My name is Graham, I'm currently running some original Crank Bros Mallet Cs on my (CX) road bike and.. and.. well.. I like them.
There, I said it.
But those Mallets are getting pretty ancient now, as are my shoes which are slowly splitting apart at the cleat, so it is probably about time for something new.
So do I seek out a similar MTB-style SPD system (possibly modern Mallets, or Time Atac) or do I take the plunge and get some silly clippy-cloppy roadie shoes?
Most of my riding is commuting, transport or social - but I do put in longer road rides too. I did a 150-odd mile 3-day road ride in the Highlands in the Mallets and didn't feel they held me back particularly.
Pros Of My Current Mallets:
- they support a large area of my foot (all the platform touches show) so they are nice and comfy, without the need for ultra-stiff soles.
- I get to wear normal-ish looking shoes that I can happily wear and walk in when I go to the pub, cafe, shops, park etc
- I can walk up the five flights of stairs when I get to work without wearing out my cleats.
- less efficient?
- look a little odd on full-lycra days
- not Pro
Any thoughts from the mind? Does anyone else favour MTB-style pedals on the road? What you riding with?