pedals?

leonbradbury
leonbradbury Posts: 15
edited February 2010 in Road buying advice
hi, ive had my road bike for about a month now and im loving it apart from the weather! i think its time to get some pedals and shoes but some people are saying that MTB spd's would be better then road shoes but as far as i can tell the only reason for the spd's is they are esay to walk in, whats best to ride in

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  • Garry H
    Garry H Posts: 6,639
    Performance wise, there's not much to go by. Road cleats are less likely to come unstuck, apparently, but have a bigger platform so are less likely to lead to any pressure problems on the sole of the foot, apparently. Most road systems come with plastic cleats that will wear out in time.

    Just base your decision on whether you need to walk in them or not.
  • willharris10
    willharris10 Posts: 166
    edited February 2010
    spd's if you want a shoe you can walk in, otherwise I use Look pedals. I used to be quite happy to ride my bike with trainers or even flip-flops in the summer just pushing on the pedals from above. Not ideal, but worked ok for very short trips down the road. Otherwise my Sidi shoes and Look cleats were the dogs I thought.
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  • Could I put on flat mtb pedals as well, would they fit just fine?
  • Of course. If you want the best of both worlds, well at least the ability to use a cleat when you want and a normal shoe when you want, then you can get these:

    http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/road-t ... 0000000000
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  • except they're the worst of both worlds.

    TBH mtb stuff is fine as longas you've got decent shoes with a really stiff sole. In terms of performace there is very little between them if you've got good shoes. I'd recommend sidi, my dragon 2 srs vernice are the dogs
  • bobtbuilder
    bobtbuilder Posts: 1,537
    If you get Look Keo pedals, then the cleats come with cleat covers which you can put on over the cleats if you need to walk in them.
  • willharris10
    willharris10 Posts: 166
    edited February 2010
    Ooh that's good. Just ordered some Look Keo's so that'll make a nice change. My old Looks, didn't have that.

    Yes, dual purpose pedals are a compromise. My neighbours in the flat below have the Shimano pedals I listed and love them. Personally I would never change my Looks. They're just too sexy.
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  • Sorry, I didn't mean dual purpose ones i meant the mtb flat ones like these

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Cate ... goryID=209

    Would they fit?

    I've a pair of look ones but wan something for going to the shops.

    cheers
  • willharris10
    willharris10 Posts: 166
    edited February 2010
    I did the exact same thing and swapped my Looks for a pair of regular pedals for the summer and to make riding in flip-flops easier. Swapped them back three days later. They were great but made the bike look like a pile of crap and when I did want to use my clip ins I couldn't. If I did it again, I'd buy the Shimano's I put the link to, or I'd stick with proper road pedals, but I'd never ever put plain pedals on a racing bike. It's a compromise too far.
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  • I have Look Keo 2 Max carbons and they are superb. They do not come with cleat covers.

    Prefer them to my Shimano pedals.
  • bobtbuilder
    bobtbuilder Posts: 1,537
    I have Look Keo 2 Max carbons and they are superb. They do not come with cleat covers.

    Prefer them to my Shimano pedals.

    Weird - I have Look Keo Carbons on both my bikes, and they came with cleat covers both times. Otherwise, you can purchase a pair here: http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/road-track-bike/Look-PEDAL-&-SHOE-CLEATS-SPARES-ACCS-Look-Keo-Cleat-Covers-Pair/LOOKPEDZ210
  • eh
    eh Posts: 4,854
    If you get Look Keo pedals, then the cleats come with cleat covers which you can put on over the cleats if you need to walk in them.

    Which is just stupid, why can't Look design a cleat that isn't so darn cr*p. You don't have this problem if you use Time for instance.
  • Maybe the '2' version does not come with them? I bought 2 pairs and neither had them in the box. If any one has bought the '2' version and got them let me know so I can ask the shop for them :lol:
  • softlad
    softlad Posts: 3,513
    I did the exact same thing and swapped my Looks for a pair of regular peddles for the summer and to make riding in flip-flops easier. Swapped them back three days later. They were great but made the bike look like a pile of crap and when I did want to use my clip ins I couldn't. If I did it again, I'd buy the Shimano's I put the link to, or I'd stick with proper road peddles, but I'd never ever put plain peddles on a racing bike. It's a compromise too far.

    'pedals' fella - not peddles.....sorry, but it was bugging me....
  • Damn, new there was something looking wrong there! Thanks! (Sorry - let me edit it out!)
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    Winter - Condor Bivio - cyclocross bike for commuting, cycle paths & rainy days - brilliant

    LBS - Sigma Sport in Hampton Wick - Simply the best LBS
    Stolen - 2001 Specialized Allez Elite :-(
  • cal_stewart
    cal_stewart Posts: 1,840
    mtb pedals on a road bike is the same as jap gears on a italian bike in my book.
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  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,483
    mtb pedals on a road bike is the same as jap gears on a italian bike in my book.

    What, things that losers get themselves worked up over for stupid reasons?

    Yeah I agree.
  • If you get Look Keo pedals, then the cleats come with cleat covers which you can put on over the cleats if you need to walk in them.

    Not entirely true, with both pairs of cleats I purchased, I had to buy the covers separately... you don't get them with the pedals either...
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  • bobtbuilder
    bobtbuilder Posts: 1,537
    jrduquemin wrote:
    If you get Look Keo pedals, then the cleats come with cleat covers which you can put on over the cleats if you need to walk in them.

    Not entirely true, with both pairs of cleats I purchased, I had to buy the covers separately... you don't get them with the pedals either...

    Clearly includes cleat covers: http://www.highonbikes.com/look-keo-carbon-cromo-clipless-road-bike-pedals.html
  • skyd0g
    skyd0g Posts: 2,540
    cove888 wrote:
    Sorry, I didn't mean dual purpose ones i meant the mtb flat ones like these

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Cate ... goryID=209

    Would they fit?

    I've a pair of look ones but wan something for going to the shops.

    cheers

    Yes they would physically fit & work fine. You'd be blackballed by the fashion police, though... ...and you may find the urge to fit a basket on the handlebars. :wink:

    It would be a better option to either use toe-clips & straps (with trainers), SPD's (with SPD shoes) or road pedals with a large platform (with trainers) when shopping.
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  • Damn, new there was something looking wrong there! Thanks! (Sorry - let me edit it out!)

    "Knew" mate - not new (sorry, it was bugging me!! :lol: )
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  • Philby
    Philby Posts: 328
    Mtb pedals are easier to clip in and out of, and you can use one pair of shoes for both bikes which will save some cash. Also easier to walk in.

    Road bike pedals / cleats have a larger contact point and seem firmer and provide better power IMO and less chance of a 'hot spot' on a long ride. But they are harder to get into and you'll need a second pair of shoes.

    At the end of the day no-one will give a f*ck whatever you use - use what you can afford and what you feel comfortable in, and ignore the fashion police!
  • thanks for all the comments i am going to go for road shoes. and i have seen some cleat covers that go on for walking which looks a very good idea
  • Garry H
    Garry H Posts: 6,639
    thanks for all the comments i am going to go for road shoes. and i have seen some cleat covers that go on for walking which looks a very good idea

    If you buy Shimano SPD SL road pedals, you won't need cleat covers, by the way.
  • skyd0g wrote:
    cove888 wrote:
    Sorry, I didn't mean dual purpose ones i meant the mtb flat ones like these

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Cate ... goryID=209

    Would they fit?

    I've a pair of look ones but wan something for going to the shops.

    cheers

    Yes they would physically fit & work fine. You'd be blackballed by the fashion police, though... ...and you may find the urge to fit a basket on the handlebars. :wink:

    It would be a better option to either use toe-clips & straps (with trainers), SPD's (with SPD shoes) or road pedals with a large platform (with trainers) when shopping.

    I use flat pedals with Power Grips (http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=28933), so God knows what the fashion police make of me!