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Old 10-12-04, 09:28 AM
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SPD Cleats

It sounds like most road bikers do not like to use spd cleats. What is the thought behide this?
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Old 10-12-04, 09:35 AM
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I couldn't tell you, since I really like mine.
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SPDs? Love them. (Road, that is.)
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Never tried them. Had Look pedals for years...
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Originally Posted by galen_52657
Never tried them. Had Look pedals for years...
Rode Looks. Loved them--except for that squeaking. That's the only reason I abandoned them.
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Originally Posted by rangerov
It sounds like most road bikers do not like to use spd cleats. What is the thought behide this?
Probably a couple of factors:
-- smaller surface area.
-- double-sided... I think roadies are, as a whole, more traditional and typically prefer one-sided pedals. Weight? Aesthetics? Other?

I'm gonna guess that most roadies who use 'em are also mtb'ers.

Originally Posted by Maj.Taylor
SPDs? Love them. (Road, that is.)
are you talking about SPD-SLs?
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Originally Posted by Maj.Taylor
Rode Looks. Loved them--except for that squeaking. That's the only reason I abandoned them.
LOL...can't sneak up for the cheap attack! Look has now come out with a squeak-free cleat...
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Originally Posted by rangerov
It sounds like most road bikers do not like to use spd cleats. What is the thought behide this?
You want to have a large enough platform so that you can effectively transfer the full force of the pedaling motion into the pedal. SPD pedals and cleats are just not big enough. Too much foot movement is allowed.

SPD pedals and cleats allow too much outward and downward movement (there is one word for this, but I don't know it) of the foot. This can lead to all kinds of ankle, knee, or hip pains.

Since the foot wants to press down and out, the small area of the SPD cleat focuses that stress on one point on the sole of your shoes. In my case, that resulted in continuous squeaking from the shoes. That squeaking eventually lead to a crack in the sole. I thought that it was because I had the bottom-of-the- line Shimano shoes. However, when I bought the Shimano 150 road shoes with a carbon sole, the salesman in the LBS told me that that the SPD cleats would damage my new $170 road shoes within a year. That's when I switched to LOOK pedals.

I put LOOK cleats on my old shoes and the results are good. Since the cleat is so large, the cracked area is under the cleat. So those old shoes now work better than ever.
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Originally Posted by LordOpie
I'm gonna guess that most roadies who use 'em are also mtb'ers.
Are you talking about SPD-SLs?
Not at all a MTB'er. Hate it.

I still ride the old SPDs. I'll buy new when the old wear out.
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Originally Posted by Figaro
In my case, that resulted in continuous squeaking from the shoes. That squeaking eventually lead to a crack in the sole. I thought that it was because I had the bottom-of-the- line Shimano shoes. However, when I bought the Shimano 150 road shoes with a carbon sole, the salesman in the LBS told me that that the SPD cleats would damage my new $170 road shoes within a year.
Across three pairs of shoes, no squeaking or cracking here.
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i have spd m959's on all of my bikes- road and mountain. (bmx excepted!) i like them for their double-sided entry, adjustable tension, and a little float is better for the knees. they are tight and trustworthy, and there is no question if whether or not i'm fully clipped in.
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squeaky shoes?? maybe you have squeaky feet. stiff shoes don't flex detectably.
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Started with Speedplay and have never tried anything else...
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Originally Posted by eurotrash666
i like them for their... adjustable tension, and a little float is better for the knees.
you say that like no other pedal has that feature?
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Originally Posted by LordOpie
you say that like no other pedal has that feature?
okay, you got me. they got a purdy color an' all. sniff!
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I love using SPD. Gives me flexibility to wear my mtb shoes on my road bike during my group road rides. I have been riding Ritchey Road Logic Pro SPD (not spd-r) pedals.


I will be replacing them with the new Ritchey WCS V4 Road Pedal that is 200 grams and SPD only.
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Originally Posted by K6-III
Started with Speedplay and have never tried anything else...
Almost definitely my next pedals.
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Love my spd's. I have 3 pairs of shoes and 3 bikes and all are have spd pedals and cleats. They work good and using mountain shoes you can actually walk normal in them. 2 of my bikes are road and one mountain.
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