View Poll Results: Do you have SPD pedals on your road bike?

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    Question SPD Pedals on My Road Bike... Is It Sinful?

    I've been primarily a "roadie" for almost 30 years (yikes!) and ever since the LOOK pedal & cleat was invented, that style of pedal (i.e., LOOK-compatible) has been my pedal of choice on my road bikes. However, I opted for SPD-style pedals on my CX/gravel/trail bikes because I want to be able to walk when off the bike.

    On occasion, I do ride my CX/gravel/trail bike on the road, so that got my thinking... why don't I put SPD pedals on my road bike? Is it sinful? Over a 100 mile ride, what kind of penalty could I expect for putting SPD pedals on my road bike? 0.00002 seconds? (Some of you hard-core roadies have probably fainted already at the thought of SPD pedals on a road bike and for that I'm sorry. )

    When comparing the two shoe/pedal combinations, about the only thing that I figure would make a real difference is that the SPD shoe+pedal combination is heavier than the Look shoe+pedal combination. The extra tread on the SPD-compatible shoe certainly adds to it's weight, not to mention the sole isn't carbon like my road shoes are. Perhaps there are light weight SPD shoes(?)

    As for aerodynamics, the difference has to be negligible. Granted, I understand that for racers, ever bazillasecond counts, but I don't race, I just like to ride fast (and pretend that it matters how fast I go.)

    Here is my SPD combination on my Trek Boone...

    SPD Pedals on My Road Bike... Is It Sinful?-img_20181004_183948.jpg

    And here is my Look-compatible combination on my Trek Domane...

    SPD Pedals on My Road Bike... Is It Sinful?-img_20181004_184010.jpg

    Have any of you hard-core roadies bucked-the-trend and put SPD pedals on your road bike? Do your friends still talk to you or do they just point and laugh?

    (P.S. I know there are other brands and styles of pedals, like Speedplay, Time, Egg Beaters, etc.)

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    Z O M G !! unheard of !
    Impossibru !!

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    Been doing it for nearly 20 years.

    Started on MTB but when I got my first "road bike", I found it economical and strategic,

    Today, I still use SPD on MTB and recumbent, but most road are LOOK.

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    Is it going to encourage you to ride more? If so, the answer is obvious.

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    No it doesn't matter and it shouldn't matter what anyone thinks but you.

    The only thing to maybe keep in mind is the fore aft position of the different cleats. Meaning, does one put your foot further ahead behind the other etc...

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    Some even run Flat pedals on their Road bikes!

    Oh the Humanity !

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorInRichfield View Post
    Do your friends still talk to you or do they just point and laugh?
    Not too much pointing and laughing, but they do fling poo at me.

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    How to Dress PRO...
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    Not PRO: Thou shall refrain from wearing mountain bike shoes unless one is racing cyclocross in Belgium. Nothing will relegate one to the back of the pack quicker than wearing a set of mtb shoes on a bunch ride.


    PRO: One shall only consider wearning white shoes. However, the better one gets, the more obnoxious one’s shoes can be. If done carefully, one can disguise lack of ability and fitness with a loud set of shoes.
    Clearly, SPDs on road bikes is a sin.

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    If you ride by yourself, who cares. If you ride with two or three friends, Meh.....But, if you go on fast paced, hard group training rides, you're bound to get some flack....You're get "nice pedals", and "Do you plan to veer off the road"?...……
    Do I????………..I'd rather be caught wearing my bib straps over my jersey. I still ride on Look Delta's with Black cleats.
    If your opinion differs from mine, ..........Too bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MR_GRUMPY View Post
    But, if you go on fast paced, hard group training rides, you're bound to get some flack....You're get "nice pedals", and "Do you plan to veer off the road"?...……
    The best thing to do in this situation is to blow-the-doors-off of the riders using the traditional pedals

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    If you're running SPD instead of SPD-SL pedals then you have a problem.

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    Nothing wrong at all. Many road riders ride SPD pedals. They are a great all-around, do everything pedal. Nobody I know cares what you ride as long as you can keep up.

    IMHO, if you are riding with people who care about what others are using, you should find different people to ride with.
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    Did this old topic really need a poll?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorInRichfield View Post
    Clearly, SPDs on road bikes is a sin.
    No, SPDs on a road bike is a sin for some Road Cyclists.

    For Cyclists, who ride many different bikes and want one single style so they don't have to have multiple shoes and pedals, it is a practical choice.

    Never forget that sin is religion specific.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MR_GRUMPY View Post
    ..."nice pedals", and "Do you plan to veer off the road"?...……

    "Thou shall judge cyclists not on their shoes, or kit, or bike, or age, or gender, but rather on the smoothness of their spin."
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    Quote Originally Posted by factory feel View Post
    Did this old topic really need a poll?
    It does. Do to the serious nature of this topic, the highly accurate results of this Internet poll will be submitted to the authorities (who ever they are) and swift action will be taken to rid the earth of roadies who maliciously put SPD pedals on their road bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by factory feel View Post
    Did this old topic really need a poll?
    Do most topics posted even need a new thread? No.

    But if everyone searched before posting, this place would be dead instead of a quiet internet backwater.
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    SPD pedals on a road bike gotta get more respect than running pit bull pedals on any bike.
    Too old to ride plastic

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    If you are able....It's easier to say it than do it.
    If your opinion differs from mine, ..........Too bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiQuaeQuod View Post
    Do most topics posted even need a new thread? No.

    But if everyone searched before posting, this place would be dead instead of a quiet internet backwater.
    But if someone bumped a dormant thread, there comes criticism about thread dredging. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

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    A lot easier to do cyclocross style mounts/dismounts with SPD pedals and shoes, both of which are boss moves.

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    There are high end MTB shoes with carbon soles. I have one pair, though my others are mid-range ones with very stiff nylon/composite soles.

    The ability to use any of my shoes on any of my bikes is key being as I live in a very wet climate and may only have one dry pair on any given day.
    Life is short... enjoy the ride.

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    Spd on every bike. Work great mtn biking.
    Work great touring.
    Work great on the go fast road bike. Work great on my tandems.
    They even make really nice mtn/SPD shoes nowadays that when cliped in on the bike you would think they are road shoes. Modern mtn shoes are available in models that are as stiff as you desire. Your hard core roadie friends won't know your running SPD until they see at the coffee shop you are the only one not skating around walking like a duck wearing out cleats.
    I ditched road specific stuff years ago. For my needs SPD just works better. All my shoes work on all my bikes.
    XT, XTR pedals spin smooth and last forever. SPD cleats last super long too. Easy in, easy out, some float, double sided, tons of fore and aft adjustment range on mtn shoes, what's not to like.
    I guess the system does not say "road" so some folks have trouble getting past that.
    Of course, to each their own.
    Use what works for you.
    Good luck.

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    Yes, it is wrong. Egg beaters are better and lighter.

    On the other hand, road bike shoes are useless except for racing.

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    I put Eggbeaters on my Ti. road bike when I built it 17 years ago. I liked the way stainless pedals looked on the titanium frame. I have three bikes and three pairs of shoes, with some form of Crank Brothers peddles the bikes and cleats on the shoes. Just pushing off from a stop sign is so much easier and safer than road bike shoes. Walking is like walking in comfortable shoes.

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