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Pedals/Shoes for 20 mile commute

griffyngriffyn Posts: 7
edited November 2018 in Commuting general
My current pedals and shoes are both old and needing replacement (B'Twin clone of SPD-SL system). After reading posts on here it seems like double sided SPD cleats would be better for the amount of traffic lights I have to stop at plus touring style shoes with a recessed cleat would allow me to walk more easily across the marble floor to the gym once I arrive at work.

Would this be a good combination or should I look at other systems?

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-rt500-road-shoes/
http://www.wiggle.com/shimano-pd-m520-pedals

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  • joe_totale-2joe_totale-2 Posts: 1,331
    That all looks good to me.
  • Joe Totale wrote:
    That all looks good to me.

    Thanks for the quick response :)
  • crakercraker Posts: 2,060
    Is that 20 miles 2 x 10, 1 x 20 (or 2 x 20)?

    Cheap SPD shoes make the soles of my feet ache after a while, make sure the shoes are plenty stiff enough. You might be fine, I tend to commute on SPD-SL for the comfort but I rarely put my feet down.
  • craker wrote:
    Is that 20 miles 2 x 10, 1 x 20 (or 2 x 20)?

    Cheap SPD shoes make the soles of my feet ache after a while, make sure the shoes are plenty stiff enough. You might be fine, I tend to commute on SPD-SL for the comfort but I rarely put my feet down.

    Its 2x19.2 miles, I am currently doing it once a week as only got back into cycling in July. If I don't get on with the pedals/shoes I will just stick them on my old bike that I intend to use on a turbo trainer now I am not getting out in the mornings as its too dark.
    JGSI wrote:

    That seems to be more focused on walking so maybe a little bit too much flex? The shoes I am thinking seem to be road shoes you can walk in if needed.
  • jgsijgsi Posts: 5,027
    My Giros have seen better days after 3 years. I may go for the new colour for a new pair.
    Seriously good shoes for cycling, for me. When I have had to walk in them, I've been very grateful.
    Trying to bend them now, they dont bend very much.
    Its all personal choice
    I also have DHB SPDs when they were down to £20. More like your road shoe (pretend roadie stylee laceup)
  • Take your shoes off before you walk across the marble floor. You can pretend you're ice skating.

    HTH.
  • All looks good to me mate. Shimano is my go-to brand of cycling shoe too, I just bought a new pair the other week from https://www.fawkes-cycles.co.uk/ and they're serving me as impressively as always! :lol:
  • Take your shoes off before you walk across the marble floor. You can pretend you're ice skating.

    HTH.

    I already get enough strange looks when I walk across the floor sounding like a horse with the noise my cleats make :lol:
  • fenixfenix Posts: 5,437
    Or speedplay with the cleat surrounds - no clopping across the floor.
  • https://www.decathlon.co.uk/100-cliples ... 98318.html

    I use these pedals, on my station / commuter / beater.

    https://www.decathlon.co.uk/roadc-100-c ... 03016.html

    And these shoes.

    They work brilliantly with multi release Spd cleats like these.

    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/mob ... -prod10969

    Which make getting out of the pedals much easier, and you can use the pedals with regular shoes if you want.
  • mrkev83mrkev83 Posts: 184
    I have the 520 pedals and m064 mtb shoes on my road bike. Did me for 16 miles each way commute. Just make sure you get your cleat alignment right
    http://www.strava.com/athletes/mrkev83

    Built for comfort... Not for speed
  • If it helps anyone else, I ordered the pedals and shoes in my original post and did the 40 mile commute today (2x20) and was very pleased. The shoes are stiff enough for cycling but still fairly comfortable to walk in. The double sided SPD pedals allowed me to clip in and out much quicker than my old SPD-SL clones from Decathlon as sometimes the pedal was the wrong way round on those. I did think there would be more of a learning curve moving from SPD-SL to SPD but I had no issues at all clipping in/out.
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