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Anyone out there uses MTB pedals for their road bike?

Old 06-18-16, 12:13 PM
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Anyone out there uses MTB pedals for their road bike?

just wondering why people use MTB pedals on a road bike.
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Old 06-18-16, 12:18 PM
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what is wrong with you,,,,, what would compel you to ask such a thing ??enjoy a great weekend,
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Old 06-18-16, 12:18 PM
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Because if you're going to do ANY walking with your bike shoes on, MTB shoes are much easier to walk around in (since they usually have some rubber on the bottom for grip).

Take this for example:

MTB____________________________________________________________Road_______________________________________________________
vs

If you're not worried about weight, why not go with the shoe that you can actually walk in?

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Old 06-18-16, 12:38 PM
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who says specific pedals can only be used on mountain bikes?

it's my bike, I equip it the way I want. I tour so I would like to walk off the bike without constantly changing shoes.
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Old 06-18-16, 12:41 PM
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Love mountain bike shoes..Can wear them all day on or off the bike.
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Old 06-18-16, 12:49 PM
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I'm also a MTBer so I want SPD compatible. Not many SPD road pedals plus I like double sided pedals. And MTB pedals are cheaper than road pedals.
Just tried M530 pedals in white and they don't look too bad on a road bike.

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Old 06-18-16, 01:22 PM
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Shimano SPD M-530 pedals on my Colnago. To me, shoe retention is shoe retention and it doesn't make a difference how the pedals are advertised as or what the wannabes say about putting MTB pedals on road bikes. It's my bike! If I need to worry about the difference in the weight, between the two, I'll use the bathroom before my ride and take care of the weight difference.
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Old 06-18-16, 01:53 PM
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I've got a pair of Ultegra PD-6500 SPD pedals on my road bike.

I suppose you could call them half MTB pedals

I like the walkable 2-bolt shoes, although my next hunt will be for lighter walkable shoes.
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Old 06-18-16, 01:54 PM
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iSSi Trail MTB pedals for me. I could have switched to road-specific 2 pairs of shoes ago, but I like to be able to you know, walk places. No reason to switch. Plus, once you get up to the higher-end shoes in a product line, there's quite often a 2-bolt and a 3-bolt version. There's an identical road variant of my 2-bolt Diadoras.

...but then again, by the "standards" of the 41, I don't think I even own a road bike.
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Old 06-18-16, 01:58 PM
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i have flats on my 'roadbike' does that count?
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there was a thread on this just in the last week -- or am I losing my mind?

I do a lot of walking in shoes, so mtb is a no-brainer.
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Old 06-18-16, 02:22 PM
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I'm happy with toe clips on my road and mountain bikes.
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This question seems to be asked with some frequency. For this post and future posts, here are my answers:

1) Do whatever you like without stressing about how it will look, or what others will think
2) Road shoes are great, but have a backup plan in case you get stranded in the boonies because you ain't going to walk far.
3) There is a lot to like about MTB pedals so embrace them.
4) On classic bikes, like my 83 Colnago Super mtb pedals don't look so good, but I use them anyway. I will use old style cleated road shoes with toe clips for rides that don't require a lot of foot down stops, but mostly use mtb with spd shoes.
5) Quite a few roadies I've seen while riding are using spd compatible pedals. Usually Crank Brothers or Shimano
6) Do what you want, like mounting a bell on your way too expensive road bike:

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Old 06-18-16, 03:37 PM
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I use Look road pedals and cleats on my mtb. Only wimps but their foot down or have to walk.
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Old 06-18-16, 04:09 PM
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Not only MTB pedals, but MTB shoes and MTB sandles to go with 'em.

Cuz sometimes there is walking around and socializing to be done along the ride route.
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Old 06-18-16, 07:04 PM
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Yes, Shimano PD-M8000 pedals.

They are marketed as cyclocross pedals but are the same as any other SPD pedal by Shimano.
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Old 06-18-16, 11:43 PM
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Some people use MTB pedals and shoes on their road bike so it easier to walk around in. Mountain bike shoes have a recessed clip and are flexible in the arch to make walking easier. Just like the bike, fit is important so try them on before you buy.
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Old 06-19-16, 12:38 AM
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I use Speedplay's The Frog pedals on my Klein. My Raleigh Record has toe clips and the other two bikes are currently pedal-less. I have a second pair of Frogs, another pair of toe-clip pedals, and several pairs of platform pedals, but those other two bikes need a lot more than pedals.

The Frogs are marketed as MTB pedals, but I use them with Louis Garneau road shoes. The cleats are recessed, but not enough to keep them from crunching on pavement. If I think I'll be doing much walking, I either pack sneakers in my panniers or take the toe-clip equipped bike.

I just got some cheap Exustar MTB shoes from Nashbar, hoping they'd be better all-around shoes than the Louis Garneaus, but I haven't worn them out of the house yet, so I don't know if they really will be better.
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Originally Posted by onlinejin View Post
just wondering why people use MTB pedals on a road bike.
Yep.
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Old 06-19-16, 02:34 AM
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Shimano a 530 a combo spd/flat works great. Nice to use flat for easy crusing inte city and clips for fitness training
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Sometimes the mechanism on MTB pedals is simpler -- Time Atacs and Crank Bros come to mind.

I started out using clips and straps a LONG time ago, then moved to clipless in the form of Time Atacs. Now in the past five years, I have standardised my bikes on Shimano SPD mountain bike pedals and cleats. However, I do have a pair of SPD road shoes and the requisite road pedals for my CF go-fast bike.

I do a lot of long-distance riding as in centuries and randonnees. I would much prefer MTB shoes, cleats and pedals for when I have to get off the bike for checkpoints, toilet breaks and food shopping. I've seen one too many guys slip over backwards walking down ramps and steps with road shoes.
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Shimano Click'r pedals and shoes here. Very easy in/out. I've made a few panic stops and no face plant.
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9/16"x 20 ..
screw any pedal you want onto your bike please your self , You do not need other people's popularity based choices.
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Originally Posted by Slash5 View Post
I'm also a MTBer so I want SPD compatible. Not many SPD road pedals plus I like double sided pedals. And MTB pedals are cheaper than road pedals.
Just tried M530 pedals in white and they don't look too bad on a road bike.

That does look good, in my opinion.
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Old 06-19-16, 04:19 PM
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I use whatever pedals work best for me for the application. Don't care what they're labeled.
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