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117sm117sm Posts: 3
edited November 2008 in Road beginners
Currently jumping between MTB and Trek Pilot using SPD pedals on both, any adavanage in using road specific pedals on the Trek ? Type ?

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  • fluff.fluff. Posts: 771
    Advantages of road pedals, less weight, bigger pedalling platform.
    Disadvantages, you will need another pair of shoes.
  • redddraggonredddraggon Posts: 10,862
    fluff. wrote:
    Advantages of road pedals, less weight, bigger pedalling platform.
    Disadvantages, you will need another pair of shoes.

    Also road cleats tend to wear down at a really rapid rate, even if you hardly walk on then.
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  • father_jackfather_jack Posts: 3,509
    How come road cleats are plastic, but the MTB SPD's are metal?
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  • nferrarnferrar Posts: 2,511
    Weight probably given how much bigger road cleats are. Mind you I used to have Time pedals and cleats (over 10 years ago) and the cleats were two big lumps of metal so I guess some manufacturers might still do road cleats in metal?
  • father_jackfather_jack Posts: 3,509
    hmm yeah thought of that second I posted it. What if the cleat has a thin sheet of metal, like the strip on the shoe? That way light, but the longevity of metal.
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  • for the vast bulk of people there is very little change in performance, if any.

    If you look at it like this, instead of buying two pairs of shoes for £40 and £60 you can spend £100 on the shoes and have very light, stiff shoes that are more comfy and stay on better. The cleat weight differences between a tiny metal off-road cleat and a large road cleat would probably be outweighed by the difference in the shoes. The pedals aren't going to be a huge amount different either.

    Alternatively look at companies that use the same cleat on and off road, like CB
  • father_jackfather_jack Posts: 3,509
    I've gone down SPL and SPL-SL dual shoe route, because I do a fair bit of walking with SPD but I won't with the SL's
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  • I've got crank bros pedals on two of my bikes, (ss roadie and ss xc bike) but i have a pair of old specialised road shoes in my cupboard that keep tempting me to buy more pedals...
  • I have just seen these on Wiggle.

    Anyone got any experiance of them? It looks a very good deal to my untrained eye...

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/Pearl_Izumi_Flow_Road_Shoes/5360039938/
  • father_jackfather_jack Posts: 3,509
    That is a good offer. I wear Shimano size 46, problem is I know Shimano have own sizing. Going SPD-SL and I wouldn't want those extra holes to weaken the sole. Placed order for Shimano-R086 but won't be in stock till Jan.
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  • Also road cleats tend to wear down at a really rapid rate, even if you hardly walk on then.

    Something I wanted to check. My commuting bike has spds, but my road bike has spd-sl cleats - the yellow ones - and they last about a month. Is this right? I do about 10 miles after work each night and then about 40-60 at the weekend. Should they really be wearing out that quick?
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