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On my MTB, I have always used Time ATAC pedals. Hence, when I got into Road Biking, I had my pedals swapped out from whatever was on her over to Time ATAC. Well,m seeing as I now need a new pair of Shoes for the bike, I am starting to wonder just how much better are those Roadie Pedals? You see, I spend more time these days on the Road Bike then I do on the MTB. The MTB these days is more of Family Fun Time, where as the Road Bike is Daddy time and I don't mind spending the extra cha Ching on a pair of Road Pedals, if they are worth it.


Bear in mind, I have always been a minumilist. Hence, MTB Pedals on my Road Bike. :) I will not be entering any Road Races here in the near future, although I do plan on trying out some group rides with the locals. I have felt Road Bike Shoes, and I gotta say, A Lot stiffer then my MTB Shoes that I use on the Road Bike. So, go at it. Think I should switch over to Road Pedals?
 

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Lots of folks use mt pedals and my shoes on road bikes. I don't think it matters much. If you're going to race it might be a different story, but if you like what you have...keep it.
 

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If you like the Time ATACs, you could give the new Time iClics a try.

They're TIME's newest road pedals, and ppl seem to like 'em so far... very very easy entry.
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Road shoes are slightly stiffer than MTB shoes, but only marginally so. An equally high end MTB shoe will be 99% as stiff as a road shoe (I'd say they'd be the same, but some MTB shoes are designed to flex a bit to make it easier to run/walk). I'd recommend new SHOES, not new pedals. Get new high end MTB shoes, and keep riding the ATACs. Your new shoes will be way stiffer, making for more fun both MTBing and road riding!
 

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I also went from MTB to road, and pedaled my first 8,000 or so road miles with SPD's and mountain SIDI's. Couldn't believe all the grief I got from the roadies in my crew - "OMG, I can't believe you can ride with mountain shoes - they're so [choose] un-aero/heavy/rickety!!!" Now I've been through a couple pair of Look's, ride Dura Ace, and am going to Speedplays. Road pedal systems provide a more firmly connected interface between pedal and cleat, and a wider platform to ease 'hot spots' on the balls of your feet. But if you enjoy the Times, I say go for them on your rod bike. You 1. won't have to buy another pair of shoes 2. will probably have better float (I find my DA's lose float due to cleat wear or road grime) 3. you'll get to walk upright in your lugged shoes like a human, and not be slipping all over the tarmac
 

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Frorm the sound of things, I'm keeping my ATACs. Going to get a new pair of Shoes though. I'm due as the NE's are going on 8 years old now. Yeah, I'm due...


Thanks for all the replies. :)

(I still don't know why I don't have smilies).
 

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I, too, ride ATACs on my mountain bike and used them on my road bike for a spell. I switched to Time Impacts on my road bike a number of years ago and do notice an improvement. There is good reason to go to a road pedal with a wider platform. My feet would get hot spots with my ATACs, not so with the Impacts. Float is better with the Impacts and they are easier to clip into. The main advantage to mountain pedals for some people is double sided entry and walkability. Time road cleats are very walkable. Road shoes have very little flex which makes walking more stiff but the Time cleats make walking secure, unlike some other road cleats.

Impacts are now two generations behind the current Time road pedals, the iClics. Entry has been greatly improved and some complained about Time road pedal entry difficulty. I have found entry easier than ATACs and if you don't have a problem with ATACs you won't have a problem with Time road pedals, especially the new iClics. I like the right tool for the job. While mountain pedals will work I think road pedals work better. Kinda like the difference between a claw hammer and a framing hammer. While the claw hammer will work, a framing hammer works better when framing.
 

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On the Road Bike my little toe and that side of the foot goes numb. I don't notice it until about 5 miles in. Think Road Pedals would help eliminate this?
 

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RLinNH said:
On the Road Bike my little toe and that side of the foot goes numb. I don't notice it until about 5 miles in. Think Road Pedals would help eliminate this?
Most likely it will yes

Big platform like so

 

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RLinNH said:
On the Road Bike my little toe and that side of the foot goes numb. I don't notice it until about 5 miles in. Think Road Pedals would help eliminate this?
I think road pedals would help. On a mountain bike you're all over the bike during a ride and the change in positions keeps you from getting hot spots or numbness like you experience on a road bike. Road bike riding is much more static in comparison. Wider platforms support your feet better, also stiffer soles will help. You are experiencing a common problem that road pedals and shoes are designed to address. Hence why they are better.
 

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I would definitely recommend Shimano spd-sl type pedals. You can get the entry level or 105 versions. Make sure your new shoes are road cleat compatible (three hole mount triangle). The nice wide platforms are very comfortable and distribute the pressure nicely.
 

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I got tired of slippin' & slidin' on the tiles at the local coffee shop, walking like a duck, and sounding like the Lord of the Dance troupe any time I had to walk anywhere....

So I've been gradually converting everything to MTB type pedals... sort of.

Haven't used Time...

Mostly used Look road pedals and/or Look compatible, with various road shoes in the past.

I'm now using Shimano A520 "touring" pedals on a couple road bikes....

A bit heavy, but the larger platforms are comparable to most road pedals. Not expensive, pretty widely available, but I am not sure if Shimano is still making them. These fit Shimano SPD SH51 (?) cleats, which also fit my MTB's pedals. These particular cleats don't allow much rotation, but there's another one available that does (although I don't like it because I think it releases too easily).

Currently using Shimano MD86 MTB/cyclocross shoes that are actually lighter than some of my older road shoes and nearly as stiff. Not perfect... I still walk a little like a duck. And the cleat still makes slight contact/noise occasionally. And it's a little harder to clip in, but that gets a lot easier with practice. I chose the pedals above for their larger platform. I don't mind the weight once I get them spinning... of course I'm not racing with them, either.

There are alternatives... including some "road" pedals that will work with Shimano's SPD MTB cleats. For example, I know there was a Dura Ace pedal made in the past that could be used with SH51 cleats (although they technically used another cleat). Maybe an Ultegra, too... although I'm not sure of that. There are also some Welgo and others that all use this same cleat. Most have small platforms, that might be more prone to hot spots.

Who cares what other riders think. I have my share of laughs at their expense over some other stuff, anyway... For example, some seem to buy every imaginable accessory to hang on their $4000, 13 lb. bike, kinda defeating the whole idea!
 

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wim said:
As you said, A 520s are still widely available. But they've been replaced by the A 530s. I'm linking REI because they show both sides of the A 530, but I think the A530 can be had for less than what REI wants for them.
http://www.rei.com/product/764688
Both currently exist. The 520's are single sided while the 530's are double sided (one side for cleat, one side for old school platform).

I am putting the 520's on my new road bike. Review to follow...
 

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Both currently exist..
Correct. I was caught up in the thought that the A530s should replace the A520s, which, IMO, aren't very good. According to some fellow riders, they're sometimes difficult to cleat into (wrong-way hang). I could feel the clip-in mechanism through the softer sole of my sneaker when riding them as platforms.
 
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