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Old 06-15-19, 08:40 PM
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Pedal?

Just curious what pedals you guys use. I've been using SPD but walking in them can be tough. Thinking about changing them.
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Old 06-15-19, 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Weakbikr View Post
Just curious what pedals you guys use. I've been using SPD but walking in them can be tough. Thinking about changing them.
I hope you meant to say SPD-SL.

How much walking do you need to do in you cycling shoes? If it's more than just walking around a convenience store, recessed cleat mountain bike shoes(like SPD-M compatible ones) are your best bet.
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Old 06-16-19, 03:20 AM
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SPD-SL aren't too bad for walking compared with Look Delta. I prefer the Look for riding, but for walking they're like high heels turned backward.
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Old 06-16-19, 05:23 AM
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I don't walk in my cycling shoes.
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Old 06-16-19, 06:54 AM
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I use spd-sl and walk a few feet to the elevator at end of the ride, but they are not good for walking around much if you stop during rides.

In the other hand, spd cleats on mtb shoes are recessed into the soles, and these can be ideal for walking a lot if you get the right shoes.

Just get some mtb shoes and transfer your cleats to them.
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Old 06-16-19, 08:00 AM
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I don't walk much at all in my shoes. but I have the 105 level of the spd-sl and really like them. Don't bother me to walk in them either
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Old 06-16-19, 08:05 AM
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Well it's not like I'm going for a walk around the block but at store stops and such they become annoying. I may look into some mtb shoes or something similar.
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Old 06-16-19, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Weakbikr View Post
Well it's not like I'm going for a walk around the block but at store stops and such they become annoying. I may look into some mtb shoes or something similar.
You didn't make it clear what your have. SPD or SPD-SL.....?
SPD are really, really easy to walk in.
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Old 06-16-19, 09:03 AM
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I apologize. I think I have the spd. I think these are used on MTB pedals but my bike had these installed. I found some pontoons to use with them on my road shoes to help stabilize me while walking. I just ordered some, if I don't like them I may try mtb shoes or just change pedals and cleats. I'd like to go the cheaper route as this is what I have to work with and have gotten used to them while riding. Looks like the spd sl is a different cleat than I have. I will post a pic for clearification.the minimal amount of walking in them I have done has really scraped them up and it feels like I'm walking on ice during store stops. Just not comfortable at all.
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Old 06-16-19, 09:12 AM
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This is what I'm using.
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Walking most important?....maybe try a dedicated SPD mtb/cyclocross/touring/spin shoe with rubber soles.Giro and Shimano offer many models of varying cost and tread aggressiveness.

Stiffness and power transmission* more important than walking?... just upgrade your pedals to road Spd-sl pedals like Shimano 105 or Ultegra level.

*Sorta...that’s not to say mtb shoes can’t be stiff.
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Old 06-16-19, 10:19 AM
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Walking most important?....maybe try a dedicated SPD mtb/cyclocross/touring/spin shoe with rubber soles.Giro and Shimano offer many models of varying cost and tread aggressiveness.

Stiffness and power transmission* more important than walking?... just upgrade your pedals to road Spd-sl pedals like Shimano 105 or Ultegra level.

*Sorta...that’s not to say mtb shoes can’t be stiff.
I may do that, I've gotten used to these shoes so I hate to buy another pair.
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You need real SPD shoes.
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Old 06-16-19, 01:24 PM
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You need real SPD shoes.
What kind would that be? Sorry but I'm still learning.
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Old 06-16-19, 01:30 PM
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2 bolt SPD shoes where the place for the cleats is recessed.
https://www.rei.com/product/129017/p...ike-shoes-mens

Most mountain shoes are like this. They used to make road shoes like this too, but less now.
See pictures
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Old 06-16-19, 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Weakbikr View Post
This is what I'm using.
Get some nice mountain bike shoes, and you'll be good to go. High end mountain bike shoes are stiff enough for road use, and it's easy to walk around in them.
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Old 06-16-19, 02:13 PM
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I gotcha, thanks for the help.
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I just made the switch last month from SPD -> SPD SL. When I was looking at new shoes those I saw some of the shoes were hybrids of sorts like yours that would accept either type of cleat which always puzzled me. My old Shimano mtn. bike shoes had rubber soles and recessed cleats. They are great to walk in. You really wouldn't know they were cycling shoes just walking in them. But having that steel SPD cleat standing proud of the sole of the shoes looked like an accident waiting to happen IMHO. SPD SL's aren't great to walk in but at least they have a little bit of grip with the soft plastic bumpers on the corners of the cleat. Get some real mtn. bike shoes with recessed cleat pockets. You don't have to spend a bunch of money, just find something that is comfortable.
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Yeah I will say to be fair, I've never been super comfortable walking in any cycling shoe. I have a pair of Giro casual shoes and some really nice Mavic MTB shoes. The sole is always going to be way more rigid than a normal shoe. Also, my cleats always make a little bit of noise on pavement and tile. But my feet suck. I think all MTB shoes are a huge improvement over road and will probably solve all your problems.
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Speedplays because they saved my riding. I was having bad knee pain and needed the float that Speedplays have. I wouldn't be riding w/o them. I never walk in my biking shoes, but Speedplay does make a walkable cleat.
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I think your right. I found some online last night that I think will work.
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For walking I like my Vans.
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Originally Posted by Weakbikr View Post
What kind would that be? Sorry but I'm still learning.
SPD cleats protruding from road shoes combines the worst of two worlds. A better answer is to change to SPD-SL for your road shoes. Then you can keep the SPD for mountain bike shoes that permit easier walking, when it's needed, like for tours and the like. For road, SPD-SL is a more positive engagement.
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