Cycle shoes on flat pedals

DCLane

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They'll be perfectly fine on flat pedals. If you want to use SPD's then the cleats needed come with the pedals.

Shimano PD-M520 have the cleat section both sides, or the PD-A530 have flat one side, SPD cleat the other.
 
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markstev27

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They'll be perfectly fine on flat pedals. If you want to use SPD's then the cleats needed come with the pedals.

Shimano PD-M520 have the cleat section both sides, or the PD-A530 have flat one side, SPD cleat the other.
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They are my first pair. I removed the front two football stud like bolts before use but wasn't sure if I should put them back on
 

Alex321

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They are my first pair. I removed the front two football stud like bolts before use but wasn't sure if I should put them back on
They are only intended to give grip in mud when you have to put a foot down or walk the bike. You don't need them unless riding in those conditions, and even then they are probably only of minimal help.

Unlike regular road cleats, the ones on those are slightly recessed, to make it easy to walk in them, which also means they are perfectly Ok on flat pedals.

There are various options for pedals that are compatible with those but also have a flat side if you just want to ride in the shoes you happen to have on. I use these Boardman ones https://www.halfords.com/cycling/pedals-pegs/boardman-hybrid-team-pedal-357434.html
They come with the cleats to attach to your shoes (as do most SPD pedals).

I prefer the two-bolt SPD type even for my road bike, just because the shoes are more practical.
 

Spiderweb

Not So Special One
Location
North Yorkshire
The shoes you have bought could be used on flat pedals but they look to have a hard plastic sole which will be ‘slippy’ on a hard plastic or metal pedal especially on wet days. If your shoes are unworn I would return them and buy a cycle shoe with a rubber sole, much more grippy but still a relatively stiff sole.

If you decide to buy SPD pedals & cleats as mentioned above then the shoes you have will be fine. Unfortunately you can’t convert your existing flat pedals.

An inexpensive option would be these;
https://www.halfords.com/cycling/cy...g-shoes/ridge-leisure-cycle-shoes-231358.html
 
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slowmotion

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The shoes you have bought could be used on flat pedals but they look to have a hard plastic sole which will be ‘slippy’ on a hard plastic or metal pedals especially on wet days. If your shoes are unworn I would return them and buy a cycle shoe with a rubber sole, much more grippy but still a relatively stiff sole.

if you decide to buy SPD pedals & cleats as mentioned above then the shoes you have will be fine.

An inexpensive option would be these;
https://www.halfords.com/cycling/cy...g-shoes/ridge-leisure-cycle-shoes-231358.html
Yes, good point. I would choose rubber soles over hard plastic ones too. It's painful to smash the inside of your foot against the end of the pedal when it slips off in the wet.
 
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markstev27

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I am not sure whether to return the shoes and get these instead ?

https://www.sportsdirect.com/muddyfox-tour-100-low-mens-cycling-shoes-144093#colcode=14409303
 

cougie uk

Über Member
If you're not using SPD pedals I'd probably just go with normal trainers. I wear trail shoes a lot as they have a stiffer sole than normal training shoes. And you can also use them as trail shoes too.
 

vickster

Legendary Member
This ^^ Cheap cycling shoes will be more expensive than better made trail trainers or walking shoes (and more likely a sale out there)
 

Spiderweb

Not So Special One
Location
North Yorkshire
Good evening,
Cleats, and shoe plates if you are still riding 1980's tech :-), are quite demanding of the shoe and I have a rant here. https://www.cyclechat.net/threads/when-buying-spares-do-we-always-go-for-the-best.277709/

Like most things there is

A lowest possible price to sell at
and
A lowest possible price to sell at that a customer would be happy with the product.

Bye

Ian
 
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