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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
    So you don't want to be able to walk when you're off your road bike?!?!
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    Yep. Over the years I've gotten better at getting into them in traffic than toe clips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCSaltchucker View Post
    ah yes the roadie shoe hobble. I do it every cafe I stop at. Registered with the ministry of silly walks.
    Ok, now that is funny!

    i will mount SPDs today because my winter boots use them. My religious fervor has waned over the years.

    FWIW, I know for certain I use as much of the pedaling circle as I can. Probably not all the time, but I work on it when riding tempo. I’m not gifted nough to race, but I practice making circles, keeping a quiet upper body, maintaining my line and many other racerly things. You may call me Fred.

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    I've used SPD pedals and wore mountain bike shoes on my road bike. It was nice to be able to walk like a normal human being while off the bike.

    I have since moved to Speedplay pedals with the cleat covers on my shoes though.

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    I did a pretty good benchmark on pedals.
    SPD have practically only a 150 grams penalty over Delta Cleat for the same quality of shoe and pedal.
    Pedal function is the same. Walking is world apart.
    You need to buy a road purpsed SPD pedal if you are a fast rider (40 kmh guy) because of aero.
    If you bought a low cost SPD pedal you have to put a bit of bar tape on the pedal to catch up the spare clearances. With that hack they get as good as delta cleats.

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    I used M-520's on my road bike. They last forever. They're double-sided, so easier to clip back in after an oops moment. And I have more shoe choices than wooden Dutch boy shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveRider View Post
    I used M-520's on my road bike. They last forever. They're double-sided, so easier to clip back in after an oops moment. And I have more shoe choices than wooden Dutch boy shoes.
    ^This!^
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    I think these might push me into using SPDs for my road bike...

    Shimano Ultegra PD-ES600

    Quite frankly, I didn't even know these pedals existed until today. They're only about ~30g heavier than my Ultegra carbon SPD-SL pedals and from the look of them, I'm assuming they have reasonable corner clearance.

    The only down-side I can see is that SPD shoes will still weigh more (the weight-weenie in me made me point that out )


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    I think I'm heading down the road of ditching my SPD-SL pedals and going all-SPD. I just ordered a pair of Bontrager Espresso shoes which look like the perfect combo for me... a mid-range road shoe with an SPD cleat.

    From the top, the Espresso looks like a normal road shoe...


    But flip the shoe over and surprise! A walkable SPD sole!


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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorInRichfield View Post
    I think I'm heading down the road of ditching my SPD-SL pedals and going all-SPD. I just ordered a pair of Bontrager Espresso shoes which look like the perfect combo for me... a mid-range road shoe with an SPD cleat.

    From the top, the Espresso looks like a normal road shoe...


    But flip the shoe over and surprise! A walkable SPD sole!

    It doesn't look like there is much of a recess for the cleat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    It doesn't look like there is much of a recess for the cleat.
    Yep, those ridges along the sides aren't thick enough to keep the cleat from sticking out. Gotta add some thread. These are serious roadie shoes not meant for walking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredrico View Post
    Yep, those ridges along the sides aren't thick enough to keep the cleat from sticking out. Gotta add some thread. These are serious roadie shoes not meant for walking.
    Yep. Hardwood floors won't love you for those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    It doesn't look like there is much of a recess for the cleat.
    Quote Originally Posted by Fredrico View Post
    Yep, those ridges along the sides aren't thick enough to keep the cleat from sticking out. Gotta add some thread. These are serious roadie shoes not meant for walking.
    I think that's just the angle of the photo. The sole looks to be deeper on the sides than the thru the center. Doesn't look to be a lot of thickness, maybe in an effort to appeal to road cyclists, but I think that advertising a walkable shoe that didn't work as claimed is something that Trek is smart enough not to do.

    I'm not a Trek fan, but that's just my take.
    Too old to ride plastic

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