ROAD pedals with an MTB shoe?

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  • druidh
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    Shimano A520 or Ritchey V4 Micro Road. Both take an MTB-style cleat, neither has the “power transfer efficiency” of a proper road cleat though.

    Rambo
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    Shimano do SPD road pedals that you can use.
    They are basically 1 sided spd.

    I got some so I can use the same shoes on all my bikes.

    cynic-al
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    Don’t think you can have your cake and eat it in this instance.

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    Crank brothers quatros are what you want. You can use the same cleats in your crank brothers eggbeaters MTB pedals and use the shoe for dual duties.

    Cake had and eaten!

    druidh
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    cynic-al – Member

    Don’t think you can have your cake and eat it in this instance.

    You can always have your cake and eat it. What you can’t do is eat your cake and have it.

    brakes
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    thanks for the comments, the Shimano A520s were the ones I was considering

    I do like those crank brothers ones though, they look pretty nice
    dual sided entry is beneficial too as my commute has 20 sets of traffic lights in a 4 mile stretch
    is there any float with them? looks like there isn’t

    mtbmatt
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    I just use Crank Brothers Candys on my road bike.

    Your shoes are not the stiffest in the world, so is there really any point in having the most efficient pedals? I doubt there is much difference between MTB and road pedals in any case.

    I don’t think quattros will work with MTB shoes because of the platform size.

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    Float is ok – you can set the release angle to 15 or 20 degree (from memory) and they float up to that point.

    I bought these when I did the Fred Whitton challenge in the Lakes and was unsure if I’d have to walk or not so wanted to use my mtb shoes. I had Spec shoes too and had to just cut away a small amount of grip around the axle to take account of the bulge of the bearing housing on the pedal – nothing major.

    I now use them on the fixed commute bike where the double entry is handy, on my winter training bike when I prefere my warmer mtb shoes to handle the grime, and when I turn my cyclocross bike into a tourer and want to be able to walk around like you. They might not be quite up there with my dura ace pedals on my race bike but they are very good.

    druidh
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    With both the A520 and the Ritcheys, I soon got used to the single-sided entry. The pedals tend to hang at the right angle for a deft slide/clip motion. I didn’t have the frequency of stops you’re referring to though.

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    mtbmatt – as said they work wonderfully. used a set of Spesh mtb shoes and quattros for 4 years now.

    Also, I’d disagree about the shoe flex thing – a flexy shoes needs more supporting. My stupid stiff Northwaves could balance on a knife edge and work well.

    Having said all that – a pair of Candys would do the job just as well in the real world!

    brakes
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    my shoes might not be the stiffest, but I tend to get pain in the sole of my foot from small spd/egg beater type pedals – I figured something with a platform would be a bit more comfortable – I used to use Crank Brothers Mallets and they were less painful

    brakes
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    … those quattros seem a tad pricey though compared to the candys

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    power transfer efficiency of a road pedal

    Eh? some extra hidden power that has up until now remained hidden?

    brakes
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    I’ve got some Specialized BG Comp shoes like this

    and wondered whether any road cleats and pedals would be compatible

    I want the benefits of an MTB shoe for walking around the supermarket, but with the power transfer efficiency of a road pedal

    alternatively are there any MTB pedals which might be somewhere inbetween?

    brakes
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    yep, I read it in New Scientist, they contain Higgs bosons

    brakes
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    they don’t appear to make the quattro anymore!

    sq225917
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    PTE= bollocks methinks.

    I use Spesh MTB shoes with Ritchey Micro road v4 on my XC and road bike, the DH’er gets flatties.

    druidh
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    Dunno if PTE is real, but I sure feel a lot more “connected” and “direct” when using SPD-SLs than any MTB style cleat.

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    I’ve got them shoes and the ritchey v4 pedals after a similar request on here. I’m very pleased with em. 20 sets of lights on a 4 mile stretch no problem – can you not track stand 😉

    brakes
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    I’ve got the sit down, no wobble track stand down to a tee
    but people look at you like you’re a dick

    those ritchey pedals don’t have a particularly large platform on, not much different than SPDs

    druidh
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    Ah but they’re lovely in the flesh.

    brakes
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    I’m thinking Shimano A520 at the moment…

    brakes
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    so I had a look at the Shimano A520s in a shop and they look a bit pants so I’m probably going to go for some Cranks Bros Candys – although I’m not 100% sure why, but one reason is that they’re grey and will match the bike 😀

    woffle
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    another fan of the Crank Bros Candy here though I suspect they’re made of cheese after my 2nd pair fell apart on me. Worries about build quality aside they were/are the best compromise I’ve found between MTB shoe and a decent, double-sided platform for the commute (the London leg has many traffic lights too)

    I’ve used them shoes with some Quattros. I did have to take a bit of the tread out though. worked absolutely fine

    but then there is nothing to stop you using them shoes with eggbeaters anyway. no difference in feel or owt

    I tried candys** with Carnac road shoes. Didn’t work for me – had to switch to road pedals after I went down like a sack of potatoes at a stop. The soles were just too stiff, once in, it was too tight to release in a hurry. Might work with your shoes though.

    ** might have been eggbeaters, can’t remember, although if anything, I would expect candys to be even more affected by the problem.

    mtbmatt
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    Candys work fine with Specialized shoes.

    gears_suck
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    You’re doing a 4 mile commute, and you’re worried about power transfer. P-lease. What a load of crap. I guarantee you’d never know the difference. If I were you, I’d put some flats on and wear my slippers to the office.

    brakes
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    P-lease

    Are you Graham Norton?

    it’s not only used for commuting, sometimes I ride to Waitrose :bird:
    I’ve ordered some Candys

    gears_suck
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    Lol, I knew you couldn’t be only using Tesco. Good choice. I use Candy’s myself.
    Cheers,
    Graham.

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