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Old 07-10-16, 12:16 PM
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clipless pedal options

So I'm finally picking up a road bike and haven't been on one in years and years. For my mtb I've always ridden spd pedals. I like the notion of a recessed cleat so you can walk a bit.

Any "road bike" systems that have a recessed cleat like spds that I should look at? I'm fine going with spds, as that will mean compatibility with my mtb, but just thought I'd ask to see if there was something else I should look at.
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Originally Posted by jack_flack View Post
So I'm finally picking up a road bike and haven't been on one in years and years. For my mtb I've always ridden spd pedals. I like the notion of a recessed cleat so you can walk a bit.

Any "road bike" systems that have a recessed cleat like spds that I should look at? I'm fine going with spds, as that will mean compatibility with my mtb, but just thought I'd ask to see if there was something else I should look at.
Why mess with success? I've used road pedals in the distant past and eventually found no advantage to them and several disadvantages. You can get mountain bike shoes that are every bit as stiff as road shoes and you can walk in them. What's not to like?
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I use spd touring / mtb shoes for both road and mountain bikes.
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Nothing wrong with using SPD's on your road bike --- that said, road bike shoes are generally quite a bit lighter than MTB shoes - thus feel a bit more "spry" during long days in the saddle

There are adapter cleats for 3 hole road shoes to mate up to SPD pedals -- there are also plenty of 2 slot road shoes out there as well
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Don't have any mountain bikes, but my road bikes all have the MTB style SPD pedals.
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If your fit allows you to use SPDs then by all means use them. I only use Speedplay because it gives me a much better fit. I'd love to be able to use mountain bike shoes.
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Originally Posted by prathmann View Post
don't have any mountain bikes, but my road bikes all have the mtb style spd pedals.


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The $40ish SPD mountain bike pedals work great on my road bike. I use a pair of Shimano MTB shoes that fir my widish feet. I've ridden up to 125 mile days with that set-up and no issues.
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Originally Posted by jack_flack View Post
So I'm finally picking up a road bike and haven't been on one in years and years. For my mtb I've always ridden spd pedals. I like the notion of a recessed cleat so you can walk a bit.

Any "road bike" systems that have a recessed cleat like spds that I should look at? I'm fine going with spds, as that will mean compatibility with my mtb, but just thought I'd ask to see if there was something else I should look at.
I use Shimano PD-A520 single sided SPD pedals on my road bike; very nice
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Old 07-11-16, 09:01 AM
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Well, maybe I'll stick with spds then. Thanks folks for the advice to a new member!
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I'd use the same cleats/pedal type unless you have some reason to change. You'll be more use to them, can use the same shoes, etc.
My stoker uses SPD mountain pedals on a road bike, by the way.
Speaking of which- if you look on the Shimano Road pedals box, they are also "SPD" pedals, so that "SPD" term doesn't distinguish them.
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As a bonus - your regular bike shoes will work in just about any spin class!
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Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
Speaking of which- if you look on the Shimano Road pedals box, they are also "SPD" pedals, so that "SPD" term doesn't distinguish them.
The mountain bike pedal is SPD:

SPD - TECHNOLOGIES - CYCLING FOOTWEAR AND PEDALS - LIFESTYLE GEAR - SHIMANO

The road variant is officially known as SPD-SL, though many people get lazy and drop the "-SL":

SPD-SL - TECHNOLOGIES - CYCLING FOOTWEAR AND PEDALS - LIFESTYLE GEAR - SHIMANO
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To add to the confusion, I see that some of the SPD non-SL pedals are also "Road Pedals" per Shimano's terminology.
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Well shame on Shimano. When I say spd, I mean the two-sided traditional spds that were originally marketed as mountain bike pedals. I don't think I'd want a single-sided binding. I've gotten too used to the "kick and go" of the two sided designs.
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