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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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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2011, 11:57:55 AM »
hahaha...thanks Jonesy. 

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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2011, 04:25:37 PM »
Rules like that make me love MTB racing all the more, be it XC/DH/4X/Dual-Slalom, because you don't have to follow dumb rule to fit in.
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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2011, 04:26:03 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.



be careful with this idea.....

I know of someone who did this until he stood up for a sprint and his left foot came out and he ate chit HARDCORE! he broke 5 bones and was out of work for over 1month which really sucked cause he is self employed.

MTB pedals release much quicker than road..

His saving of $200 cost him thousands...

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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2011, 05:38:50 PM »
Idk, but standing to sprint sounds pretty racer boy serious. A bike is a bike and I stand up to sprint on my mtb all the time and that never happens. Sounfs like SD pedal tension spring fail. Would never happen with the time pedals I use.

But regardless still something to consider.

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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2011, 06:21:24 PM »
Idk, but standing to sprint sounds pretty racer boy serious. A bike is a bike and I stand up to sprint on my mtb all the time and that never happens. Sounfs like SD pedal tension spring fail. Would never happen with the time pedals I use.

But regardless still something to consider.

Far for racer boi, the roadie rides they do have sprint points just like a race in a non race environment.

This was just a PSA that's it.. ride at your own risk...

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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2011, 06:29:11 PM »
Rule #34  Mountain bike shoes and pedals have their place: On a mountain bike.

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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #21 on: July 17, 2011, 07:18:06 PM »
those rules are garbage. i love wearing my FOX jersey on road rides.

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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #22 on: July 17, 2011, 07:38:11 PM »
Peb, I think ur comment was very relevant. And something every budding road  cyclist should consider.  My point was the forces of a Sprint would be the same effort on any bike and if that happens its probably spd pedals and worn tension springs.

It's all good.Alan, I don't even own a road bike so, take my opinions with a huge grain of salt.

And the velo minati rules are funny but  I break em all the time. I wore baggies today and I have a white saddle. 

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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #23 on: July 17, 2011, 08:25:17 PM »
Good stuff. I am pretty comfy with the setup. Pulled 30 mph on a flat land sprint with a low rear tire, mtn shoes/pedals, and a baggy shirt paired with bibs....guess I like to live dangerously.

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« Reply #24 on: July 17, 2011, 11:41:50 PM »

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Re: Pedals & Shoes
« Reply #25 on: September 26, 2011, 10:34:49 AM »
time to read the rules Alan. http://www.velominati.com/blog/the-rules/
Sorry old topic but I had not seen THE RULES.... great read... I like this pic posted on there too: