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Old 04-04-16, 03:30 PM
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Shoe Pedal Compatability

I have been riding for about 6 years now mostly commuting but doing a longer ride about once a month or so. I was recently given set of Look Keo classic(pedals and cleats) and a pair of Shimano SPD shoes, MT42NV, (at different times by different people). Is there a cleat that I can mount on these shoes that would allow me to use the shoes and pedals together? the cleats that came with the pedals are road cleats and do not fit the mold on the bottom of the shimano shoes.
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Old 04-04-16, 03:47 PM
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No. Look 3 bolt pattern surrounds the 2 bolt SPD pattern on hard sole Road shoes where the cleat protrudes from the sole .


I doubt you want to remove cleats repeatedly.
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Old 04-04-16, 04:00 PM
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I know they make adapters to mount SPD cleats on LOOK mount shoes, but I'm not sure about the other way around. Regardless, with any adapter between shoe and cleat, you move the sole further from the pedal axle, causing a tiny bit of foot instability (and you have to raise the saddle a tiny amount as well).
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Old 04-06-16, 11:07 AM
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I would look at either used road/3 bolt shoes. Or used/new MTB/2 bolt pedals:

Shimano M520L Mountain Pedals
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They're incompatible and there's no way of making the shoes work with those pedals unless you grind off the lugs on the soles, drill three properly positioned holes, and install T nuts to hold the cleat bolts. In other words, they're incompatible and there's no way of making the shoes work with those pedals. 8-)

Decide whether you want road pedals and cleats (3 bolt cleats) like you have, or prefer walkable mountain bike type pedals and cleats (two bolt cleats) that are compatible with the shoes you have.

If road: you have to buy new shoes. If MTB you have to buy new pedals and cleats. Cost could easily be comparable either option depending on the price point of the items you buy. Sell the unneeded stuff on ebay or craigslist.
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