I love the ride and i feel comfortable with the set up/frame.
As you can see, the frame geometry is for comfortable stance. I might try to turn the stem for a more aggressive stance. I also plan to add aerobars. I hope to take it for a long ride tomorrow weather permitting.
Last edited by tiptronic; 03-06-2011 at 10:55 PM.
I have a set of the Speedplay pedals also, but my shoes are the SH-RT80, which are the 2-hole variant. I like that you CAN walk around without hobbling, so I use the SPD-cleats... even though they're not as big and manly as the Speedplay cleat system.
Love the shoes though. -Love them so much I bought a second pair!
But it's not a fashion show to me, if it's comfortable and safe then I'm less bothered. -now if you're wearing full-on yellow jersey/bib/'spensive prints everywhere, then I think people might point at the shoes, but there's no shame in getting the feel of the bike and trying different shoes out where I'm concerned.
Check out issue 3 or 4 of the online rag, IMBike Magazine. www.imbike.com there is a technical section in there and part of it deals with clip placement to maximize energy efficiency! I fiddled with mine according to that info and noticed a pretty dramatic improvement in efficiency and comfort over long rides.
Those are mtb shoes. Road shoes will be flat, no tread, a lot more difficult to walk in, and have a stiffer sole for power transfer. Road shoes can make a big difference in comfort and in power, especially in major hills where flex of the shoe can be really be felt.
Those shoes may fit the pedals but the tread may get in the way.
I doubt that the tread will get in the way, I'm sure they'll engage just fine... My shoes are road shoes, with the inflexible sole etc, but they have the large rubber treads either side of the SPD cleat, which makes walking comfortable and easy. I think that's the whole reason behind the SPD cleat: it's smaller and the shoes can be 'built up' either side, to make them easier to walk in.
Certainly if it's not their whole raison d'etre, it's an enormous benefit!
But as for the flexible sole... yeah, that's probably a drawback.
Oh GAWD!! The disgrace!!
Actually you should just ride whatever works best for you.
I have my road shoes with Speedplay cleats that I use for road and track racing and training in the summer. They are not meant for walking, that is for sure.
Then I have my mountain bike shoes with SPDs that I use for mountain biking and commuting and my winter riding in the rain. But the SPDs work fine for road riding, they just aren't as stable and secure as a road pedal platform. But they do make it easier to walk around in when you get off you bike.
Any of you been watching Paris-Nice?
That Northeast bikes is out, maybe relocated? I picked this up from Belmont Wheelworks. Oddly enough I was just in there to buy a new trainer, but ended up with a bike.