Are Shimano PD-M520 pedals ok for a road bike?
I'm completely new to the world of cycling and have bought myself a second hand bike which comes with Shimano PD-M520 pedals. Appears that these are for a mountain bike - am i ok with these on my road bike? And will the cleats fit road shoes ok - when I'm brave enough to give them a go?
I have both MTB and a Road bike and use the same M520 clip-in pedals on both as felt comfortable with the way the pedals worked and didn’t want the expensive of buying another pair of shoes. Maybe not ideal if I was going to take up road cycling seriously, but for an enthusiastic amateur i'm very happy.
You can put SPDs on road bike shoes, but the combination of hard plastic or carbon sole with a metal cleat against pavement doesn't work well and walking around on pavement, you'll wear them out or mess the cleats up to a point you may or may not be able to clip in or out of the pedals. SPD cleats should be worn or used on shoes where they are recessed, MTB shoes that is what they were designed for not road. If you choose to use SPDs on your Road Bike at least use the MTB shoe and cleat combo so it recessed like many people do including myself, this is my combo. Its far easier to walk in any condition in MTB shoes.