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     Rob40 updated 11 years, 1 month ago 5 Members · 6 Posts
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  • Rob40

    9 December 2009 at 10:32 pm


    Bit of a noob question this… I’ve had an old steel road bike for a few months which I put a spare pair of SPD’s on. I decided that I quite like the road bike thing so I’ve bought a slightly better bike.

    Whats the benefit of using a road style pedal over the MTB SPD type? Is it worth the expense of getting new shoes and the faff of turning up to a ride and pulling a bike out of the car and realising I’ve brought the wrong ones! (bound to happen!)


  • hugo15

    10 December 2009 at 8:12 am

    Advantages of the road pedal is that they tend to have a bigger surface area than spd pedal so are more confortable on long rides in my experience. Road shoes tend to have a stiffer sole so are a bit more efficient.

    Disadvange of road pedals is that you can’t walk anywhere in the shoes!

    I have road pedals on my two road bikes as walking is minimal. On my commuting bike I have spd pedals so that I can walk in the shoes if I get a mechanical.

    You are probably look at around £100 to £150 quid for some half decent road shoes and pedals. if you have the cash then I would go for it, if not then the spds will be fine.

  • Richard A Thackeray

    10 December 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Got to roughly agree with Hugo

    My Ridley has ‘Look’ (Keo) pedals, but the commuter/trainer & winter-bikes both have SPDs (MTB type – not single sided road types)

    Obviously the MTB & cyclo-cross bikes also have SPDs.

    The big advantage of them is when you’ve got to stop at junctions/traffic-lights/etc…, there’s no fumbling to engage the front lip of the pedal to turn it over & clip on – just ‘stamp on either side’

    Plus, as stated, the shoes are far better to walk in – even most MTB/cyclo-cross shoes are very acceptable for that purpose, as the designers realise that carrying is a part of riding one.

  • Gunner

    10 December 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I have MTB type SPD pedals on both my road bikes and don’t have any problem with them, it’s just a matter of personal preference at the end of the day. 😉

  • Steve Kish

    10 December 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I have road pedals on my road bike but spuds on the othetr two.

    Advantage of the road ones is that they hold me better but disadvantages, as the others say.

    My rule of thumb is that if I go out for a ride and have to take my feet out for walking, I use spuds. If not, then road ones.

  • Rob40

    10 December 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks for the input, if it’s no great shakes I’ll stick to the SPD’s for now. Cheers.

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