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Mountain v Road pedals and shoes: Pros and Cons

Old 12-13-05, 05:42 PM
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Mountain v Road pedals and shoes: Pros and Cons

I have a pair of SPD mountain bike pedals on my cyclocross bike I use primarily for commuting and recreation. My shoes are getting a little worn and my pedals are about 5 years old. Since pedals aren't all that expensive, I was thinking about getting a pair of road shoes and pedals. Most of my riding and walking is on pavement, and I'll do a moderate amount of off-bike walking.

Before I commit to the switch, I wanted to get some input. I've heard that if you are doing more than a little walking, it might make more sense to stick with mountain pedals/shoes since they are usually more comfortable and easier to walk in. Is this true, or is it worth it to go ahead and get road shoes/pedals? Thanx
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Old 12-13-05, 05:52 PM
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The benefits of having a road shoes is:

1. it's lighter - takes less work to move
2. better ventilation - less hot feet
3. usually a little stiffer for better efficiency

you can always get something in between. Like having road shoes with Speedplays or CB Quattros - where the cleats can be walked on
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I got Shimano mtn shoes so I could walk in them without the cleat hitting the floor and street, but it didn't take long for the tread that brackets the cleat to wear down so that the cleats now do clack on pavement or store floors. Still, you do get a bit of protection for the cleat and the floor and against slipping. I don't wear them in the house.
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Old 12-14-05, 08:23 AM
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I think there is a Benifit to MTB Shoes... easier to walk in. My 0.02

I have a pair of Answer Palisade shoes for warm weather, Very Lightweight.

and a Pair of Lake MXZ301 Winter boots, nice and toasty for Winter!

Both are great for walking. Course I try not to WALK!!!!
 
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I'm a convert from road to mtn shoes. Took a week long tour last summer in road shoes, and by the end of the week I was really tired of of walking like a duck anytime I had to be off the bike. Shopped around and found a pair of Nike mtn shoes that were just as stiff as my road shoes. It's good to be able to walk around without worrying about busting your tail everytime you step onto concrete or other slick material.
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Thanks for the replies - helpful. I've done some other research, and along with your inputs, I think I'll probably stick with mtn shoes/pedals. As I mentioned, I do quite a bit of walking, and am primarily a commuter/rec rider. As such, I'm willing to sacrifice a bit of efficiency (road shoes) for comfort and versatility (mtn shoes). Thanx agan, Alan
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I see more and more roadies converting to mtb shoes, one reason being able to walk out of Starbucks without slipping with a latte in hand.
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I've walked miles in my Sidi Dominators without harm to them or the cleats. Can't imagine doing that with my road shoes. Probably take less than a mile to destroy the Ultegra cleat
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You can use "mountain" snaker-style shoes with road pedals...it's just that your selections are extremely limited.

Pretty much you are going to use either SPD, Eggbeater, or Frogs. Frogs means one pedal for selection, Eggbeaters means one brand for selection.

SPD is a mixed bag, since there are lots of road useable pedals, but some are outright junk, and others may use a special SPD-variant cleat (like my V4pros)....also it seems decent SPD pedals coast about as much as mid-range roadd pedals, but lack replacable cleats (again V4pro...gotta buy a new pedal set when the cleat wears out, due to lack of ANY place selling the cleat).

I do love the V4pro pedals, but there are a lot of disadvantages to them as well...I just tend to like the advanteags of them better....like their SPD variant grips pavement better...so less chance of slippage still.
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