/ SPD pedals on a road bike?
I've got a pair of mountain bike SPD pedals already (Shimano M520 SPD Pedals), is there any reason not to fit these to a road bike? Most road bikes I see have the SPD-SL pedals/flats. Which I presume use different style cleats...is there any advantage to this style? (...can you still walk about in the shoes?)
like these - http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-pd-r540-spd-sl-sport-pedals/
No reason not to swap onto SPDs as a start.
SPD-SL pedals/Look/time etc - Bigger surface area to put power through, lower profile pedals for less chance of a pedal strike, shoes tend to be better at delivering the power. They are crap for walking about in, but then you shouldn't really need to on road, tottering in to the cafe to buy a coffee and a cake isn't a problem though.
Problem is I use my bike mostly for city commuting, so will also be walking around in my shoes a lot. However, I have a 15 mile commute so perhaps it's worth just carrying trainers in a backpack. Switching from a mtb to a roadie gives me another 20 mins in bed in the morning :P ....seems like there's no perfect compromise. Is it significantly easier riding with the SL's?
Leave your trainers at work? Assuming you trust your work colleagues that is.
SPDs are fine for use on road bikes, it's only convention that folk don't use them. My wife does 70 miles plus on her road bike no problem.
I may be strange, but I find SPD-SL cleets much easier to walk in than metal mountain bike SPD cleets.
with the MTB's arn't they recessed into the shoes so it's like walking in a completely normal pair of shoes?
Depends on the shoe.
I have spds on both mtb and road bike. I find they work great. I'm not really any slower than other club mates with spd-sl. Off the bike I can walk normally. I don't need seperate shoes for road and mtb. If it gets icy; walking in mtb shoes is fine, road cleats would be another problem altogether.
I've got SPDs on my roadbike because I wanted shoes I could walk about in. They are way better than the cages I had before.
> with the MTB's arn't they recessed into the shoes so it's like walking in a completely normal pair of shoes?
That's correct. It's all I've ever used, don't think I'd see a big difference in performance moving to the road shoes. The MTB ones are just convenient.
> Problem is I use my bike mostly for city commuting, so will also be walking around in my shoes a lot.
Stick with the SPDs then.
personally i like to wear high heels round the house although if my girl friend catches me i'll be in trouble.
I used some MTB spds on a road bike along with MTB shoes which I still use on my own road bike with the spd pedals that came with it - the cleats seem to be the same. makes for much comfier walking!
No reason not to do it really, other than looks.
The only real difference between them is that the road cleats tend to be held more firmly, but you can adjust that just like with MTB pedals. I don't believe the stuff about a bigger surface area for better power transfer - it sounds sensible, but if your shoe has a stiff sole then I can't see how it can make a difference.
I prefer road cleats on the road bike, and MTB cleats on the MTB. for touring though, where I might have to do some walking, and I'm rarely giving it the berries like I might on the road bike, then I wear my MTB shoes.
The advantage of course is that I could walk around in my shoes
I'm another with mtb pedals on my road bike I think I have Time's, means I can wear my mtb winter boots when its cold and mtb shoes the rest of the time.
Done a couple of sportives like this, the pedals didnt slow me down just my spare tyre ...
The difference is more in the shoes, proper roadie race shoes are *really* stiff even compared with typical MTB shoes which usually have a little bit of give in them. Only makes a noticeable difference for me when you're climbing or sprinting out of the saddle at full gas though.
For commuting definitely stick with the SPDs.
Another vote for SPDs with MTB shoes here. I can walk about ok in them and on distances up to 80 miles haven't noticed discomfort or hot spots (not done any longer rides so can't comment on that). I did get really good MTB shoes though, with carbon soles, so they're pretty stiff. I got the SPDs as I was nervous about SPD-SLs as a newbie to cleats but just never got round to changing them as they're absolutely fine for what I use them for.
It is against The Rules though.
Well, I've got SPDs on an MTB, a fixie and a road bike. My shoes were a bit past it and so there was much humming and ha-ing. I've got one spare pair of SPD-SL pedals, but no cleats, so I could have bought some road shoes and SL cleats and made do with the old shoes for the MTB and fixie, and then bought another pair of SL pedals in due course for the fixie.
However, the fixie's a commuter and so that's not brilliant.
And - whatever my problem is, it's not being unable to put down enough power through SPD pedals. So I bought a very nice pair of new MTB shoes with carbon soles and stuff.
Shame I bust them after two days. Waiting for a replacement pair now.
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