SPD cleat on road shoe?

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  1. Cusp

    Cusp New Member

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    Hello all!

    First post here on an issue that I can't seem to find an answer.

    I would like to purchase my first cycling shoes and pedals. These shoes would be used on my road bike and in the gym on the spinning machines. The spinning machines ONLY use SPD.

    So - I NEED an SPD cleat/pedals.

    For my pedals - I was leaning towards the Shimano M520 ones. Double sided is a plus for a total beginner!

    Now - my question ...

    Can I use a road shoe with a SPD cleat? I know that Nike Altea II, Specialized Comp, and Sidi still have SPD capibilities.

    I was told that I CAN NOT by LBS and that the shoe wasn't really designed for SPD - but for SPD-R. That's why they have SPD. And that SPD on road shoes may crack the sole ... yada yada yada. MTB shoes have rubber that surround the SPD cleat to eliminate the strain on the sole ... (LBS said SPD-R have wings on the cleats to act like the rubber on MTB shoes)

    Now - I'm 'slightly' against purchasing MTB shoes for reasons that I'm using the shoes for riding and not walking ... and that if I do upgrade my pedals to road pedals I can still use my shoes ... also - most MTB shoes are just ugly. haha.

    Well - is SPD cleats on road shoes 'stupid' ... and if using SPD cleats should I just stick with MTB shoes?

    Since this is my first cycling shoe/pedal - I want this to be a flawless/happy experience. If SPD is really only meant for MTB soles - then I'm totally gonna go that way and not fight against it. The Sidi Bullet are great looking MTB shoes ... haha. BUT - if SPD will work with road shoes and not have any problems ... well - then I may just go with road shoes instead.

    What would you guys do ... SPD with MTB or road shoes???

    Thanks!!!
     
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  2. Robert Gardner

    Robert Gardner New Member

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    The Shimano M520 must be ATB or mountain bike pedals. Don't be mislead by the fact that they are double sided. I went though two different mountain bike pedals before trying the Shimano Ultegra road pedals. Much to my surprise they are much easier to step into than the double sided ATB pedals. Go for the best Shimano Road pedals that you can afford and regular road shoes. I have Sidi shoes and am quite satisfied with them.
     
  3. Cusp

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    I need SPD pedals ... spinning machines in gym is SPD. So I need an SPD pedal so my shoes can be used for both.
     
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  5. Cusp

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    I am very grateful for the prompt responses ... but the answers don't seem to target my question.

    SPD cleat on a ROAD shoe or a MTB shoe?

    Only a few brands still make ROAD shoes with SPD capibility. With those brands - am I safe running a SPD cleat .... ???

    Or should I just use a MTB shoe for SPD cleats ???
     
  6. Jim R

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    My road bike has older SPD pedals and I needed a new pair of shoes so I just bought a pair of Pearl Izumi road shoes and I am using them with my SPD cleats. The shoes have connectors for both SPD and the newer systems. Road vs MTB doesn't matter as long as they will accomodate SPD cleats.
     
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    Which part of the reply did you not understand?

    They are all "road, touring or training" shoes, i listed not MTB. SPD is SPD, buy any brand with "SPD" Shimano, Sidi, Exsus, etc, Specialised.

    Why do I bother? :rolleyes:
     
  8. Cusp

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    haha - glcark my mistake. Kill Bill Volume 2 on TV is hurting my reading skills.

    May I ask you another question? I swear to read your response throughly before posting again. haha.

    Why do you recommend the 1-side pedal over the 2-sided MTB pedal?
     
  9. allgoo19

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    One sided pedals stay in the same position when they are free because of the unbalanced weight distribution, so when you clip in you don't have to look at them. On the other hand, two sideded pedals are balanced, so they can be in any angle when they are free. This end up in either you have to look at it or feel it with the shoe before you click it in.
    I think that's what he meant.

    For your original question, you may want to try touring shoes from Shimano such as SH-T092
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    if the only thing bothering you is the looks of it.
    Just a suggestion.

    I don't see a lot of good reasons using SPD pedals with non-walkable shoes.
    Better to invest in non-SPD pedals with big platform, if you plan to use them with genuine road shoes(non-walkable).
    I have a pair of Look pedals but rarely use them. SPD walkable shoes come in handy when you get flat. Just walking around the bike trying to fix a flat becomes very annoying with hard soled road shoes.
     
  10. Cusp

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    I may just get the Sidi Bullet 2s (MTB). They look identical to the Zeta road shoes just with a slight tread on the sole.

    Arghhh - now I'm back to deciding which pedal to get. haha. 520 dual sided or road single SPD.

    Thanks for all the responses!!! Super appreciated.
     
  11. Eastway82

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    Up to now I've been using SPD on mountain bike and road bike. Double sided on mountain bike, single sided on road bikes and tourer. Double sided are MUCH easier to get into. Single sided do not, contrary to one poster, automatically fall into place for clicking in (or at least none of my three sets do). All works fine when I use any of them with my Diadora mtb shoes - the treaded bit seems to help to guide the cleat into position. But I also have Carnac road shoes, and it's far harder to get clicked in, and several times I've thought I was clicked in, given a little more pressure, only for my foot to slip out sideways, and, in the words of Morrissey: "I crashed down on the crossbar, and the pain was enough to make a shy, bald buddhist reflect and plan a mass murder."

    Also, the small contact area of the SPDs seems to depress the sole of the Carnacs a little, and I have far more of a problem with numb feet than I do with the (same size) mtb shoes. Result is I hardly ever wear the Carnacs now, even though they're much better shoes.

    So... I'm buying some Look Keos for the road/race bikes, to use with the road shoes. I'll continue to use SPDs on the mtb and on the touring bike, with the mtb shoes - as someone said, I can walk in them, whereas road shoes are horrible to walk in, especially with spd cleats.

    What should you do in your particular situation? Buy the Sidi MTB shoes - you may not be walking very far, but if you buy road shoes then the first time you land on your arse on a slippery gym corridor on your way to the spinning machine, you'll regret it. You can't see the soles of your shoes when you're riding anyway, so who cares?
     
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    SPD cleats/pedals on road shoes is fine. Go for a hard-plastic/non-carbon sole road shoe.
     
  13. Cusp

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    I just ordered the Sidi Bullet 2 today!!! Yes - after the long debate ... just ordered MTB style shoes.

    Thanks again everybody!
     
  14. fauxpas

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    I originally put spd cleats on my carnacs, but they were so small, the sole of the shoe started to cave in...
     
  15. mikesbytes

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    Some of the gyms have pedals where the toeclip unclips to reveal a look delta cleat, so they can support spd (underneath), joggers using the toeclips and look cleats.

    look/spd dual pedal post

    I'm inclined to agree with the other posters that if you are going to use spd on your road bike, then you might as well buy shoes that are good to walk in, aka the mountain bike shoes. Get ones with nice stiff soles so the don't flex too much.
     
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