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Shimano SDP 540 will work for road bike?

Old 07-10-09, 12:59 PM
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Shimano SDP 540 will work for road bike?

Today discussed about pro's and cons of spd pedals instead of platform pedals. I was to buy a set for my Specialized Roubaix at last. Anyway, I was offered a Shimano set M540 by a friend. Came home with the pedals - and checked the net. They seem to be made especially for MTB. Will they fit on my road bike and if yes, can I buy road shoes - or do they need MTB shoes?
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Yes they will fit. They sell road shoes that have holes for both 3 bolt style cleats and 2 bolt SPD cleats.
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Whatever shoes you buy, I'd recommend having some cleat protection one way or another. Smooth-bottomed road shoes will leave the bare metal cleat out in the open and susceptible to damage, either of the cleat itself or whatever floors you walk upon.

There are MTB shoes that are as stiff as their road-specific counterparts but with knobby treads and almost soccer- or football-style cleats. They'll be safer for walking around, but will have just as much support.
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Thank you- Instead of buying the pedals - I'll go with the free ones - perhaps buy some nice(r) shoes
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I just bought a pair of these pedals (by choice) for my new road bike. I've got some nice MTB shoes that I also wanted to use for road biking, so it makes it easy to share the shoes. I've had road shoes in the past and I don't think there is a huge difference in performance (but I'm a pretty low performance guy). It's a bonus that you can actually walk in the MTB shoes.
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I have the M520s on my roadie, riding with Specialized BG Pro carbon MTB shoes, both acquired when I was only an offroad guy. At first I thought it would be fine, but now that I'm riding centuries and doing more serious hill climbs I can really feel the impact of the smaller pedal platform. The carbon soles prevent pressure points, but I find hotspots developing because of the shoe canting slightly on the downstroke.

IMO if you're going to invest in nice shoes for road riding you might as well make them road shoes. You can pick up workable road pedals for significantly less than the cost of nice shoes.
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Originally Posted by jhmiller View Post
I have the M520s on my roadie, riding with Specialized BG Pro carbon MTB shoes, both acquired when I was only an offroad guy. At first I thought it would be fine, but now that I'm riding centuries and doing more serious hill climbs I can really feel the impact of the smaller pedal platform. The carbon soles prevent pressure points, but I find hotspots developing because of the shoe canting slightly on the downstroke.

IMO if you're going to invest in nice shoes for road riding you might as well make them road shoes. You can pick up workable road pedals for significantly less than the cost of nice shoes.
I use M520's on the MTB's but when I went road I got the A520's. Single sided-longer platform for the feet- about the same retail price and take the same cleat. They are more comfortable on the feet with the same shoe after long milage- And I can recommend them.

And on new shoes- I went for the standard MTB style shoe as you can walk around in them. But I did try on a pair of smooth soled road shoes in the shop and could not walk around in them. And that was without the cleat fitted. Unless walking is to a minimum- i.e door to the bike and you never get off till you get home- Get an MTB style shoe for an SPD pedal.
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