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Can I use Mtb Spd shoes with platform pedals ?

Old 04-27-12, 11:23 AM
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Can I use Mtb Spd shoes with platform pedals ?

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I have an extra pair of Sh-Mt33l Shimano spd shoes. Is it ok if I use it for platform pedals. I use one pair of shoes + cleats with my road bike. I wanted to use the other pair for my commuter( platform pedals). My main concern is, would the platform pedals spoil or damage the sole of the Shimano shoes. Image is as under.
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Originally Posted by atlantis View Post
Hi !

I have an extra pair of Sh-Mt33l Shimano spd shoes. Is it ok if I use it for platform pedals. I use one pair of shoes + cleats with my road bike. I wanted to use the other pair for my commuter( platform pedals). My main concern is, would the platform pedals spoil or damage the sole of the Shimano shoes. Image is as under.
I ride platform pedals exclusively. Why would you not wear regular shoes when pedaling on platforms?

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Walking on them will do more "damage" to the soles than platform pedals.
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Sometimes I will do a 20 mile or so spin on my baby seat having/round town bike with the kid. I always wear MTB shoes. My feet are happier with the stiffer sole.
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Originally Posted by Don in Austin View Post
I ride platform pedals exclusively. Why would you not wear regular shoes when pedaling on platforms?

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Because cycling shoes were made for cycling?

All smartassery aside, long distance, fairly high effort rides go better for me with stiffer soles.
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In general, the more rigid rubber sole of a MTB shoe isn't going to grip platform pedals as well as a street shoe will. Don't be surprised if they're downright slippery even when dry. Don't even think about getting caught in the rain.

If your commute is long enough that you're thinking you need shoes with more rigid soles, it's long enough to justify SPD pedals. I would advise you to get another set of SPD pedals for your commuter, maybe ones that have a platform on one side and SPD on the other so you can still ride that bike in street shoes.
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Thanks for replying !

I used to ride in normal sport shoes, and realized that the soft sole, would get gouged with the alloy pedals. And the shoe or floaters would get damaged. Recently i started riding with spd cleats and the experience was amazing, but after a couple of falls, realized that for city commutes platform pedals would be ok. My commute is about an hour one way, and lots of stop and go's. I would not be wearing these shoes at work or for any walking. These will be exclusively for cycling. My main concern is the sole should not get damaged due to my alloy toothy pedals.
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Cycling shoes have a firmer sole than sports shoes and this is ideal for cycling. Providing you don't fit the cleats then MTB shoes will be perfect for use on Platform pedals. And work it out--Unless you are paying for high end SPD shoes- they are probably cheaper than a pair of Nikes and give better efficiency than a softer soled sports shoe. You would damage the sole of the sports shoes well before the MTB soles.
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You mean without putting the cleat in them?
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
You mean without putting the cleat in them?
Yes without the cleats !
And thank you all for the replies, now I can make good use of my second pair.
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Originally Posted by atlantis View Post
Thanks for replying !

I used to ride in normal sport shoes, and realized that the soft sole, would get gouged with the alloy pedals. And the shoe or floaters would get damaged. Recently i started riding with spd cleats and the experience was amazing, but after a couple of falls, realized that for city commutes platform pedals would be ok. My commute is about an hour one way, and lots of stop and go's. I would not be wearing these shoes at work or for any walking. These will be exclusively for cycling. My main concern is the sole should not get damaged due to my alloy toothy pedals.
I picked up a pair of plastic odyssey platforms. I think they were $15. They're great for a commuter, so cheap they're pretty much disposable, and not nearly as sharp as metal platforms while still providing the solid platform and enough grip that I don't think about them.

Might be worth checking out.
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