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Offline Alan

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Pedals & Shoes
« on: July 15, 2011, 08:15:31 AM »
Curious what you guys use for pedals and shoes.  Right now I'm going to use my mtn bike pedals/shoes until I can save up a little cash for road specific parts.  One thing I want to try to avoid is the huge cleat that I see on many road shoes.  Are there any that are a lower profile similar to the mtb cleat? 

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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2011, 08:34:05 AM »
all roadie cleats are freaking huge from what i can tell..
 i was thinking about going with speedplays though...
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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2011, 08:37:52 AM »
All road pedal systems suck - massive, plasticy, one-sided, etc. The cyborg used eggbeaters on that bike.
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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2011, 08:48:03 AM »
All road pedal systems suck - massive, plasticy, one-sided, etc. The cyborg used eggbeaters on that bike.

i am using eggbeaters no issues
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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2011, 09:03:03 AM »
So the eggbeater cleat will bolt to the bottom of a road shoe?  I was under the impression the bolt pattern was different.

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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2011, 12:16:51 PM »
So the eggbeater cleat will bolt to the bottom of a road shoe?  I was under the impression the bolt pattern was different.

no i am still using my mtb shoes but crank brothers makes an adapter for 3 bolt line up.
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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2011, 01:41:30 PM »
So really the only reason for me to get road shoes/pedals is to avoid being made fun of by the hardcore roadies?  No real functional difference.

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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2011, 01:43:14 PM »
I use Candy Cs on my cyclocross bike even when it's doing road duty. No problems really, there's plenty of support there if your shoes have stiff soles. My fixed gear is outfitted with Quattro SLs which are Crank Bros 'road' pedals. The Quattros came with a 3 bolt cleat though I never used it as I don't have any three bolt road shoes. The Crank Bros 3 bolt is the same as their 2 except it's mounted to a larger plate to hit the three holes in a road shoe and has rubber bumpers like the bottom of a mountain shoes to make them walkable. The Quattros have larger smoother bearings than Crank Bros 'mountain' pedals and may require trimming the bottom of mountain shoes to clear the larger inboard bearing.

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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2011, 01:49:28 PM »
So really the only reason for me to get road shoes/pedals is to avoid being made fun of by the hardcore roadies?  No real functional difference.

Road pedals will typically have a larger platform that better distributes the load across the bottom of your foot. This is really a non issue though if you have good quality shoes that fit well to begin with though. Road pedals on average will have larger smoother spinning bearings and will be available in ultra weight weenie versions. Road cleats are more adjustable for position and angle. They can be shimmed as well to help with any knee geometry issues you might have. Road shoes will tend to be a few grams lighter than a similar 'mountain' model because they don't have the extra rubber and plastic for off the bike traction.

There are definite advantages to road shoes but at the end of the day 'mountain' shoes and pedals are perfectly fine on the road.

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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2011, 05:37:53 PM »
Speedplay or nothing for my knees.

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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2011, 06:17:09 PM »
I use Look Keo pedals with sidi road shoes. I find the larger cleat to be a plus as it spreads out the load to a larger area. I guess if you spin that may not be as important, but for a masher like me it is. When I ran a mtb shoe with time cleats I would get a sore spot on my foot after 50 miles.

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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2011, 07:11:53 PM »
The big advantage to using mnt bike shoes and pedals is that you can walk in them.  If you do organized rides like the MS 150 or the Horrible Hundred you end up walking in sand and dirt. Number one it isnt comfortable..........second you have to clean your cleats with some water from your water bottle to wash off the sand so you can get the  pedal in your cleat   I used Speelplay for years because of knee pain.  When Eddie O'Dea was in town for bike fittings one goal was to have him set the mnt bike cleats so I didnt have the knee pain. FYI it has been great. I feel like a smoker who tells everyone to quit.  By that I mean use your mnt bike pedals on your road bike. I use Crankbrother Candy's. Most of my roady buds use SPD.  Just my opinon

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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2011, 02:20:28 PM »
Alan,

use mountain pedals and mountain shoes. 

No need to spend money on virtually useless items for someone who is riding a road bike for fun.


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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2011, 09:52:28 AM »
time to read the rules Alan. http://www.velominati.com/blog/the-rules/

 

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