use covers.

However, I now have MTB cleats on both my road and commuter bikes as my winter shoes/boots are MTBs (it's already cold here in Calgary).
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I have used MTB shoes with my Egg Beaters for years. Recently replaced my trusty Diadoras with a pair of Shimano spin shoes, and they are the most comfortable I have ever been on a bike.

Super ventilation and fully lined so they can be worn without socks; LOVE 'em...
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Originally Posted by Flatbroke View Post
started with road and switched to MTB shoes as I liked the ability to walk on all surfaces
I also went from road to mountain pedals and shoes. I do enough off-road riding that I got tired of switching back and forth between two different sets of pedals and shoes. The fact that MTB pedals are easier to clip into, easier to release, and allow me to walk around without fear of twisting my ankle was just icing on the cake. I've yet to encounter any downside to using SPD MTB pedals everywhere...
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Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
I also went from road to mountain pedals and shoes. I do enough off-road riding that I got tired of switching back and forth between two different sets of pedals and shoes. The fact that MTB pedals are easier to clip into, easier to release, and allow me to walk around without fear of twisting my ankle was just icing on the cake. I've yet to encounter any downside to using SPD MTB pedals everywhere...
I have been experimenting with making the transition back myself. I used MTB pedals for years, and eventually used road pedals on my road bike. I still used MTB on the mountain bikes. When I bought my gravel bike I was torn on which to put on on it. I did some research and found what seems to be the best of both worlds. I found some Giro MTB shoes with carbon soles that actually weigh less then my road shoes, and are just as stiff. Then I mated them to Shimano A-600 pedals, which have about the same surface area of my Ultegra's. There have been no hot spot problems even when I did a century ride in this combination a couple of weeks ago.
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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
How come? If you wanted shoes with "little flex" surely road shoes would give that better than a mountain shoe?
The mtn shoes from specialized are as stiff as the road shoes I used from specialized. Every pair of road shoes that I have tried have been too tight - like I said, I have wide feet. I prefer to be able to walk fairly normal in my shoes once I'm off the bike... road shoes were like ice skates.
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Old 09-22-15, 05:58 AM
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Originally Posted by InTheRain View Post
The mtn shoes from specialized are as stiff as the road shoes I used from specialized. Every pair of road shoes that I have tried have been too tight - like I said, I have wide feet. I prefer to be able to walk fairly normal in my shoes once I'm off the bike... road shoes were like ice skates.
This kinda nails it. The comments that mountain shoes are too flexible apply, but only to those mountain shoes. Most manufacturers out there have performance / race oriented mountain shoes. I ride Lakes, which are the same as their road shoes except with two mounting holes instead of three, and a simple rubber pontoon glued to either side of the shoe to give traction. they are light and stiff.

It's these: https://www.amazon.com/Lake-MX236-Car...ain+bike+shoes

Note review pointing out successors are in fact almost the same as the road shoes: Review: Lake?s Fast, Comfortable MX237 Mountain Bike Shoes & CX237 Road Bike Shoes

I ride them so I can have one pedal standard for all my bikes. Simple, and everything can be ridden without compatibility issues. I only get hot spots on shoes that are too flexible.

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Old 09-23-15, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by InTheRain View Post
The mtn shoes from specialized are as stiff as the road shoes I used from specialized. Every pair of road shoes that I have tried have been too tight - like I said, I have wide feet. I prefer to be able to walk fairly normal in my shoes once I'm off the bike... road shoes were like ice skates.
This seems to imply two things:

1) That road shoes don't come in wide sizes. I have wide feet and wide road shoes that fit. I agree that MTB shoes can often be more comfortable, but that is mainly because they're roomier and less stiff, leading to hot foot issues on long (metric and above) rides for me.
2) That the "ice skates" issue is really an issue that can't be solved with Kool Kovers. Not only that but it suggests that you value how the shoe works for you off the bike than on. I personally get on my bike and ride it. When I'm done, I take my shoes off. I'm not going for a 5 mile hike after riding somewhere.
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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
This seems to imply two things:

1) That road shoes don't come in wide sizes. I have wide feet and wide road shoes that fit. I agree that MTB shoes can often be more comfortable, but that is mainly because they're roomier and less stiff, leading to hot foot issues on long (metric and above) rides for me.
2) That the "ice skates" issue is really an issue that can't be solved with Kool Kovers. Not only that but it suggests that you value how the shoe works for you off the bike than on. I personally get on my bike and ride it. When I'm done, I take my shoes off. I'm not going for a 5 mile hike after riding somewhere.
Yup, road shoes can be had in wide sizes. Just as MTB shows can be had both light and stiff.

The skates issue is a function of two things -- a cleat sticking out (covered or not) and stiffness, not allowing for a regular walking gait. Racing MTBs kill factor 1 but not factor 2.

I also use my shoes to ride. But every so often I do stuff like stop at Starbucks. Interestingly, my Road shoe buds usually ask me to go in, as I'm less likely to wipe out.
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Yup, road shoes can be had in wide sizes. Just as MTB shows can be had both light and stiff.

The skates issue is a function of two things -- a cleat sticking out (covered or not) and stiffness, not allowing for a regular walking gait. Racing MTBs kill factor 1 but not factor 2.

I also use my shoes to ride. But every so often I do stuff like stop at Starbucks. Interestingly, my Road shoe buds usually ask me to go in, as I'm less likely to wipe out.
Yeah, walking into Starbucks with Kool Kovers on my SPD-SL shoes isn't a problem. I'm guessing your "buds" don't have them.

Whatever works for you is fine. I'm just saying, the argument about walking in shoes is a non issues for me, as the primary purpose of a cycling shoe is to ride in.
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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
Yeah, walking into Starbucks with Kool Kovers on my SPD-SL shoes isn't a problem. I'm guessing your "buds" don't have them.
Or their balance sucks!
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Yeah, walking into Starbucks with Kool Kovers on my SPD-SL shoes isn't a problem. I'm guessing your "buds" don't have them.

Whatever works for you is fine. I'm just saying, the argument about walking in shoes is a non issues for me, as the primary purpose of a cycling shoe is to ride in.
Since I ride a bike for fitness as well as commute, I find myself walking quite a bit after I get off my bike. I've found my mtb shoes to be adequate for both types of riding as well as walking.
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Since I ride a bike for fitness as well as commute, I find myself walking quite a bit after I get off my bike. I've found my mtb shoes to be adequate for both types of riding as well as walking.
Yeah, for commuting SPDs are a good choice. I have them on my commuter. For long rides (I'm talking 50-100 miles), I don't like them.
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