Road/MTB Pedals/Shoes Question(s)
If you want to be walking around off the bike, then go for MTB-style shoes and cleats. You can get some very nice, single-sided, SPD pedals like the Shimano A520’s and the Ritchey V4 Pro Micro Roads which look nice on a road bike.
However, proper road-style shoes, cleats and pedals are definitely better for getting the power down.
You’ll no doubt have a comedy fall or two as you forget to unclip at first, but they both release with the same motion/pressure.Posted 8 years agozaskarMember
If you’re happy to spend-then get some proper road pedals and shoes.
You’ll need a stiff mtb to use on a roadbike to avoid hotspot/painful feet and these shoes will be a pain in the butt off road.
Cheap and affective for some.
I bought dedicated road shoes and pedals-comfort and excellent transfer of power.
Just practise clipping in and out in the lounge and stop nice and early/plan your stops until it becomes 2nd nature.
I’m using flats on my touring roadbike (1-23 miles) mainly winter.
My main roadbike I use Ultegra spds but the shimano range varies with weight and works similar. I ride 20-100 miles min on this.
My mtb I use flats in muddy conditions and mtb spds in dry conditions.
Also I can walk on my road shoes abit and my mtb shoes are grippy on rocks.
Think about falling and you will. I tend to unclip a foot through slow movements on my roadbike. Once clear in a few seconds just clip and spin.
If you’re fit-straight to road pedals, if you’re not get some miles with flats until you’re mentally alert for 20 miles then clip in.Posted 8 years ago
I have recently brought a road bike and am contemplating running road pedals on it.I have never riden clipped up before on or off road so this is going to be a challenge!! What are the differences between road pedals and mtb?what would you recommend for a newbie? and which are easier to escape from!Posted 8 years agomarkenduroMember
Road pedals are good when you get used to them, the single sided thing is a bit of a pain.Posted 8 years ago
I use road pedals on my tt bike but for everything else it’s MTB SPD’s they are much easier to walk in, I always feel like I’m wearing 6″ stilletos when tottering about in my road shoes.
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