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Thread: pedals

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    pedals

    is there difference between road bike shoes and mtn bike shoes

    what clipless and the other option

    i just need some basic info on sticking feet to bikes

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    basics

    So pedals you can have flat pedals toe clips then clipless pedals.

    Flat pedals are just your basic pedal with nothing holding the foot on...
    Toe clips have a cage or strap holding your foot on.

    clipless pedals have some sort of "cleat" attaching the shoe to the pedal. There are numerous different types / brands of clipless pedals. These aren't all compatable with one another. Concerning cleat type it is pretty specific (i.e. the cleat which goes on the shoe is specific to a given type of pedal such as crank bros cleats work with crankbros pedals but not with shimano pedals. There some exceptions to this...

    Concerning shoes as I understand it mountain shoes have become standardized with a hole mounting pattern for the cleat. And for the most part road shoes have this same pattern, the main difference I can tell is that road shoes are made for aerodynamics, cooling, and stiffness. They have no or next to no tread. Mountain bike shoes have tread in abundance for getting off and being able to walk in the mud.....

    that what I think I know about pedals...
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    Road shoe cleats are very obtrusive from the bottom of the shoe. Mountain bike cleats are recessed on the bottom of the shoe. This makes it easier to walk in mountain shoes. The pedals are designed differently and serve their purposes well. Mountain pedals are designed to be smaller and shed mud well. Road pedals are designed for the most efficient transfer between the shoe and bike. They tend to have larger platforms to prevent hot spots that can be caused by riding long distances with mountain shoes.

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