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SPD-SL pedals on my cyclocross bike

Old 06-20-14, 08:56 PM
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SPD-SL pedals on my cyclocross bike

Hello. I am very new to cyclocross. I have always been riding a road bike hence my shoes are equipped with road cleats.

I just got my a cyclocross and was wondering if it is acceptable to use road pedals and road shoes on my cyclocross. As weird as it may sound i do not intend to use my cyclocross on the mud or unpaved road. I have the bike simply because it was given to me for free. I plan to use it on paved roads when doing casual rides with the family.

Also i intend to use this cyclocross as an indoor trainer bike so second question would be.. is it normal practice to install garmin sensors for speed and cadence on my cyclocross so i can use my garmin edge 500 on both my road and cross bike? i just want to know if everyone uses a speed/cadence sensor on their cross bikes.

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Go for it. If you are not riding CX or even off road, road pedals are fine (so long as you don't need to walk afterwards) The pedals should thread onto the cranks just fine so there is not a compatibility issue. However if you do end up going off road you might want to go SPD mountain style.

I cannot speak to sensors and stuff like that. However I am sure the same idea at the top would apply since you are riding it on roads.
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Like veganbikes said road pedals will be fine as long as you don't plan to be racing cyclocross or off-roading with the bike.

As far as riding it on the trainer goes monitoring your speed is worthless since you're not actually moving. Power, cadence and HR are the metrics to follow.
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Originally Posted by CharlyAlfaRomeo
As far as riding it on the trainer goes monitoring your speed is worthless since you're not actually moving. Power, cadence and HR are the metrics to follow.
On a good trainer, speed can be used to determine power. An extra speed/cadence sensor is a whole lot cheaper than a power meter.

But trainer considerations aside, having speed and cadence on a CX bike (especially one ridden mostly on-road) is just as useful as having it on a road bike. I even run a cheap bike computer (one I don't care about getting damaged) on my CX bike when I race. I find that knowing my speed can be helpful for setting up entry to some of the faster corners.
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Originally Posted by CharlyAlfaRomeo
As far as riding it on the trainer goes monitoring your speed is worthless since you're not actually moving. Power, cadence and HR are the metrics to follow.
Power is the gold standard because power meters are very accurate. Cadence is sort of academically interesting I guess. HR is a very noisy proxy for power.

Speed is actually a BETTER monitor for effort indoors than outdoors. You do have to take pains that the resistance is the same from session to session. Described in excruciating detail in The Obree Way.
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Originally Posted by flargle
You do have to take pains that the resistance is the same from session to session.
This really was my point and I should have said as much. It's really beyond the scope of what most people can reasonably achieve on a consistent basis to bother trying.
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