- How many bikes vs SPD pedals vs cleats vs shoes?
3 x bikes (HT, road and gravel) – I ride them all
3 x sets of pedals but use only 1 and swap these between bikes
2 x sets of cleats but use only 1
1 x pair or shoes (MTB) which naturally I wear across all bikes
Will probably get some road shoes at some point. Not in a rush. Can see myself getting by doing swapsies until then.
What do you have?Posted 4 months agoDezBSubscriber
erm… 4 bikes, each has it’s own set of pedals, one permanently has flats, 2 permanently have spds, main bike swaps between Spds and flats, depending where riding (or whether I can actually be bothered to change the pedals).
3 pairs spd shoes
1 pair Sombrio non-spd shoes
And 2, no 3 pairs of spare spd pedals.
Neeeugh, is comperlicated innit.
(Not counted my bike, which my kid uses, which has flats, but has been known to have spds and he has a pair of shoes (not mine) for each pedal type)Posted 4 months agogeexMember
I have a feeling I may WIN today’s pointless “what do you have” listing thread.
bikes: (all get used)
27.5 Work Hardtail – HT Flats
26″ XC Hardtail – HT Nanos & Shimano XT (trail) SPDs (switch from time to time)
27.5″ XC Hardtail – Steele Ind PO30 Flats
26″ Dirt Jump Hardtail – HT (exotic) Nanos
26″ 4X Hardtail – HT (exotic) Nanos
26″ full 120mm sus slopestyle bike – HT Nanos
170mm Enduro bike – HT (superstar MK1) Nanos
26″ SS DH Bike – HT Nanos
26″ DH bike – Steele Ind PO30 Flats
27.5 170mm Emtb – Steele Ind PO30 flats
Roadbike – Shimano A520 single sided SPDs
20″ Race BMX – Outland flats & Shimano DX SPDs (switch from time to time)
10+ Spare sets of pedals kicking around including Shimano XC spds, shimano DH SPDs, road SPDsl, rooad Look, plastic and Aluminium flats, (VP & Welgos)
8 pairs of Etnies kingpin
6 pairs of Vans (various)
1 pair of 5:10 Impact (unworn)
1 pair 661 Launch SPD – cleated
2 pairs Shimano AM45 – cleated
1 pair Scott SPD shoes – cleated
1 pair polaris road shoes – cleated
1 pair shimano road shoes – cleated
4 pairs of sealskin waterproof socks, 3 pairs of crane waterproof socks, 1 pair of road overshoes
All my non biking shoes are skate shoes too and I ride bikes in those too but I won’t bother listing those.
*Fun fact: I always ride mtb in 2 pairs of socks and never tie my shoe laces except for job interviews, Court apearances and funerals.
*it’s not really fun at all but is 100% factualPosted 4 months agolungeSubscriber
6 bikes. 5 with road SPD’s, 1 with flats, all stay on the bikes at all times.
Plus at least 3 pairs of spare road SPD’s and associated cleats. Plus 2 pairs of MTB SPD’s and cleats. Plus 1 pair of pedals.
2 pairs of road shoes with cleats. 1 pair of MTB shoes with cleats. 1 pair of flat pedal shoes.Posted 4 months ago2tyredMember
Loads of bikes
Each bike has pedals
Whole bunch of spare pedals – flats, SPDs, DXs and SPD-SL, plus some Looks which the kids have.
Whole bunch of skate shoes for flats (Etnies Kingpins are my go-to, but a load of other etnies, Nike SBs, Emericas, Vans old-skools, Cabs, Jazz and slip-ons from who knows when) plus some 5tens and a pair of Scotts I’ve not worn yet but found in the wardrobe last week. For flats I’ll often just put on the first pair that fall out of the cupboard TBH.
SPD race shoes, 3 pairs of commute/general SPD shoes – think they’re all Giro
SPD-SL winter boots, couple of older pairs of road shoes for winter (for under overshoes on proper wet days) – all Shimano
SPD-SL race shoes – pair of Mavic, pair of DMT and a brand new pair of Shimano RP9 that I’m desperate to wear once I’m injury-free in a few weeks’ time!Posted 4 months agogeexMember
Because I like them Dez. Same reason I have 12 complete working and ready to ride bikes. 😉
I could write a disertation about *why* in particular I like Kingpins for riding a bike in over other shoes. Please don’t ask me to though. It could fill whole other thread. The last pair I bought were from molgrips on here after he started a thread moaning about them and I felt sorry for him. 😀 none of my others have been second hand.
Also, because both Vans and Etnies change their product ranges yearly you can’t be sure they’ll be the same shoe year on year or even that they’ll continue to make the model you like.Posted 4 months ago
Vans have pretty much phased out every decent shoe for flat pedal mtb use. The closest they now do is the Pro Skate models, these are ok for BMX use but they aren’t actually tough enough and don’t have a cushioning enough sole for prolongued year round use on a mountainbike.
Now 5bikes (sold 3 this year to proof I need no emotional attachment to inanimate objects, damn I miss that cotic, and now down 1)
full sus x2, XC hardtail, hardcore hardtail & gravel bike (summer & off-road wheelsets)
=fully justified mix of bikes ;0)
pedals mainly spd same on all bikes and v12 on hooligan bike, vaults /spd switch for newest bike
shoes spd 2xwinter ankle and 2x summer (shimano / nw)
2x adi terrex stealth hightop and low
im good for now, no plans for morePosted 4 months agojoemmoSubscriber
1 x CX with M530 SPDs
1 x FS MTB with Saint SPDs / SS Nano
Giro Terraduro, Specialized XC shoes, Adidas Terrex and some really knackered 15+ yr old Specialized shoes that I keep for winter commuting.
All bases are covered for me with this kit, not really sure what I would add that would really extend my riding.. maybe a flatland BMX 🙂Posted 4 months agokiloSubscriber
With Mrs kilo
Five mountain bikes all spd
Six road bikes (3 x time 3x shimano) with road pedals
four road bikes with spds , commuters and an old spare road bike
Three cx bikes all spd
Her tt and track bikes are in the loft with road pedals on them
road shoes, I have three pairs and a set of winter boots Mrs Kilo has three pairs. Two pairs of spd shoes and boot for me, I think Mrs Kilo has five pairs and boots as well.Posted 4 months ago
maybe a stupid question but I’m going to ask it,
why do people need so many road bikes, as a mtb’er first i can understand the need for different bikes,
but isnt a road bike just a road bike (i’m not talking the gravel or aero/triathlon spectrum ends)
surely their is only short distance and fast and then long distance comfort for hills..
do people need 6 road bikes.. or do these bikes become emotionally attached, or do the colours of the bike match your favoruite full kitsPosted 4 months agoAlasdairMcMember
All except the road bike have SPDs permanently, with the road bike on loan so it has a lovely pair of SKS touring pedals (thanks Ton).
2 more pairs of spare SPDs, 2 more flats for very occasional loaning of MTBs
8 pairs of SPD shoes at the moment. Winter boots, 45Nrth winter boots, hiking boots, 3 pairs of Rimes in various conditions, an unused pair of Shimano disco slippers, and some Pearl Izumi trainers that are simply awesome off the bike.Posted 4 months agohjghg5Member
Flats – MTB – 1 pair of shoes
SPDs –4 bikes (commuter, cross bike, fixie, old commuter). Each with their own set of pedals permanently affixed. 2 pairs of shoes.
Powertaps – 4 bikes share one set of pedals (good road bike*, old good road bike**, TT bike, bike that’s at my Dad’s house in Spain). 3 pairs of shoes (old road shoes, new road shoes, tri shoes which I use without socks on the turbo). I do have some spare keo pedals but don’t use them as it’s so easy to switch the powertaps.
*recently crashed and awaiting insurance replacement
**i.e. what was my best bike until I bought the new one, and which has now resumed that position while it is out of action.Posted 4 months agolungeSubscriber
why do people need so many road bikes
Fast summer bike – Carbon rims and frame. Used almost exclusively in the dry and for “proper” rides. It’s light, it’s aero and it’s brilliant fun to ride.
Old fast road bike – Used to be bike #1 but got relegated. Now used for dry, summer commuting, wet weekend rides and faster rides where I don’t want to take #1 out.
Commuter – Tough as old boot, full guards, heavy as the sun. Purely functional, perfect for all weather commuting but not overly fun to ride due to weight and geometry. Used for all commuting when I need lights or when it’s wet, and the occasional tow-path spin.
Fixed gear – Bought as a commuter bike but was the wrong bike for the job. Now used for short spins and the odd bit of canal work.
Cargo bike – Strictly a road bike, shopping and trips into town, never ridden more than 2 miles at a time.Posted 4 months agomeesterbondMember
3 road bikes, 1 CX/Winter bike a TT bike and 2 FS MTB…
They’ve all got pedals on… Speedplay for the road and flats off road. I’ve probably got 5 or 6 pairs of usable pedals in the spares box from various failed experiments… SPDs, Mallets and Candys, there’s some Time road clipless pedals before I saw the light and converted everything road to Speedplay 10 or so years ago.
Goodness knows how many pairs of shoes… there’s probably 9 or 10 pairs in a wearable condition knocking around the house / garage.
And yes, I need all of them (in case my wife reads this).Posted 4 months agoSaxonRiderSubscriber
1 x Road with Look Pedals
1 x Road with Shimano Pedals
1 x CX with Shimano Hybrid Pedals
1 x MTB with Flat Pedals
3 pairs of road shoes, 2 of which have Shimano cleats, 1 of which has Look;
1 pair of MTB shoes, currently languishing with Crank Bros. cleats attached, but no accompanying pedals;
1 pair of waterproof Karrimor walking shoes for use on the MTBPosted 4 months agommannerrMember
Loads of shoes but cleat question is most interesting one. All shoes have cleats on them and there are several new cleats in the spares box for the road bike and MTBs, in the riding pack there is a lightly used set of SPD cleats with bolts and second set of extra bolts.Posted 4 months agomeesterbondMember
why do people need so many road bikes
– Aero carbon road bike
– Lightweight carbon climbing road bike
– Pretty, Italian steel road bike
– Heavy Steel winter / CX road bike
– Time Trial bike
See… all completely different. Besides, the Italian one is red and doesn’t really ‘go’ with my club kit so I absolutely need all of them.Posted 4 months agobenp1Subscriber
4 bikes. 2 MTBs with grippy flats. Gravel commuter with SPD/flat combo pedals. Brompton with flat pedals
1 pair of MTB shoes for flats (with another spare pair for when these die, but haven’t used those yet) (robust enough soles to cope with the pins)
1 pair of SPD shoes used regularly (have a backup pair but only worn a couple of times a year when these get too wet in the rain)
Brompton tends to get used with the same pair of normal shoes (Merrell Freewheel) but also used with any shoes
So technically that’s 4 pairs of bike shoes owned (and used for bike use only), other shoes also have multi usePosted 4 months agotomhowardSubscriber
Road bike – Dura Ace SPD-SL
gravel/commuter – XT Trail SPD
Rigid Fatbike/29er – XTR Trail SPD
FS XC bike – XTR Trail SPD
FS Ebike – Specialized Bennies Flats
FS Trail Bike – XT trail/Race Face Atlas flats, depending on mood
FS Enduro Gnarpoon – XT Trail/Race Face Atlas flats, depending on mood
Shoes are S-works road, S-works XC and 5-10 freeridersPosted 4 months ago
thanks guys , that answers it, no need really, i can understand not taking the best bike out in winter, and a commuter bike. and a steel bike, but otherwise its all the same road,
I’ve tried to slim my bikes down and i think 4 is enough to run 3-6 rides a week and have backup when one ultimately fails, i dont understand owning one bike, got to have at least 2, otherwise like some friends, they cant ride if its brokenPosted 4 months ago
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