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Confused about clipless pedals - the 2 hole versus the 3 hole types

Old 12-04-09, 05:37 PM
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I tried Look pedals, M'eh! Didn't do a thing for me for the 2 or 3 rides that I did in them! Ended up giving the $100 to a friend that wished he had Look pedals. I like the SPD pedals cause they are more stable support while supporting the weight of a tandem at stops.

I look at the price of shoes and geeze! $200 for a pair of roadshoes? I paid $70 for my current pair and $50 for the pair before that. I have to say that I performed better in the $50 shoes cause I was in better shape!..But I do wonder if I had stuck with the Look pedals, would I have climbed better, faster, stronger? I could have been a contender!
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I guess the difference is that the road shoes might make me 2% faster on the bike, but they make me 80% slower and dorkier off the bike. If I had bike stuff to do where I never needed to hop off and walk, maybe road shoes would be worth it, as it is they aren't (to me), YMMV.
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Some road pedals are bigger than mtb spd, but what about Speedplays? I have used m520 pedals on my road bike since July. There are several people on my group rides that use the mtb pedals on their road bikes. I have never had a problem with speed or foot problems after a long ride. If you are a racer the road spd may mean a slight difference, but more difference is between the engines not the pedals. Just my 2 cents.

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One of the nicer large road platform are the Time Xen series.. The cleats ultilize the look 3 bolt pattern.. The float is smooth as silk but a reasonable size platform underneath you.. They can be found online new from 60.00 to 100.00...

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Old 03-06-12, 02:43 PM
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Hi! This is my first post...
After hearing from some of you that many people you ride on the road with use the mountain bike shoes and pedals, I feel so much better! I bought my shoes and SPD pedals when all I had was my mountain bike. I told the salesman that I wanted some good clipless shoes and pedals for my MTB, and for a future road bike. He recommended me to the Bontrager shoes (local Trek store, naturally!) for mountain biking, and the SPD PD-M520 pedals, also for mountain. I didn't want to have to shell out for another pair of expensive shoes and pedals when I finally got my road bike!
Anyway, I hated the clipping in of the shoes the first day on the mountain bike trails. My youngest kept on stopping right in front of me, and over I went! I fell over with the bike all in one symphony, like I was really part of it. Actually, I WAS technically part of it lol. I got to thinking of more sprited riding in the woods... How many times have I put a foot down in a loose, sandy corner? A lot. Maybe not the best idea?
Anyway, fast forward a month, and I FINALLY got my dream road bike! Carbon fiber, minimum Shimano 105 components... Done. I tore the SPD's from my mountain bike and carefully threaded them to my new Shimano Hollowtech cranks. Away I go. Awesome! I haven't looked back. Comfortable, never any foot pain, unless I overtightened a strap, which is easy to fix, fortunately. I don't feel like I am needing more surface area, as the shoes seem plenty stiff, so much better than sneakers!

The input I wanted to throw in here, is maybe the MTB pedals and shoes are not as aerodynamic on the bottomside as road bike shoes are, and maybe that's why they aren't used as much?
Anyway, i like to walk in them too, even though there is a slight bit of cleat contact with the ground, which sounds like a roack stuck in my shoe tread lol. Maybe it's because I am over 200#? lol
Nice to meet you all! Love this forum so far!
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Originally Posted by sstorkel
While road riders would like you to believe that their pedals are much lighter, there often isn't a lot of difference. My $35 Shimano M520 SPD pedals weigh 370 grams. $120 Look Keo Classic road pedals weigh 338 grams and $110 Shimano 105 road pedals weigh 322. If you spent a similar amount of money on an SPD pedal you could get something in the same ballpark, weight-wise (M540 @ $90 = 346g, for instance). And lets not forget that Crank Brothers EggbeaterMTB pedals are super-light (Eggbeater SL @ $110 = 266g)! You could spend $300 on road pedals (e.g. Shimano Dura-Ace) and still not match that weight...
On the other hand, the lightest SPD pedal available is around 270 g. You can get road pedals in the ballpark of 150 g. The reason people say road pedals are lighter than mountain pedals is that it's generally true.

I have SPD A-520s on my road bike.
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Road shoes now come with a couple sets of holes, but the cleat sets up proud
above the shoe sole..

for Spud pedals the cleat has an optional Pontoon, to stabilize the foot on the floor,
to walk some..
to get to a bench after the ride to take your shoes off..
Spinning Class bikes often use that type pedal.
Spud shoes with recessed cleats are more walkable,
big surface Look and Time etc.
Road pedals have a bigger block under the shoe, to let you duck walk to the Podium,
but the Pros even take them off when the race is over.
said to be more stable on the bike , because the cleat/pedal interface is bigger.
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Originally Posted by trinogt
Hi! This is my first post...
And you're reviving a thread that's been dead for over two years...
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