/ Road/Mtb Pedals and Cleats
Can anyone think of a solution? Does one exist? Or am I stuck with buying a second pair of new pedals in 6 weeks?
You can get an adapter plate for the shoes.
It fiits the three-hole road shoe patern and allows you to fit a MTB cleat.
Sort of defeats the object of getting road shoes.
It's worth getting decent road pedals though.
the pedals you bought are designed to be used with touring shoes which have a deep recess for the cleat so you dont clitter clatter around when you walk on them
you can have road shoes with 2 hole like shimano 077 or 087 or get a touring shoe, some look a bit roadie others look like trainers (pearl izumi)
I've just ordered some carbon iclick pedals (Look or Time?) which get good reviews. I've partnered them with spesh s works shoes which do up with a tensioned metal cable which is incredible supportive and comfy at the same time. I've paid a bit extra to get a retro plain black leather pair rather than the standard shiny being finish.
The bike shop is setting it all up for me tomorrow then I will be having an hour spin,then take them back for fine tuning. Really good customer service. I'll let you know how I get on as I've never worn cleats in my life. Confirmed flats user on the MTB.
PS Orange are building me a special one off custom built Gyro ( smug smile)
Talk soon and I hope your footwear needs are satisfactorily resolved.
I strongly suggest putting the SPD's on Ebay (if you can't return or trade them in?) and getting some proper road pedals, I changed over in march, and they give you such a better platform to ride on, you feel much more connected to the bike, especially when climbing out of the saddle.
Ideally, I would like to get pedals compatible with my existing MTB shoes - so I don't have to have different shoes. So is there a good reason I shouldn't get SPDs?
If you are aiming to have one pair of shoes, then SPDs are the obvious answer, however road shoes are lighter and more compact with the benefits that brings, but the biggest thing is the size of the cleat and the stability it gives your foot on the pedals when pushing the bigger gears up hills with my old spds I almost felt like my shoes were about to "fall out" of the pedals, and i suppose there was a concious effort required to keep my feet straight where as the spd-sls I now use on the road bike are so much firmer all the effort goes into spinning the pedals
That may not make too much sense, but it's how it feels to me - I feel better connected to the bike.
I bought the Shimano SPD SL 105's.
The SPDs are much easier to use than the Keos, which can be a pain in the arse to use. However the road setup is better on long trips when you might stay clipped in for an hour or longer and it gives you a very firm platform when you're out of the saddle.
Plenty of people use SPDs for mountain and road bike but I've only once seen road pedals on a mountain bike.
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