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!)
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.