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Why I use mountain bike SPDs on my road bike

My road bike Sebastian
Sebastian - the heavy chain comes off for faster rides

I often get asked why I use mountain bike SPD’s on my road bike, at races it must seem pretty unusual, everyone knows that road SPD-SL pedal, cleat and shoe systems are faster right? Right! I’m sure they are when measured in a laboratory or when firmly attached to a professional cyclist. But alas I am not a professional cyclist and nor do make a habit of hanging about labs. The reason I use them is because they’re far better for walking on. The cleats are embedded up into the sole of the shoe and made of metal, this means that not only when you walk that you’re not clomping along on your cleats, but even on the odd occasion they do come in contact with the ground they don’t wear away so quickly. Continue reading Why I use mountain bike SPDs on my road bike