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Anyone using road pedals on their gravel bike?

Old 07-18-17, 12:05 PM
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Anyone using road pedals on their gravel bike?

My predicament is that I can't find a decent mtb shoe under $300 but I've got an awesome pair of high end Lake road shoes sitting there doing nothing that I'd love to use. I'm seriously considering throwing on my super light Look road pedals and getting after it. The only real consideration is getting them mucked up by walking in dirt. So has anyone done this and, if so, how much of a concern is getting them dirty as far as usability goes?
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I only own road shoes and pedals, and though I'm predominantly a road cyclist, I've never turned away from dirt roads regardless of condition, all the day down to non-technical single track.

So, I don't see a problem, though, if I were contemplating riding mostly of gravel I might make a change, or go back to toe clips and straps so I can wear street shoes.

As long as your turning pedals the shoe doesn't matter. But you have to consider how often you'll be walking, or putting feet don for any reason. OTOH - if the shoes are sitting there rotting away, you might as well get some use out of them before they fall apart from age.
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What ^^FBinNY^^ said.

I use Crank Brothers on the grinder bike, and Speedplay on the roadie. Doing SAG'd touring and so on-Speedplays get filled with muck or trashed too easily. I scored my Sidi touring shoes for $90USD. My feet love Sidi. Lots of good shoes out there, and there's always a sale somewhere clearancing something.
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I guess I was thinking more along the lines of gravel races. I can't imagine using road shoes and pedals for something like the LandRun 100, where's there's a good chance of mud, is a smart idea. But I guess for normal everyday gravel riding it couldn't hurt. I think I would miss the ability to walk around easier though..
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
I think I would miss the ability to walk around easier though..
Walking around easily isn't the issue. Clipping back in after doing so is.

I tried SPD-SL on my gravel bike. The first time I was on a somewhat mucky trail, I found that I had to use my multi-tool to scrape out the cleats after every time I dismounted.
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
I guess I was thinking more along the lines of gravel races. I can't imagine using road shoes and pedals for something like the LandRun 100, where's there's a good chance of mud, is a smart idea. But I guess for normal everyday gravel riding it couldn't hurt. I think I would miss the ability to walk around easier though..
Choosing pedals and shoes isn't like getting married. it's easy enough to change if it doesn't work out.

Since you already own shoes sitting in a closet, why not give them a try. If it doesn't work for you, you're no worse off than if you bought new shoes today, except for a bit of wear on shoes before they go back into the closet.
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Originally Posted by HTupolev View Post
Walking around easily isn't the issue. Clipping back in after doing so is.

I tried SPD-SL on my gravel bike. The first time I was on a somewhat mucky trail, I found that I had to use my multi-tool to scrape out the cleats after every time I dismounted.
This is kinda what I expected to hear.

Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
Choosing pedals and shoes isn't like getting married. it's easy enough to change if it doesn't work out.

Since you already own shoes sitting in a closet, why not give them a try. If it doesn't work for you, you're no worse off than if you bought new shoes today, except for a bit of wear on shoes before they go back into the closet.
So very true.
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
My predicament is that I can't find a decent mtb shoe under $300
I'd like to ask about this.

I'm not trying to challenge but sincerely interested as I'm thinking of switching from touring shoes I use for gravel and getting real MTB shoes.

Is there an issue specific to you which prevents you from finding good shoes <$300? Or am I just naive?

I would think that $300 would be plenty for a good pair of shoes, no?


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I use crank bro candy pedals on my road, mountain and gravel bikes.
Works for me.
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[QUOTE=TimothyH;19727886]
Originally Posted by shoota View Post
My predicament is that I can't find a decent mtb shoe under $300 /QUOTE]

I'd like to ask about this.

I'm not trying to challenge but sincerely interested as I'm thinking of switching from touring shoes I use for gravel and getting real MTB shoes.

Is there an issue specific to you which prevents you from finding good shoes <$300? Or am I just naive?

I would think that $300 would be plenty for a good pair of shoes, no?


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Of course it's plenty for a good shoe, that's the problem. I want that good shoe for under $200 lol. My requirements: wide, carbon soled, BOA dials. That pretty much limits it to the high end market.
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[QUOTE=shoota;19727924]
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Of course it's plenty for a good shoe, that's the problem. I want that good shoe for under $200 lol. My requirements: wide, carbon soled, BOA dials. That pretty much limits it to the high end market.
Ah, makes sense. For $110 I have wide toe box, boa, and quality material and design...but not carbon sole.
Wild that a carbon sole makes it so much more expensive for the difference in stiffness.
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I'm using Garmin Vector 2 pedals, so Keo cleats. They work great on the bike. Can get all gunked up if I have to stop in mud. Try not to do that. It's been kind of inconvenient at times, but it works. You can usually clear them enough to clip back in by stomping the ground a few times.
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Ha. I actually bought a pair of those off eBay for $130. And for $130 they are pretty good. But they aren't perfect. The soles are flexy and the left shoe's tongue slides down and bunches up down by my toes. I had really high hopes for them but I'm trying out a few things that may help.
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Ha. I actually bought a pair of those off eBay for $130. And for $130 they are pretty good. But they aren't perfect. The soles are flexy and the left shoe's tongue slides down and bunches up down by my toes. I had really high hopes for them but I'm trying out a few things that may help.
Small world.

Good to know because I was considering them. Thanks.


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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Small world.

Good to know because I was considering them. Thanks.


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Do you have wide feet?
If not, get the regular version. The wides are pretty voluminous. I'm thinking the tongue issue I'm having is because there is too much extra room in the shoe. I put some thicker insoles in yesterday and it didn't happen, so *hopefully* that will have solved it. They are very attractive and comfortable shoes however. I might try to keep a look out for the red version too.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I'm using Garmin Vector 2 pedals, so Keo cleats. They work great on the bike. Can get all gunked up if I have to stop in mud. Try not to do that. It's been kind of inconvenient at times, but it works. You can usually clear them enough to clip back in by stomping the ground a few times.
I guess there's only one way to find out I suppose. I need to just put them on and go for it.
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I use Crank Bros. egg beater pedals on my gravel bike (which is also my road bike with a wheel change) and mt. bike. I have a pair of Giro mt. bike shoes that are "decent" and cost less then $300. I'm very pleased with this set up.
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I use Crank Bros. egg beater pedals on my gravel bike (which is also my road bike with a wheel change) and mt. bike. I have a pair of Giro mt. bike shoes that are "decent" and cost less then $300. I'm very pleased with this set up.
Do you have wide feet? Cause I'm pretty sure Giro doesn't make a high end wide mtb shoe with BOA dials.
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Do you have wide feet? Cause I'm pretty sure Giro doesn't make a high end wide mtb shoe with BOA dials.
I do have wide feet. My shoes are Giro Carbide R. No BOA but great shoes.
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I have a pair of Giro Code VR70. No BOA though.
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I really really really like BOA..
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I find BOAs a bit constricting.

As far as the OP question, I use the same pedals I use on the road, but they are SPD trail pedals.

I got a pair of Shimano XC90 for under $200 on Amazon

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I find BOAs a bit constricting.

As far as the OP question, I use the same pedals I use on the road, but they are SPD trail pedals.

I got a pair of Shimano XC90 for under $200 on Amazon
BOAs constricting?? How??
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