Can I use mountain bike shoes on a road bike?

Can I use mountain bike shoes on a road bike?

When the trails are wet and un-rideable and you are kitting up for a road ride, you might wonder, “Can I wear my MTB shoes on the road?” Yes! You can wear your MTB shoes on the ride. Often times, they are more comfortable, sport-specific, and save you from buying another piece of equipment.

Do you wear special shoes for mountain biking?

You don’t need mountain bike shoes. When you’re just beginning it’s fine to use normal shoes like trainers or skate shoes when you ride flat pedals. Once you feel comfortable on trails start thinking about MTB specific shoes.

What are MTB SPD shoes?

SPD shoes, also called spd bike shoes or just cycling shoes, are a type of cycling shoe that will allow you to use a 2 bolt cleat (SPD style) vs a shoe that runs a 3 bolt or look style cleat. Some manufacturers design their shoes to allow for either cleat to be used but these are few and far between.

Can I use SPD cleats on a road bike?

The kicker for road cyclists is that the SPD cleat was really developed for, and is probably most universally known as, a trail and mountain bike pedal. Still, SPDs work great on road and triathlon bikes, and there is nothing wrong with using them if that is what you are most comfortable with.

Why do mountain bikers wear flat shoes?

If riding flat pedals, the best choice is to wear flat soled shoes designed for mountain biking. These have very stiff soles, and a tacky rubber sole which allows the metal pins in the pedals to bite in, providing incredible levels of grip even through very rough terrain.

What shoes should I wear for mountain biking?

Sure, you can wear any shoes mountain biking, but they won’t offer as good of grip or power transmission. If you’re not ready to drop in on a pair of dedicated flat pedal shoes, skate shoes are a better bet than shoes with lots of knobs and texture on the soles as the flat bottom will better mesh with your pedals.

How do you install SPD cleats on specialized shoes?

SPD cleats get attached to the base plate that’s already installed in MTB-specific shoes. Once you align the cycling cleats onto the base metal plate, place bolts into the holes and tighten them but not too hard. Adjust the position of the cleats and then properly tighten the bolts using a hex wrench accordingly.

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