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MB Pedal vs Road Pedal

Old 06-24-10, 07:36 PM
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MB Pedal vs Road Pedal

On my new road bike I just had put on a set of mountain Bike Shimano SPD clips. They are more narrow than the road bike style. Has anyone used both and is that much of a difference or would you suggest to just ride on with the MB pedals?

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Dude. Cycling is all about the fashion. You will be smirked at by the cycling fashionistas.

I'm not kidding, it's like wearing a pocket protector to a banquet.
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All of my bikes (2 cyclo, 1 road) have Crank Bros Candies of some sort. Don't give two squats what anyone thinks.
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If you put out a lot of watts, road pedals will give you a more stable and efficient platform. Recreational cyclists won't notice the difference. Mountain bike shoes and pedals do have a lot of advantages.
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Originally Posted by Uni-Vibe View Post
Dude. Cycling is all about the fashion. You will be smirked at by the cycling fashionistas.

I'm not kidding, it's like wearing a pocket protector to a banquet.
Tragically, there's more truth in this than there should be. As a practical matter, though, I've used MB pedals on all my bikes for years, because I wear size 52 shoes and they're too expensive and hard to find for me to color-coordinate them or worry about whether purists will sneer. A friend who used to own a bike shop sold me three pairs of shoes and two sets of pedals at cost and i use them for everything.
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I use MTB pedals and shoes. After reading this forum I always think I must be missing something and have almost bought road pedals numerous times. Then I ride my bike and realize what I have works just fine, especially being able to walk in my cycling shoes.

You could always try some SPD road pedals.
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Old 06-24-10, 10:15 PM
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I use MTB pedals and shoes. After reading this forum I always think I must be missing something and have almost bought road pedals numerous times. Then I ride my bike and realize what I have works just fine, especially being able to walk in my cycling shoes.

You could always try some SPD road pedals.
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Old 06-24-10, 10:54 PM
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road shoes are, for me, way more comfortable for everything i've done ON the bike.

i commute on egg beaters and somewhat floppy shimano spd shoes (that i want to replace with something stiffer eventually).

gonna walk? spd. walking not an issue? spd-sl/look/etc.

happy with what you have? just do your thing. whatever.
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Old 06-24-10, 10:55 PM
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Originally Posted by cooleric1234 View Post
I use MTB pedals and shoes. After reading this forum I always think I must be missing something and have almost bought road pedals numerous times. Then I ride my bike and realize what I have works just fine, especially being able to walk in my cycling shoes.

You could always try some SPD road pedals.
Are there any obvious disadvantages to these? Like you would have with double-sided pedals (one side platform, other side clipless)?

I use MTB pedals and shoes because they are much cheaper in Korea. For especially winter riding, only winter SPD-L shoes I've found have been from overseas retailers, costing about 3x as much as the same model in SPD version from a local shop. So I can't really switch to SPD-L shoes cheaply.

I wouldn't mind trying out road pedals, though.
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Road bike pedals give you a bigger platform than mountain bike pedals (usually). However since most shoes soles are stiff, this isn't really as necessary as it use to be.

Mountain bike pedals give you double sided entry and shred mud. However the tension on mountain bike pedals may not be as high as road pedals.

Road shoes are usually stiffer and lighter than mountain bike shoes. The drawback is that you can't walk as well in road shoes because the cleat is usually exposed.

Mountain shoes are heavier, but you can walk in them. Most mountain bike shoes don't have the 3 hole pattern, while some road shoes have both the 3 and 2 hole patterns.

If I could redo it, I would have gotten some Crank Brothers Egg Beaters some nice mountain biking shoes. I like the Egg Beaters because they are cheap, light, reliable, and are tiny (supposedly gives you better pedal clearance through turns).

It's more common to see mountain bike pedals on a road bike than road pedals on a mountain bike. I do both, and it's kind of a pain to use my road shoes while mountain biking.
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Originally Posted by Uni-Vibe View Post
Dude. Cycling is all about the fashion. You will be smirked at by the cycling fashionistas.

I'm not kidding, it's like wearing a pocket protector to a banquet.
I'd say it's like wearing white after labor day - almost no one cares, and the number of people who care is equal to the number of people who think the people who care are absolutely nuts.

It's very common to use spd's and "mountain" shoes on a road bike. I'd say stick with them. I have a similar size cleat on my commuter bike, just easier.

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I use Shimano SPD on my road bike. I ride around town, casually, social rides, and being able to walk around is a necessity.

I also ride in training groups, and I am probably the only or one of few in mtn shoes. It's my only Fred-ish piece of gear. Has it caused me to be dropped, nope.

When I save up the funds and go all out for a full carbon ultegra+ bike, i'll go road pedals, and leave the mtn for my bad weather-around town bike.
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Old 06-25-10, 12:43 PM
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I'd say it's like wearing white after labor day - almost no one cares, and the number of people who care is equal to the number of people who think the people who care are absolutely nuts.
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I used mountain, then road, now back to mountain. Way more convenient for suburban riding. I took my road pedals and put them on a bike I only ride in the farmlands. I don't mind them when I just clip into them once and unclip when I get back. No, you will not notice a difference in perfomance switching to road pedals. If you would, you wouldn't need to ask.
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Old 06-25-10, 01:12 PM
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lol, thanks.
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Originally Posted by Hot Potato View Post
I used mountain, then road, now back to mountain. Way more convenient for suburban riding. I took my road pedals and put them on a bike I only ride in the farmlands. I don't mind them when I just clip into them once and unclip when I get back. No, you will not notice a difference in perfomance switching to road pedals. If you would, you wouldn't need to ask.
Yeah.

Road Pedals:

1. Are usually 1 sided (Speedplay is the only exception) so you have to look down and sometimes flip the pedal every time you want to clip in. With 2 sided pedals you don't have to (once you get practiced at it, and assuming you only unclipped one foot which you usually do at a stop) which I think is way easier if you have any intersections where you need to be looking at traffic, not down at your pedals on your ride.

2. Don't handle getting dirty very well. If you step in mud, you may not be able to clip in again unless you sit down and clean them off. In contrast, while some designs are better than others, "mountain" pedals are designed to have you walk through mud then clip right back in (something people do in cyclocross). For road pedals, it's an afterthought.

3. Make it difficult to walk around off the bike without putting cleat covers on the cleats. "mountain" pedals are specifically designed to let you do this, again in cyclocross people actually pick up their bike and carry it across obstacles.
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3. Make it difficult to walk around off the bike without putting cleat covers on the cleats. "mountain" pedals are specifically designed to let you do this, again in cyclocross people actually pick up their bike and carry it across obstacles.
This is the sole reason I use Mountain
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Road pedals are better for road cycling. Obviously.

Mountain pedals, being double sided, are much heavier. The shoes are also much heavier.

You walk around for a couple minutes, ride for a couple hours. You choose which is more important.
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The Shimano A520 SPD pedals have a platform around the cleat to help spread the pressure. They are weighted so the right side always faces back to you for ease of entry. They have little depth, if you like to pedal while cornering.
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Originally Posted by cooleric1234 View Post
I use MTB pedals and shoes. After reading this forum I always think I must be missing something and have almost bought road pedals numerous times. Then I ride my bike and realize what I have works just fine, especially being able to walk in my cycling shoes.
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Road pedals are better for road cycling. Obviously.

Mountain pedals, being double sided, are much heavier. The shoes are also much heavier.

You walk around for a couple minutes, ride for a couple hours. You choose which is more important.
None of this is true.

The first line is like saying "My roadster is better on the road than a Camry because it has the word "road" in it!". There's little to no correlation there. At one time a wider cleat had some impact on hot spots and efficiency (maybe), but with modern carbon soled mountain bike shoes it's debatable whether there's any difference whatsoever.

The most expensive, top-end Shimano road pedals have a weight of 278 grams (cleats: 70g) according to their website. The top end Shimano spd's have a weight of 325g (pair). That's 0.7 pounds for both pedals. Hardly anywhere near "much heavier".

I see no reason why you would want to be comfortable on the bike, but uncomfortable off of it. When you could be comfortable on the bike and also fairly comfortable off of it.

Some people prefer road pedals. I even have some myself on my road bike (I probably wouldn't have bought them if I had been using the current "mountain" pedal system I currently have). But the difference is slight to non-existant.
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Maybe it's just me, but, I feal I don't get as much of a loose feal with road pedals as I do with mountain pedals (Shimano SPD-SL on road and Shimano SPD mountain). My feet feel like they are locked in better on a road pedal than a mountain bike pedal,
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Maybe it's just me, but, I feal I don't get as much of a loose feal with road pedals as I do with mountain pedals (Shimano SPD-SL on road and Shimano SPD mountain). My feet feel like they are locked in better on a road pedal than a mountain bike pedal,
Which road and mountain shoes do you use? Are they both carbon soled?
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I have the Sidi 5.5 Genius for the road and the Sidi Dominator 5 mountain shoes.
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None of this is true.
Here we go.

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The first line is like saying "My roadster is better on the road than a Camry because it has the word "road" in it!".
Wrong, it's like saying, "my car handles better on the road than my off-road truck."

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That's 0.7 pounds for both pedals. Hardly anywhere near "much heavier".
LOL, 0.7 lbs is HUGE for just the pedals, especially when comparing two top of the line models. You're looking at close to two pounds once you include the shoes.

It's debatable whether it's worth it to lighten a bike by a few pounds at a expense of thousands of dollars. But to add all that weight just to walk 50 feet at a coffee shop?
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