i sold out and got SPDs
so, i rode my commute this morning clipped in, for the first time ever. i’ve always ridden on flat pedals, SPDs were just something i never considered to be what i needed/wanted to use but having been undecided about pedals on my SS roadrat for the 5 months or so i’ve been commuting daily on it, and also thinking i need all the help i can get for Hit the North, i took the plunge and bought some shimano M530 pedals from on one and a pair of mavic switchback shoes.Posted 5 years ago
and… it felt pretty ace, to be fair! much easier to get power down, and clipping in/out is a doddle with the combo i went for.
the only thing is that i’m used to riding in either vans, etnies or a pair of salomon approach shoes and the move to a stiff soled shoe has left my feet aching quite a bit. does this go away? do the soles soften and flex a bit after a while, or should i maybe look at putting cushioned insoles in them for a bit, until i get used to wearing them?Herman ShakeMember
Try moving your cleats back a touch (millimetres make a big difference here), this should be more supportive. Stiff shoes are good, if you stay on SPDs you’ll be looking for this in your future shoes and probably pay extra for it! Stiffer soles let your foot relax a bit as well as providing a more efficient pedal stroke. I’m back on flats but my carbon Shimano shoes (ebay bargain) were in another league to my nylon Spesh/Shimano MTB shoes.
Read up a bit on cleat placement, incorrect location can lead to injury. As you probably know a good starting point is central, so the axle is under the ball of the foot. Cushioned insoles relieve pressure to the sole and shock through the foot, aching arches are a more structural muscular thing.Posted 5 years ago
cheers guys, it’s obviously still (very) early days and the aching was on the outer edge of my feet, but maybe just a teething thing as they’re fine now, i think it was only because the super stiff shoe is so new to me. i already put some copper grease on the bolts when i fitted the cleats last night, and i’m pretty happy with the positioning but i’ll experiment with moving them about a bit to see if it makes a difference.Posted 5 years ago
no cheap pedals just yet Nick, i’m afraid!mindmap3Member
I’ll be doing the same thing when I start commuting on the bike.
I used to love SPD’s when my riding was more XC oriented, but then I got more into mucking about on jumps and DH runs so became a diehard flat user. I much prefer them off road, but figured I’d better off with SPD’s on road. And my Allez would look silly with a pair of Nano Techs on it.Posted 5 years agochief9000Member
I tend to find that the outside of my feet hurt a little if I have not ridden long distances for a while. After a few rides it seems to go away for me.
I certainly would not saying it is selling out to get some decent pedals and shoes. I can’t ride bike without, being able to pull as well as push on the pedals is a great advantage.Posted 5 years ago
the “selling out” bit was a joke; it’s just that i’ve always said i didn’t want to ride clipped in but i figure it probably makes more sense even though my commute is only 4 miles each way.Posted 5 years ago
i’ll be sticking with nano tech flats (or maybe dmr vaults) for my big playing in the hills and that bike though.NorthwindSubscriber
Fit’s really important on SPD shoes- you’re in one position so something that might have been fine with a little foot shifting ends up being constantly annoying. Worth a little time to get it right.
PS, beware of road rage- I went back to clipless briefly last year and it was all fine, apart from one occasion where I became so furious with a driver that nearly SMIDSY’d me that I forgot I was clipped in- OI YOU **** YOU NEARLY HAD ME OFF ****ING LOOK WHERE YOU’RE GO… UH OH… Clang. Enormously embarassing.Posted 5 years agoVan HalenMember
You will soon be ‘trying’ them off road and then you’ll be clipped in all the time. I only really use flats when its gopping wet now. Or I want to try something stupid. Actually I’ve done a fair few stupid things clipped now so maybe i’m fully converted. I was a total no way never man until I had to commute.Posted 5 years ago
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