Pedals with normal shoes?

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Re: Pedals with normal shoes?

Postby MajorMantra » Wed Dec 26, 2012 01:25 am

As in street shoes? Not really. I mean, you could if you had to, but it's not pleasant or advisable.

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Re: Pedals with normal shoes?

Postby Riggsy12 » Wed Dec 26, 2012 01:30 am

MajorMantra wrote:As in street shoes? Not really. I mean, you could if you had to, but it's not pleasant or advisable.


Damn ok cheers for quick reply. I'll have to stick with the ugly ass mtb looking things then.

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Re: Pedals with normal shoes?

Postby Simon Masterson » Wed Dec 26, 2012 02:05 am

If you want to ride in your everyday footwear (which can be very handy and there is nothing wrong with it) and you do this primarily, some good quality clips (MKS) and straps (I prefer leather) are the best choice. They are even better with cycling shoes.

You could also opt for the pedals Shimano make which are essentially a plain platform with an SPD interface on one side; like these: http://www.evanscycles.com/products/shi ... s-ec005285

But what sort of cycling are you looking to do? That information will help with further advice.

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Re: Pedals with normal shoes?

Postby night_porter » Wed Dec 26, 2012 06:42 am

Riggsy12 wrote:
MajorMantra wrote:As in street shoes? Not really. I mean, you could if you had to, but it's not pleasant or advisable.


Damn ok cheers for quick reply. I'll have to stick with the ugly ass mtb looking things then.


Neither of the shoes you have linked to are mtb pedals, they are both road pedals and require road specific shoes and cleats which do look thinner than mtb shoes if that helps?

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Re: Pedals with normal shoes?

Postby orangatang » Wed Dec 26, 2012 07:55 am

If you are using street shoes you can always try to attach these to your pedals and try them.
http://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SearchDisplay?searchTerm=mini+toe+clip&catalogId=10052&cn1=&langId=-1&gast=mini+toe+clip&storeId=10053&URL=CatalogSearchResultView&ddkey=http:PBSearchTermAssociationsCmd Its a half toe clip. I have seen metal ones around, not sure where to get them. I also don't know how well the work. Good luck.

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Re: Pedals with normal shoes?

Postby Riggsy12 » Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:43 pm

I'm only just getting into cycling. I have just bought my first road bike. I love it!

I'm currently getting fit to apply for the Royal Marines, so have been doing ALOT of running. Cycling realy loosens my legs. I ride in my running shoes.

I dont want any sort of pedal with clips, looks very dangerour imo. Just wanted some nicer looking pedals that will work with my running shoes, cheers.

Ps maybe something like these then...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vavert-Leisure-Commuter-Flat-Platform-Freeride-Pedals-Silver-Black-Grey-/160898970959?pt=UK_sportsleisure_cycling_bikeparts_SR&hash=item257653754f

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Re: Pedals with normal shoes?

Postby MajorMantra » Wed Dec 26, 2012 13:31 pm

Riggsy12 wrote:I dont want any sort of pedal with clips, looks very dangerour imo.


If you're tough enough for the Royal Marines you're tough enough to handle clipless (i.e clip-in) pedals. :wink: You don't need them, but road cycling is a lot more rewarding with them. Try them, you'll be amazed at the difference.

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Re: Pedals with normal shoes?

Postby lotus49 » Wed Dec 26, 2012 14:35 pm



As a relative newcomer to cycling it may seem that being fixed to your bike is somewhat dodgy in case you need to get your feet out in a hurry but in practice, it's worse for your feet to slip off when you're not expecting it. In order to use pedals like the Shimano 540s you will need some road shoes and SPD-SL cleats but it's worth it.

People talk a lot of rubbish about power transfer with clipless pedals but the main advantage is a feeling of being connected to your bike and not having your feet slip off the pedals or having to readjust your foot position as you ride.

You can ride a road bike with flats (ie pedals that you just rest your feet on), pedals with toe-clips, MTB clipless pedals (eg Shimano SPDs) or road specific clipless pedals (eg Shimano SPD-SLs, Look). If you have a look at roadies that you see, you will see almost all have some sort of clipless pedals, usually road-specific (but this seems to vary a bit, all the roadies I know use road specific pedals but I'm told plenty of roadies use MTB pedals).

MajorMantra is right, clipless pedals really are worth it and that's why you hardly ever see a roadie with flat pedals (or at least I don't).

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Re: Pedals with normal shoes?

Postby Woodywmb » Wed Dec 26, 2012 15:20 pm

If you don't want to be clipped in, these are small and light:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=52882

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Re: Pedals with normal shoes?

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Wed Dec 26, 2012 15:40 pm

I have the M324 pedals - flats one side, SPD on the other.

Really like them - I use them clipped in most of the time, but also in trainers if I'm just going a few miles in normal clothes to visit someone.
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Re: Pedals with normal shoes?

Postby Kieran_Burns » Thu Dec 27, 2012 09:54 am

ChrisAOnABike wrote:I have the M324 pedals - flats one side, SPD on the other.

Really like them - I use them clipped in most of the time, but also in trainers if I'm just going a few miles in normal clothes to visit someone.


+1 on these. I had a pair for a couple of years - perfectly fine for commuting as well. You can have the option of SPD clips if you want to try clipless cycling (which is fine btw) and the shoes you can get are fine for walking in as well.

Bit of a no-brainer IMHO
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