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    Walking in Look/XPEDO cleats

    Got some Favero Assioma duo pedals so no more SPD SL for me since these use XPEDO cleats. I won't dive into discussions about which is better because frankly I like some things more about these, and some things I like less. The clip in/out action of the XPEDO is more crisp and purposeful, whereas the SL definitely have the edge for being more refined and easier to walk in.

    And therein lies my one concern I have with the XPEDO cleats, they have no rubber gripper on the front portion, at least not where it contacts the pavement, so they become really slippery to walk in when you push off with the rear foot, etc. I never had issues getting around on foot in my SL cleats. Some say to use the Look Grip cleats, but these don't mesh well for everyone with the Favero pedals, or other power pedals in general, since they are slightly different.

    Short of getting cleat covers for walking around, anyonne have any tips for how to make these things a little less dangerous? I literally almost fell on my face in my own kitchen yesterday. When I have to walk on foot its usually in a cafe with wood/tile floors, or a bridge that we aren't allowed to ride which has the foot path done up in that composite type of board.
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    If you have to walk and are having problems I'd switch to SPD.

    Mountain bike SPD.
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    Get cleat cover. End of problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    If you have to walk and are having problems I'd switch to SPD.

    Mountain bike SPD.
    I feel like you didn't even read my post. If you did youd see that A. I just bought power pedals that don't come in SPD and B. Walking is not a priority
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    Get cleat cover. End of problem.
    Last resort, my buddy has them and says they don't really stay on. If I do go that route, any Look cover will work? Just extra stuff to carry in the pocket so trying to avoid it if I can.
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    Either get cleat covers and get used to the idea of replacing them when they get lost after coming off....or don't walk around in road cleats.

    Those are your options with road pedal systems. Yes they stink---but road pedals are designed for racing, not walking.
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    My SPD SL were nice to walk in, frankly I could jog around in them because of the grippy surfaces and slightly wider cleat itself stabilizing the foot. These are narrower and don't have the same grippers.
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    https://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Vector...trainerroad-20

    Anyone used these with Assioma pedals?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleanneon98 View Post
    I feel like you didn't even read my post. If you did youd see that A. I just bought power pedals that don't come in SPD and B. Walking is not a priority

    Last resort, my buddy has them and says they don't really stay on. If I do go that route, any Look cover will work? Just extra stuff to carry in the pocket so trying to avoid it if I can.
    Oh, I read your post. Walking is enough of a priority that you're posting here about it. Here's another suggestion: Take you shoes off when you need to walk. Seems simple to me.
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    I'm not a fan of the anti skid pads on the Keo cleats, much preferring to just use cleat covers. The anti skid pads just seem to wear too fast to be worth the extra coupla bucks they cost. And once the pad wears out the pedal wears faster than the standard pedal without the anti skid pad wears. There is a recess in the cleat to hold the pad so there is less material is why they wear faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    If you have to walk and are having problems I'd switch to SPD.

    Mountain bike SPD.
    Works for me.

    But if you are really intent on being a roadie purist, there are always these:

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    Walking in Look/XPEDO cleats

    Quote Originally Posted by Cleanneon98 View Post
    Got some Favero Assioma duo pedals so no more SPD SL for me since these use XPEDO cleats. I won't dive into discussions about which is better because frankly I like some things more about these, and some things I like less. The clip in/out action of the XPEDO is more crisp and purposeful, whereas the SL definitely have the edge for being more refined and easier to walk in.

    And therein lies my one concern I have with the XPEDO cleats, they have no rubber gripper on the front portion, at least not where it contacts the pavement, so they become really slippery to walk in when you push off with the rear foot, etc. I never had issues getting around on foot in my SL cleats. Some say to use the Look Grip cleats, but these don't mesh well for everyone with the Favero pedals, or other power pedals in general, since they are slightly different.

    Short of getting cleat covers for walking around, anyonne have any tips for how to make these things a little less dangerous? I literally almost fell on my face in my own kitchen yesterday. When I have to walk on foot its usually in a cafe with wood/tile floors, or a bridge that we aren't allowed to ride which has the foot path done up in that composite type of board.

    I feel like you didn't even read my post. Walking is not a priority
    Dude... your ENTIRE post (including the title) is about walking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleanneon98 View Post
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    Last resort, my buddy has them and says they don't really stay on. If I do go that route, any Look cover will work? Just extra stuff to carry in the pocket so trying to avoid it if I can.
    Well, you won't be able to dance in them, but at least you'll be able walk into a coffee shop without falling on your @$$.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    Oh, I read your post. Walking is enough of a priority that you're posting here about it. Here's another suggestion: Take you shoes off when you need to walk. Seems simple to me.
    and what about the socks? Will you need sock covers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    Oh, I read your post. Walking is enough of a priority that you're posting here about it. Here's another suggestion: Take you shoes off when you need to walk. Seems simple to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleanneon98 View Post
    ...Last resort, my buddy has them and says they don't really stay on. If I do go that route, any Look cover will work? Just extra stuff to carry in the pocket so trying to avoid it if I can.
    Mold silicone in the loose section(s) in the cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
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    Years ago, as part of our honeymoon, my wife and I signed up for Andy Hampsten's Chinghaile bike tour in Tuscany. Everyone was to bring their own bikes (this was pre-911 when traveling wasn't so painful). He sent an email around suggesting that we use mountain bike pedals because there was going to be a lot of walking around at coffee houses and towns we stopped in. Putting mountain bike pedals on a road bike seemed like blasphemy, but we did it. And it worked great. When we had kids, weekend rides went out the window and I was basically getting all my riding from commuting to work. I found I was riding the bike with mountain pedals more, so I put them on my other bike. A year or so later, I realized that I never road the third bike that had road pedals on it because it was such a PITA to walk down the street to my building and across a marble floor to my office. So I got rid of them as well. One of the nice things about road pedals back then was that they had a big platform and were comfortable. I think shoes these days have largely taken care of this with stiff soles. SO every bike I own has Time ATAC pedals on it. My wife prefers SPD.

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    Get some of those geriatric socks with traction bars on them.
    If you want to walk leave your bike at home, problem solved.
    If you want to walk, get rid of those POS's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmf View Post
    Years ago, as part of our honeymoon, my wife and I signed up for Andy Hampsten's Chinghaile bike tour in Tuscany. Everyone was to bring their own bikes (this was pre-911 when traveling wasn't so painful). He sent an email around suggesting that we use mountain bike pedals because there was going to be a lot of walking around at coffee houses and towns we stopped in. Putting mountain bike pedals on a road bike seemed like blasphemy, but we did it. And it worked great. When we had kids, weekend rides went out the window and I was basically getting all my riding from commuting to work. I found I was riding the bike with mountain pedals more, so I put them on my other bike. A year or so later, I realized that I never road the third bike that had road pedals on it because it was such a PITA to walk down the street to my building and across a marble floor to my office. So I got rid of them as well. One of the nice things about road pedals back then was that they had a big platform and were comfortable. I think shoes these days have largely taken care of this with stiff soles. SO every bike I own has Time ATAC pedals on it. My wife prefers SPD.
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    I have a set of Assioma's as well. Just wanted to have an option for bikes that don't have Stages left crank arm PMs.

    They spend most of their time in a drawer.

    I used Speedplay Zero walkable cleats normally, and walkability for the XPedo's is terrible by comparison.

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    Readers of this thread might find this video interesting...

    (converting Assioma DUO to SPD - HACK!)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybAFIhKahnM

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    Oh come on, its fast typing on a ROAD bike website. Surprised I only made one error. Their, They're Grammar Nazi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmf View Post
    Oh come on, its fast typing on a ROAD bike website. Surprised I only made one error. Their, They're Grammar Nazi.
    Now your really showing you're ignore ants.
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