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    Quote Originally Posted by Strafer
    Anyone ride trails wearing road shoes?
    I never ride in muddy conditions, so traction is not really an issue.
    I'd imagine it would be easier to clip in at least.
    Pros or cons???

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    Road shoes for MTBing?

    Anyone ride trails wearing road shoes?
    I never ride in muddy conditions, so traction is not really an issue.
    I'd imagine it would be easier to clip in at least.
    Pros or cons???

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    I think that they would end up broken in no time...
    im new at the road scene and as i wasnt used to it i walked a lot with my road shoes.. when a fried of mine saw them he estared nagging that i had abused on my shoes and that they were pretty messed up because of misuse.
    I had used them for around a week or so... I`m afraid of walking on them since then
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    No No No. Conversely, I use MTB shoes for road riding because I can't walk at all in road shoes.
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    whilst actually pedalling, there's no reason you couldn't wear roadshoes.

    it's when you're off the bike that it matters. at some stage you will encounter a loooong, steeeep uphill, or maybe a rock garden that you cannot ride. so you will need to dismount and walk it. you will be glad for having MTB shoes with some form of grip then! slippery roadshoes would be very hazardous on rocks.

    if you're a recreational rider with absolutely no chance of encountering such obstacles - eg: you ride on bike tracks - then no probs.


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    no problem with it. my buddy wears a pair of nike road shoes with carbon soles for mtn. biking. he does this because he doesn't wanna have to buy new mtn. bike shoes when he has good road shoes. if you don't have big hills where you may need cleats then road shoes work fine.

    as far as walking in road shoes...i don't see the problem...unless you have carbon soles that are getting destroyed because i've had no problem with walking in mine.

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    Well that depends. If you want to use road pedals (which is a very bad idea) then there's no problem. If you want to use road shoes with MTB pedals thats a bit different. Most road shoes now only bring the Look type triangle cleat mount system which is pretty standard on road pedals. Some road shoes like shimano also have SPD mounts. Older Sidi shoes, and maybe the current non carbon ones had interchangeable mounting system plates with an option for standard two hole SPD type. I don't know about other brands.

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    Looks like road shoes are out!
    Went for a ride today and actually had to ride up long muddy uphill.
    Of course, slipped half way up and had to push the rest of the way.
    Good thing my Mallets are mudproof!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiny_car
    if you're a recreational rider with absolutely no chance of encountering such obstacles - eg: you ride on bike tracks - then no probs.
    I encounter those obstacles constantly, but rarely need to unclip.

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    good for you! i'm not that skillful.

    Last edited by shiny_car; 01-28-2006 at 05:07 PM.

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    I bought a pair of Lake winter road boots (gottem cheap!!) several years ago and glued a mtb sole I cut off a crappy pair of northwaves, still work great. But maybe more of a road shoe with a mtb "soal" I guess

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