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Is it a sin to use mountain bike clipless pedals on a road bike?

Old 06-15-06, 08:18 AM
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Is it a sin to use mountain bike clipless pedals on a road bike?

I'd rather not buy a separate set of shoes and cleats for the road bike. Is there a safety/performance/comfort issue with installing a set of SPD pedals on my road bike and using the shoes I already have?

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Old 06-15-06, 08:19 AM
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Some people say that the small contact area of the cleat could cause comfort problems, but I rode my first road bike with SPD MTB pedals/cleats and it was fine for me. Do what works for you!
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No, tons of people do it.
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I could be wrong, but I doubt you will roast in hell. But if you do, I'll be right there with you. I use SPD on all my bikes. Makes life simple. And I get to wear these:
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in which religion do you believe it would be a sin?
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Originally Posted by dmeiz
I'd rather not buy a separate set of shoes and cleats for the road bike. Is there a safety/performance/comfort issue with installing a set of SPD pedals on my road bike and using the shoes I already have?

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Old 06-15-06, 08:28 AM
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If it is, I'm going to hell, but at least I won't wave to walk like a duck to get there!
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Old 06-15-06, 08:33 AM
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Indeed. I wear MTB shoes as well. So you'll have plenty of company.
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Old 06-15-06, 08:37 AM
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Yes, it's a sin. Check with your local clergy. They'll tell you that you'll go to hell with all the people who wear CamelBaks and pro jerseys.

If it works, do it.

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Old 06-15-06, 08:43 AM
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Heck, I even suggest you use MTB pedals. I wish my road pedals were MTB pedals so I could clip in from both sides.
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It's a fashion sin.
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definately a sin. plus, i will laugh at you. and i know you don't want that.

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Nope...not a sin. My roadie has MTB pedals and I love them. I never even considered road pedals when I went clipless. I like being able to walk normally when I get off of my bike. It sure helped me alot at the race in Philly on last Sunday when I was walking around Manayunk.

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Originally Posted by Impoliticus
Heck, I even suggest you use MTB pedals. I wish my road pedals were MTB pedals so I could clip in from both sides.
Why do you want to ride hanging under your bike. I always clip in on the top of my pedals.
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Old 06-15-06, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by AndrewP
Why do you want to ride hanging under your bike. I always clip in on the top of my pedals.
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Old 06-15-06, 10:56 AM
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I use SPD/MTB shoes. Mainly because the cleats recess into the shoe and you can walk normally vs. doing the duck walk w/ road shoes.

Originally Posted by dmeiz
I'd rather not buy a separate set of shoes and cleats for the road bike. Is there a safety/performance/comfort issue with installing a set of SPD pedals on my road bike and using the shoes I already have?

Thanks,
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Old 06-15-06, 11:02 AM
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hmmm. . .wonder what plane of bike fashion hell is reserved for me?
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Originally Posted by AndrewP
Why do you want to ride hanging under your bike. I always clip in on the top of my pedals.
Better weight distribution, and improved aerodynamics. All the cool kids are doing it.
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Go ahead and do it. (But we'll all talk about you behind your back.)
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Another proud sinner here. There are so many other reasons that I am already a sinner (non-shaver, wearer of jerseys of teams I don't actually belong to, etc.)...why bother reforming.
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Being able to walk in your biking shoes is not a sin.
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I use Speedplay Frogs on my main ride. During my weekday commute I wear more comfortable mountain biking shoes with recessed cleats, so I can walk to and from my office. For my weekend rides I use road shoes and have not had any discomfort with 100+ mile rides.

As long as they are comfortable, do what is best for you.
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They're not MTB pedals or shoes. They're recessed-cleat bike shoes. I have no problem with that advancement.
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If you want a 'roadie looking' SPD pedal, check the Shimano A520.
http://aebike.com/page.cfm?action=de...=30&SKU=PD6484

That's what I put on my new ride, it was my introduction to clipless along with Shimano SH-FN20 shoes. I didn't even know until after I bought the shoes that Shimano calls them 'indoor fitness' shoes aka spinning class shoes. But they were cheap and comfortable, and I just feel like such an outlaw when I ride outdoors with them ....

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