newbie questions: Road shoes VS Mtn bike shoe

Discussion in 'Commuting and Road Safety' started by red_cdale, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. red_cdale

    red_cdale New Member

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    just wanna know, which shoes will be good for all around shoes (for commuting, long distance riding, and everyday city use). I heard that a lot of people use mtn bike shoes on road pedals since mtn bike shoes offers better protection for the cleats and the shoes itself. I don't know whether this gonna affect the performance.
     
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    ganderctr New Member

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    Lower-end MTB shoes are generally more versatile and many of them have rubber soles and recessed cleat designs for easy walking. In most cases, it would be hard to tell you were even wearing a cycling shoe with that type of design. The only drawback? They're typically not as stiff as more "dedicated" cycling shoes.

    Road shoes and higher-end MTB shoes, are very similar in design, however, they do have their differences, mainly cleats on the bottoms of MTB shoes.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    denisegoldberg New Member

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    I use a high end mountain bike shoe (Sidi Dominator) when I ride my road and touring bikes. The shoes are as stiff as a road shoe, but they have what I think is a huge advantage for the type of riding that I do - the cleat is recessed within the shoe's sole, allowing me to walk in my shoes without a protruding cleat.
     
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    red_cdale New Member

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    yeah, I'm very agree with you....thx for the thoughts....
     
  5. rek

    rek New Member

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    MTB shoes and (more significantly) double-sided MTB pedals are heaps more convenient for commuting.

    Going to and from road and MTB shoes/pedals, the main difference I notice is that with a road pedal the pedalling platform is a lot more stable for out of the saddle climbs. But I guess using MTB pedals with expensive MTB shoes would feel better than the fairly modest shoes I have.

    Shimano's newer range of SPD pedals (M520, M540) are cheap and very good, and it'll be a cinch to find a shoe that fits both the cleat pattern and your foot.
     
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    red_cdale New Member

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    Just ordered a new pair of Northwave Hydrogen MTB shoes from Sierratrading. I should get it in a couple days. I dunno whether this is gonna be a good shoes. Otherwise I'm gonna get sidi's......
     
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    walterptiv New Member

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    I've been using some mid-range Shimano MTB shoes for about a year now on my commuting bike and my fast bike (EggBeater pedals). When I ride with my speedy friends I wear my Sidi road shoes but it is sure easier to walk around in the MTB shoes (they are also warmer in the winter) and I don't feel like I go any faster or slower because of what shoes I wear.
     
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    If you go SPD with mountain bike shoes, you can wear the wonderful Shimano bike sandals in the summer. They're my all-time favorite bike shoe. Some even wear them in winter with heavy socks! (Not me)

    Check em out here: http://harriscyclery.net/site/itemdetails.cfm?ID=1218 :cool:
     
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    Big fan of these, using them with two pairs of socks and over shoes at moment. They are very effective
     
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    I've been wearing Specialized "sport" (I think that's what they call the model -- not the lowest rung on their model ladder, but probably second up -- about $100 US) mountain bike shoes for a couple of years and love them. Just decided I needed to be a "real" road biker and get road shoes, since I ride about 99.5% of the time on the road. So I got the equivalent Specialized road shoes. Maybe I'll get used to them after awhile, but I really hate the awkwardness of walking with them.

    The shoes fit just fine -- same model year and size as the mtn bike shoes -- but with the cleat not recessed, it's no fun walking in them, especially on concrete or pavement. (And it was a lovely wake-up call when I stepped onto the tile of the locker room at work after a lunch time ride and went skating for a few inches.)

    mike
     
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