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  • Roberto

    22 November 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Been looking today at getting some dedicated road shoes.

    Tried on some Shimano RO88’s liking the fact that they will take both spd and spd-sl cleats.

    Now I’ve only ever used toe clips on the road but I first used spd’s over 20 years ago off-road and I’m happy with them but surely there must be an advantage of a dedicated road system?

    Above are the pedals I’ve been looking at but don’t know which system to go for.

    I’m not worried about falling off or not getting a foot down as I am quite able to do a track stand even clipped in.

    Any thoughts people?

  • nick dv

    22 November 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Rob, it probably comes down to personal preference, but for value for money you can’t go far wrong with the 540’s. I’ve got them on both of my road bikes and so far they’ve performed faultlessly 🙂

  • Richard A Thackeray

    23 November 2014 at 3:38 pm

    If the bike is being used for commuting/club-rides/training, I say that normal (double-sided) SPDs are the best bet

    You can forget the issues of flipping pedals over at traffic-lights, zebra-crossings & junctions

  • Roberto

    23 November 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Hmm, already have standard spd’s fitted, I usually don’t clip/unclip more than twice a ride as I don’t commute and rarely ride through town.

    My current shoes are 15 year old+ mtb style that I found in the garage when I took up riding again, they are extremely heavy and look totally wrong. They are also quite sloppy on the foot and can’t be good for power transfer.

    Was fancying the lightweight Look pedals and a lightweight road shoe but have no experience of these. Will they make me any faster?

    I’m always looking for ways to gain speed as I find this gives me encouragement to ride more.

    If I decide to stay with double sided spd’s should I stay with mtb style shoes or even a roadie looking touring shoe? I’ve heard that It can be difficult to “locate” the pedal on a smooth bottomed roadie shoe.

  • the last starfighter

    23 November 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I use SPDs on the road and they’re just fine. A massive improvement over toe-clips anyway. As well as the things mentioned above, I’d think about if you were planning on walking anywhere, which would be very difficult in road shoes, even for short distances.

    If you’re just doing serious road riding, have very little time off the bike, and only stop for your regular coffee and cake, then there’s no reason not to go for proper road shoes, reaping the benefits of any additional stability they offer. But for general purpose, all round riding, SPDs have their advantages too, as pointed out.

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